Cooler weather, colorful leaves, apples and pumpkins — fall is my favorite time of year. It’s also a great time to get together with friends. To celebrate the season, consider organizing a fall festival for your children and other homeschooling families. You can host the festival at your own house, or ask a friend if you can use her yard. Your festival might include learning and nature activities, crafts, or games.
Ready to plan? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Costume parties are often part of fall festivities. Encourage guests to design, make, and wear costumes to the festival. You can ask them to follow a theme, such as “items found on a farm.” You might even make it a contest and award small prizes.
- Bobbing for apples: A big washtub, water, and some juicy apples are all you need for this traditional game.
- Catch the Donut: In this “grab the food” game, donuts are tied with yarn and hung from tree branches. Players must try to eat the donut off the string with their hands clasped behind their backs.
- Make a Scarecrow: If you have some old clothes, a few pillowcases, markers, and some hay, try this activity. Divide the children into groups and provide each group with pants, a shirt, a hat, a permanent marker, a pillowcase, and some hay. Have each group begin to create a scarecrow by stuffing the clothes with hay. Next, have the children stuff the pillowcase with hay; this will be the scarecrow’s head. They can choose one child to draw the face on the pillowcase, or each child can draw a feature (such as the eyes, nose, or mouth).
- Scavenger Hunt: Provide each child with a lunch bag and a list of fall items to search for. Items may include things such as a red leaf, a feather, or a stick shaped like a “Y”. Provide a treat for each child who finishes the list.
- Nature Journaling: Create your own nature journals by folding several pieces of plain white paper in half and stapling them together in the center. Have students decorate the cover in fall colors with colored pencils or crayons, then send the kids out to see what they can find. Encourage them to draw and write about the things they discover in nature.
- Read a Story: There are lots of beautiful picture books about fall, including Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall, In November by Cynthia Rylant, and When Autumn Falls by Kelly Nidey.
- Create a Collage: Have the children gather autumn “treasures” from outside, such as colorful leaves, acorns, and seeds. Create a nature collage of the items by gluing them with white glue to poster board.
There’s so much to do in the fall, and planning a festival is one way you can enjoy the season with your children!
Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
Picture By: Dricker94
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell