As I had stated earlier, we are spending a month focusing all of our attention on learning about leaves and trees. To ensure that the knowledge learned during this month persists, we have designed and made an educational game based on William Joyce’s book The Leaf Men. The Leaf Men is about an elderly woman who tends a garden until such time that she becomes ill. Her illness brings about the near demise of her beautiful flower garden. Neighborhood children and insects who love the garden fret over its state, and ultimately the insects go on a quest to save it. In the process, they enlist the help of a mysterious lost toy.

Our game consists of a board game with an enormous number of colored squares that make up the ailing woman’s quilt. We need a lot of spaces to allow for the enormous number of leaf and tree related questions that we are trying to fit in. Game play proceeds when a player rolls a color coded die. The player moves to the colored space indicated by the die. Alternatively, he encounters the “lose a turn” spider or a rose that allows him to reach into a bag and pull out a leaf shaped token. Back to the tokens in a minute.

Whenever a person moves to a space, he will take a card and answer a question about leaves or trees. If he’s right, he can take a token from the bag. If the token has the lost toy on it, he automatically wins the game. Otherwise, the first person to traverse the quilt to the old lady wins.

The Leaf Men Book & Game

The Leaf Men Book & Game


Our Leaf Men Board

Our Leaf Men Board


Leaf Men Playing Pieces & Die

Leaf Men Playing Pieces & Die


Leaf Men Question Cards

Leaf Men Question Cards


Lost Toy Token

Lost Toy Token

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