If I had the choice, I would most likely choose real versus fake leaves. But these are great, reusable indoor activities to do this fall. Go grab a package of these leaves from your Dollar Tree:
There are endless possibilities! You can use these leaves as is! Just set them out as part of your loose parts or your sensory table.
If you want to extend play, throw them in a basket with a pair of tongs and some Uno or Skip-Bo cards.
Invite children to draw a card and place that many leaves on the branch. This same game can be played outside with REAL leaves, too.
You can further extend play, by writing the letters of the alphabet on the leaves. I used a permanent marker, but make sure you protect your writing surface. The marker does bleed through very easily.
I chose to write the lower case letters. You could buy a second pack and write the capital letters. Then you could invite your child to match the lower case to the capital letter leaves.
What are you going to do with your leaves?