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Fall is well on the way. In fact, I’ve been traveling a little north of my home this weekend, and I can tell it’s definitely coming. We’ve been driving in the mountains, looking at the beautiful turning trees, and I’ve been thinking of all things fall. So, in this post, I’ll be sharing some fun fall learning ideas, and I’ll give you the link to a printable packet to go along with the ideas.
Fall is a great time to study leaves. There are usually plenty available lying around. Go outdoors with your child and gather some leaves. Choose leaves that are not crunchy and all the way dead yet. Bring your leaves inside and make some observations about them. Look up your leaves online and try to identify them, The Audubon Field Guide is free to use (you do have to register), and you can look up your leaves and try to identify them by color, size, shape. Have your child sketch the leaf to observe it better.
You can take this process a step further and talk to your child about types of trees. What types of trees lose their leaves in the fall? Why do they lose their leaves? This site has some great information about trees.
For a fun fall craft, try making apple prints with your kids. Take an apple, cut it in half. Dip the apple face down in some paint and stamp the prints on paper. We’ve enjoyed doing this with fall colors so that our papers end up colorful for the season. Try cutting different types of apples to see if there is any difference in the prints they make.
If your child has an interest in types of apples, this webquest would be a great activity. In a webquest, kids are directed to places in the internet to learn certain facts. They learn how to do research and how to record information. In this quest, the kids will be able to learn about all different types of apples and compare them.
This is another favorite craft. It’s one that never grows old for us. Find some great leaves- not the crunchy ones- and bring them indoors. Place the leaves flat on a table with a piece if white printer paper. Peel a crayon and use the side of the crayon to run over the leaf, making a print. This sometimes takes a while for kids to figure out. If they rub with the tip of the crayon, like in regular coloring, it won’t work.
You could do this activity along with the leaf exploration to help you identify the types of leaves.
Fall Scavenger Hunt
This is a fun activity that involves heading outdoors. Give each child (or team) a list of fall items that can be found in the yard. It’s more fun if you can get the whole family involved. All begin at the same time with a scavenger hunt sheet in hand. Go at the same time and see who can find all of the items on the list the quickest.
Adapt this by pairing younger kids with older ones in teams. And choose things that are in your yard for the kids to find.
Use the pumpkin- a very traditional sign of fall- as a writing prompt for some creative writing. Tell the kids that you won’t be looking at grammar and punctuation, you just want them to write creatively. Talk about pumpkins and let them think for a while. Then set a timer for about ten minutes and let them write.
Kids can choose to write fiction- a made up story about a pumpkin- or nonfiction, including facts that they know about pumpkins. This page is a great resource for kids who want to know more about this traditional fall icon.
If you’d like some worksheets to go along with these activities, you can click here to access them. (You do need to subscribe to my mailing list. I promise no spam, just weekly updates!).
You can find some more great fall learning ideas from the Schoolhouse Crew carnival (live on 10-22-14).