In light of all the trees changing colors, this is a simple game we played the other week.
- 4 pairs of autumn colored paper – cut matching leaf shapes for each pair
- on each pair write an activity – one word can be divided by a dash
- laminate and cut out again
Activity 1 (for higher functioning riders able to search and find objects):
- Keep one set of leaves on a barrel, face down
- Spread the matching leaves around the arena
- The rider picks which color leaf they want and reads what is on it (have fun with “ngs”)
- The rider finds the matching leaf in the arena
- The rider puts them together to figure out the activity
- The rider does the activity
Activity 2 (for lower functioning riders that need objects held up for them):
- Put on set of leaves on a barrel, and the matching set on another barrel, on opposite ends of the arena
- At the first barrel the rider picks which color leaf they want
- Ride to the second barrel – you may want to include weaving cones, trotting, poles, etc. in between the two barrels
- At the second barrel the rider finds the matching partner (you may have to hold the selection up for them)
- Read the activity to them, then do it
There’s a million other variations you can do, I’m sure! Have fun!
Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgment!