Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year and a great time for hands-on learning activities with your children. If the weather is still pleasant in your area, here are a few ideas you and your child can try:
Make a Leaf Suncatcher
Collect some of those beautiful colored leaves. Press them between two pieces of clear contact paper or waxed paper. (If using the waxed paper, affix the sheets to each other by ironing them on a low setting.) Cut around the leaf, leaving a little extra as a border. Using a hole punch, make a hole in the top and string a piece of yarn though it. Hang in front of a window and enjoy!
Gather colorful leaves from different trees around your yard or neighborhood. Obtain a tree identification book from the library and find out what kind of trees they are.
Visit an Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, or Corn Maze
Fall is harvest time! Take advantage of the season by studying how things grow. You can even find books at your local library and create your own unit study. Bake a special dessert or pie with the foods you pick.
Stamp a Tee Shirt
Even the smallest children have fun with this craft! Slice an apple in half and use it as a stamp to decorate a tee shirt. All you need is a shirt, an apple, and some inexpensive acrylic paints found in your local craft store.
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of natural treasures you can find around a yard or a park: an acorn, a small rock, a feather, a pinecone, moss, a red leaf, and a yellow leaf. Your list can include even more items. Take a small bag and search outside and see how many items you can find — perhaps you’ll even discover other interesting objects that aren’t on the list.
Whatever activities you choose, be sure to enjoy the season with your children!
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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