Ahh, fall . . . the air finally starts to cool down, and nature bursts forth in glorious colors. My favorite season seems to go by so quickly, making me want to savor every minute of it. Before the holiday season comes around, why not celebrate fall with some ideas for simple fun.
Here are my top 10 fall fun ideas:
1. Read fall themed picture books for read-aloud time. Some of our favorites are In November by Cynthia Rylant and Jill Kastner, If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, Oxcart Man by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney, Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert, and Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Let’s Read and Find Out Science.
2. Go on a color scavenger hunt outside. Set a timer, hand out small paper bags, and send kids out to find something red, green, brown, yellow, orange, black, purple, and white in the backyard.
3. Then, pull out your nature journal and some color pencils, and draw some of your finds. Observe what looks different outside during this season.
4. Gather some leaves and make rubbings on plain paper with broken bits of crayons. Cut out the leaf rubbings, punch holes in the bottom, then string on a strand of yarn to make a fall bunting for your schoolroom.
5. Paint leaves with different colors of acrylic paints and press them onto paper like stamps. Overlap to create a fall collage. Once dry, cover with clear contact paper to create a fall placemat for your school table.
6. Put leaves between sheets of wax paper. Iron until it sticks, and then cut out around leaves, leaving a small edge. Stick onto your window with double stick tape for some pretty fall sun catchers.
7. Clear a spot on your kitchen counter to set up a drink station. Fill jars with flavorful tea and hot chocolate, and gather some mugs. Don’t forget the sugar cubes and honey! Snuggle up with a steamy mug while you read your history lessons in the afternoon.
8. Visit an apple farm, and bring home some apples to bake or use to make Crock Pot apple butter. Pick out a big orange pumpkin while you’re there!
10. Rake up a big leaf pile, and spend the afternoon diving in. It’s fun!