Autumn is my favorite time of year as the hot and humid days are coming to a close, the trees and plants change color, and it’s cool enough to wear a hooded sweater some days. Besides being perfect hijabi weather, it’s a point when you know you’ll be cooped up in your home for a few months, so there’s a last hurrah to get the kids outside as much as possible.
I wanted to find some ideas for our family during this season, so I asked some fellow bloggers for their links, and they definitely delivered! If you’ve wanted to share this season with your kids, here is a fantastic list of ideas to get you outside for fantastic fall activities.
Links marked with ** are also appropriate for toddlers/preschoolers
Fall Nature Study/ Fall Nature Walks
**Leaf Identification Cards – What a fun and easy way to make a nature walk more interesting! When kids are young, nature study is mostly about nurturing observant children, and matching with cards they have on hand is a great way to get them looking around, and even better, looking at the finer details.
**Toddler and Preschool Nature Study – We love the printable Eye Spy cards, and have printed the Fall cards for this season. Aamina even likes to have them in the car so we can take them wherever we go.
**Free Printable Flashcards: Leaf Identification Set – More leaf identification cards! Check these out also to get exactly what you want.
Fall Nature Walk: Scavenger Hunt – These are super adorable, and include lists for both older and younger children
Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable Items – The simple action of decomposing is a world of new experiences for kids! Take some time to look around, and notice what decomposes and what doesn’t. This helpful article gives some activities you and your child can do together as science experiments.
Art and Science of Leaf Rubbing – Leaf rubbings are fun, but what more can we learn from this common activity? I’m a big fan of this comprehensive, step by step post on this activity children of many ages can do!
**DIY Leaf Pennant – Another step by step article, and you can use the same leaves from the rubbing activity to do the pennant, this time involving even the very young children.
**Press Leaves for Fall Suncatcher – Another very cute craft that even very young children can help with. I love this idea to hang up in the house, and kids can show their friends and family what they’ve created!
**Autumn Sensory Bin – What a cute idea to spice up your autumn nature walk! She shares how they gather items along the way to explore in a sensory bin at home!
**Learning Through Autumn – Here’s a list of various activities you can do with your children in autumn, and learning opportunities within them. This is a great place to start brainstorming for ideas, too!
**Autumn Nature Shelf – I don’t know much about the Waldorf method, but through the little I’ve read, I was introduced to the idea of a seasonal nature shelf. This post shares their gorgeous shelf and how they use it.
Fall Unit Study
Pumpkin Unit Study – So many things you can learn about pumpkins! This article compiles ideas and resources for a great unit study resource.
**Family Fun Fall Activities – Over 200 activities for you and your family! Awesome!