Fall can be a sad time because it signifies the end of summer. But, that doesn’t mean that fall can’t be full of fun and games. There are many ways to aid in your child’s development. Plus there are plenty of free fun materials that fall give us in the form of beautiful colorful leaves. Leaves can be used for many things like craft materials or just having the fun of raking them up into a pile and jumping through them. Be creative!
Don’t have leaves falling in your yard? All you need is some coffee filters, food colouring, paint brushes and baking sheets. Spread the coffee filters out on the baking sheet. In little plastic cups, have your children mix the food colouring with water to create your “paint”. Let them try and experiment to make different colours. Then paint the colours on the coffee filters. Make sure that the coffee filter is soaked in colour. Once the coffee filter is covered, you can let it dry or you can let your child come up with a create way to dry it. For example, setting it outside in the sun, letting it blow in the wind or using a hair dryer. Once the filter is dry, help your child cut them into a leaf shape. Now you have some fall leaves. The completed leaves also work well as fall decorations, as they work as sun catchers.
There are also many good fall books to read together with your children. Here are some examples:
- Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
- Why Do Leaves Change Colour? By Betsy Maestro
- Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins
- We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
So let’s get out and enjoy fall because we all know what comes next, winter fun!