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Are you looking for fun and educational activities to do with your family this fall? Whether you have kids in school or young children at home you may want to plan a few day trips and engaging activities to spice up autumn this year. Here is a list of five educational fall activities your whole family will be sure to love.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Before you head to the pumpkin patch be sure to check out From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer. This short story explains simple science concepts and is aimed at children ages 4 through 8. After you go to the pumpkin patch be sure to try some of the delicious pumpkin recipes and easy experiments described in the book.
- Go on A scavenger Hunt: Fall is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. Take your family on an outdoor scavenger hunt and discover nature. Search for acorns, different colored leaves and pine cones. After your nature walk, choose a craft you can complete with your children. One is ideas it to create a leaf alphabet.
- Visit the Library: Have you accessed your local library yet? Libraries are a wonderful place to spend time with kids of all ages. Most libraries now carry board books for younger children and DVDs for your whole family. Many libraries also have learn to read programs starting in the fall which you can join for free. It’s an excellent way to expose your child to reading and a chance to socialize with other parents.
- Create a Sensory Bin: Sensory activities are a great way to engage your child’s senses through play. In your fall themed sensory bin you can include: candy corn, acorns, leaves, rocks, small squashes or pumpkins, and dried corn.
- Visit an Apple Orchard: Find a local orchard and plan a visit with your family. Before you go read a book about how apples grow. When you are at the orchard talk about the apple’s different colors and tastes. After you come home with a large basket of apples make applesauce or apple pie together as family.
What is one of your favorite educational fall activities? How do you make educational activities fun for your children?