First (and slightly obvious), the trees are not dying, they are getting ready for winter.
- Talk to your child about what happens to the weather in the fall. I like to ask questions to see if they know, then help them if they don't. For example, you could ask "What happens to the weather in the fall?"
- You could then ask "What do we do to keep ourselves warm?" If you child doesn't know, explain we wear layers or long sleeves or whatever to keep warm.
- Explain that trees do the same thing. The leaves fall off the tree so it can put on more "layers" and protect it's self from the cold.
Why do leaves turn red, yellow, or orange?
- Leaves naturally contain many colors of pigments. When cold weather arrives, the green pigment is the first to break down or die. Thus revealing the other colors always there.
Dead leaves are important and help the forest remain healthy.
- Dead leaves break down and release nutrients into the soil. Thus "feeding" the trees and plants in the forest. Just like mulch in a garden.
-Have kids push away ground cover to reveal soil. My son used a stick. I used my hands.