For all those Fall Fans and Autumn Aficionados out there, this post is for you! We’ve got learning activities, family ideas, and custom fall-themed games — for indoors AND out. These autumn recommendations come straight from our top-notch team of contributors, which consist of Pediatric Occupational Therapists, Blog Ambassadors, Guest Bloggers, and more. Read on for this roundup of fall games, activities, and experiments…
Learn which fall chores are GREAT for your kids’ mental and physical development. Pediatric Occupational Therapist Cindy Utzinger (of Building Write Foundations LLC) explains how pulling a wagon full of leaves or carrying a filled watering can gives kids proprioceptive input that is both calming and mentally organizing. She also gives her recommendations on kid-sized tools that will help your Fall-Chore Day seem more like a Family Play Date when you do it right. YOU get the help you want — YOUR KIDS get the skill development they need. Learn more in the full post: “Fall Is in the Air.”
In school or as a family, everyone seems to be taking a road or bus trip to the Apple Orchard or the Pumpkin Patch these days. Before you let your little ones pick their favorites off the tree or vine, share some fun facts about apples and pumpkins so they’ll know what to expect and look for. And be sure to download our FREE Printable Apple- & Pumpkin-Picking Coloring Page to teach little ones where their apples and Jack-O-lanterns came from.
Get a free downloadable Fall Leaf BINGO card to print, plus instructions for playing the game indoors or out. (HINT: BINGO can be shouted even LOUDER outdoors, so that’s always a hit with kids!) Our Guest blogger Joyce (Childhood Beckons) teaches you how to play this custom-created game using her quick-and-easy template in her full post: “Fall Leaf BINGO (with Printable).”
Leaf rubbings have never been easier! Learn the “secret weapon” to easily flatten and rub your leaves to create Autumn Art for your windows or walls in record time! Follow up with a trip to the library or an internet search to identify and label the leaf types you used to create your leaf rubbings. If you’re tired of peeling paper wrappers off of your crayons or losing half of your leaf-rubbing supplies as they roll off the table and break, you’ll want to click here to read Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen’s (Inner Child Fun) full post: “Leaf Rubbings On the Go.”
You didn’t think you’d get through a fall roundup without at least ONE creepy, Halloween-themed fall activity, did you? In this post, Sara Zenner (Bitz & Giggles) shows you 4 Halloween experiments that will drive kids “batty” with delight: (1) Spooky Expanding Ghost, (2) Cosmic Colors, (3) Magic Motion Punch, and (4) Electric Eels. Anytime “art smocks are recommended” appears in a post, you know kids are gonna be up to their elbows in FUN! Check out Sara’s full post, “Spooktacular Kitchen Science: 4 Fun Experiments for Halloween.”
For even MORE fall-themed activity, snack, and learning ideas, be sure to check out our Fall Fun Pinterest Board.
And don’t forget…Melissa & Doug is a SUPER-CONVENIENT way to order your child’s Halloween Costume online this year. Check out our full selection of Costumes and role play accessories by clicking here.
Make time for Creative Play — Every Day!
See ya next time!