Three More Fun Fall Activities
So, you’ve hit every pumpkin patch, apple orchard and harvest festival in a ten-mile radius. You’ve carved the jack-o-lantern, eaten the doughnuts and sipped the cider. Nothing to do but wait for the first snowfall, right?
No way! There’s still plenty of autumn fun to be had with your kids. Here are some ideas:
• Create a nature table. This Waldorf-inspired activity is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in year-round, but the fall is a particularly abundant time for natural treasures (and since they’re laying around on the ground they’re easy for little eyes to spot and little hands to grab). It doesn’t have to be fancy: any small table or little corner of your home will do. For inspiration, check out this beautiful example of a nature table by Eren at The Magnifying Glass.
• Make sun prints. Take advantage of those beautiful, sunny fall days by using the sun’s power to make a pretty record of your discoveries! Photosensitive sun print paper is easy to use and even works when it’s not super bright outside. Have your child collect treasures (small, flat items with a little weight to them work best as the item will need to stay still on the paper for up to 5 minutes) and then use them to make unique works of art. Or get really creative and try this idea from Allie at No Time For Flash Cards.
• Rake the leaves. The great thing about yard work? It doesn’t feel like “work” to little kids. They’ll gladly rake (if you can, acquire a child-sized rake or two to make it easier), stuff leaves in bags, pick up sticks, sweep off steps and sidewalks, and of course, jump in piles! Check out this blog post featuring leaf-loving kids by Sarah at Running Mama.
How will you enjoy nature with your kids this week? Please share in the comments below!