‘Fall’ In to Fun
The air is brisk, the leaves outside are changing colors, and Thanksgiving will soon be right around the corner. It is officially autumn, and your children are well into their second month of school. The weather may be getting cooler, but it not time to stay indoors yet. Take advantage and do some fun outdoor activities with your children that will simulate the senses by touching different textures, stuffing, carrying, jumping, climbing, and kneading. Here are a few suggestions:
* Raking Leaves:
o Collect the leaves that have fallen in your yard and gather them into big piles. Use your hands to feel their crunchy texture, or a small rake or broom.
o Separate the leaves by color, size, or shape.
o Run and jump into the leaves. Have a race with a sibling or friend. Play Hide and Go Seek in the piles.
o When you are done, gather the leaves into large trash bags and push them to the corner.
* Apple Picking:
o Go to a nearby apple orchard. Make sure to bring baskets with you.
o Reach up high to pick as many apples as you can!
o Separate the apples by color or size.
o Help carry those heavy baskets of apples to the car and then into your home.
o Use the apples to make homemade apple pie or applesauce. Try using a food mill to churn out applesauce.
* Pumpkin carving:
o Scrape out a pumpkin and carve a Jack-O-Lantern. Have fun feeling the “insides” of the pumpkin with your hands!
o Save the seeds to bake or roast them.
o Paint your pumpkin different colors. Use glitter and sequins to make it interesting.
o Go to the closet and pull out an old pair of jeans and a button down shirt.
o Fill the jeans and shirt with straw to make the body.
o Fill a garbage bag with straw to make the head. Draw a face on it.
o Add shoes and a hat to make it look more real!
* Leaf rubbing:
o Collect different kinds of leaves from the yard.
o Put a leaf under a piece of tracing paper. Peel the paper off of a crayon and rub the side of the crayon over the paper to create a leaf design.
o Play outside in all different playgrounds. Variety is the key.
o Swing on the monkey bars and tire swing and slide down the slide. Keep moving so you don’t get too cold!
o Play on riding toys such as wagons, pedal cars, and tricycles. **Make sure to wear a helmet when riding!
For those Rainy Days:
o Mix and knead dough with your hands or roll it with a rolling pin to make cookies.
o Push cookie cutters of different shapes and sizes on the dough with your fingertips to make cookie cutter cookies.
* Pumpkin Play Dough:
o Add orange, red, or yellow food coloring to white Play Dough.
o Add pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
o Make sure to store the Play Dough in an airtight container so you can play with it again.
Be creative and enjoy the season!Blog written by:
Rachel Romanoff, OTR