I. Love. Fall. I can’t express to you how much I love fall. The colors, the smells, the foods, Halloween, cooler weather; everything about this time of year makes me happy. I burn pumpkin candles pretty much every day and eat candy corn like it’s not available all year round.
Fall is also a great learning time. Even though students are just getting back in school this is a crucial time to really get them interested in things at home. This is also such a great time to be outdoors. I know there’s a lot to do outside in the summer but personally, I don’t think you beat taking a walk in the woods on a fall day. I am also a sucker for photography. I used to freelance when I had the time but now it’s pretty much just me and my Nikon and my poor baby that I make model for me all the time. Fall is prime photo time! Get your kids out playing and snap some photos.
For toddlers and elementary school aged kids this is a great time to get them outside and exploring nature.
Have them collect leaves and make a collage. This is also good for more than one child, the younger one can collect and the older one can actually do the gluing. Leaf painting is also a fun outdoor or indoor activity. Round up some leaves, some washable paints, and white paper or canvas. use the leaves as stamps and brushes. Pumpkin painting is fun after spending some time washing them off in soapy water (sensory activity).
Or have a scavenger hunt. Use a board (or just a piece of paper) and write out a few things for your child to find (a red leaf, an acorn, a beetle, a bird, ect). Whenever they see that item they can check it off.
Storytime is one of my favorite activities during the fall and spring. Grab a blanket, some drinks, a few books, and lay outside to read.
Using a pile of leaves as a cushion to jump on is never a bad idea either.
Middle school and high school students also have things to do this season. Scarecrows are a great STEM learning activity. Engineering, construction, and design are at the root of creating a sturdy and usable scarecrow. Check out your closet for old clothes or go to your local Goodwill and let them pick out whatever outfit they may want to use. Here is a good site for instructions on building a scarecrow.
Taking your teen to a farmer’s market or apple orchard is another good way to get them outside and learning. If you have any experience with canning foods or creating preserves this would be a good time of year to teach your teen. With Thanksgiving around the corner having your teen help make some nonperishable food items for charity would benefit them and others.
Don’t forget fall is a great time to throw a party! Whether it be a back to school thing, a birthday that is in the fall, or just because, teens have a lot of options. Here is a great list of ideas for a fall party.