Kate’s Corner
Nov 20 2017

  Fall Fun!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and fall is definitely in the air.  Simple pleasures are found when we look out our windows, talk about our neighborhoods and gather together in fun and learning.  So while fall food is on your shopping list and kids are in your kitchen – enjoy the beauty of fall together!

Some fall fun:

  • Collect leaves! Fill a lunch bag or another house container with beautiful, crispy fall leaves.  Young children love to collect & carry leaves in their own bag. Older children enjoy collecting leaves and sorting by; color, shape or size.  Help them identify an oak, an elm or a maple leaf.
  • Speaking of leaves – nothing beats a pile of crackly, crispy, crumbly leaves! With rakes and mittens, get all of those yard leaves into a great big pile.  But before you bag them up, run & jump in them!  Throw them around and make it “snow” leaves – gear up for winter.
  • Squirrel food! Acorn, chestnuts, hickory nuts and seeds make wonderful food for squirrels.  Collect nature’s nourishments and sort together in simple bags or bowls.  Roasting hickory and chestnuts, tasting acorn butter, and sorting dried fall seeds is great fun and learning.
  • Fall melt – away. Adult partners needed.  Find all of those small bits of crayons that you have been meaning to throw out and create beautiful leaves!  Use an old cheese shredder or paring knife to whittle crayons.  Place crayon sprinkles on a sheet of wax paper, wax side up.  Place another sheet of wax paper, wax side down on top.  Cover with a thin towel and “iron”.  The crayons will melt in the wax.  Cut out some leaf shapes and string to hang in front of the window.
  • Fall forest. Children can tear / cut and paste brown paper “tree trunks” on large plain paper.  Using glue sticks or liquid school glue add colorful leaves children have collected outside to their tree trunks.  Be sure to add a bright sun, cotton clouds and a crumpled leaf ‘ground’ to your fall forest.
  • Big Twigs. Collecting sticks is fun for older children.  In a wagon or wheel barrow let children walk through the yard or neighborhood collecting fallen sticks.  Sequence their sticks with them from the smallest to the tallest – the thinnest to the heaviest – the one with the most bumps on the bark to the smoothest…. Make up more comparisons.  Be sure to have a pretzel stick for everyone!  Recycle the collected sticks as appropriate to your neighborhood.
  • Warm seasonal foods. There’s nothing better than stirring cinnamon sticks in hot chocolate, baking a warm apple pie and enjoy  pumpkin pancakes ~ add a scoop of pumpkin pie filling to pancake batter. How about a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to top it off?  Yum.

In this month of Thanks – we are so aware of the beautiful blessings of our families. Enjoying simple fall activities that bring laughter and love to your home is a true reason to be thankful.