Change of seasons is a really fun time to take kids outside and experience the changes. Fall activities are family bonding activities where a simple walk can turn into an exploration of differences. Kids Activities Blog loves simple fall activities like this one that don’t require ingredients, supplies or money.
Inspired by the venerable SouleMama, I decided to take my boys on a Signs of Fall Hunt because it is such a simple way to celebrate the change of seasons. I also love this fall activity because it “forces” us to pay attention to the details around us and it grounds us in nature. Such a wonderful thing to celebrate.
Change of Seasons
So we went out for a walk. Movement is such a great way to integrate the learning going on in our brains, not to mention a great way to spend time with people experiencing the earth. I started talking to my boys about the smell and crisp feel of the air. Inevitably my 3 year old ask, “Why Mama? Why is the air crisp?” That question easily led us on our Signs of Fall Hunt as I explained the bit about what I know about the change of seasons.
Even in our urban Seattle neighborhood we found APPLES…
Trees were already showing their bareness. Garden beds were past harvest.
And, of course, leaves change colors with the change of seasons. We talked about greens, yellows, reds, browns and oranges – the colors we all think of for fall. My son inevitably asked me, “Why Mama? Why do they leaves change color?” I didn’t have a great answer so we looked up “Why do leaves change color?” on the Science Made Simple website when we got home. You’ll find great explanations there as well as a few experiments. It made for a nice little science lesson built into our fall activities.
Washington foliage doesn’t compare to the foliage with which I grew up in Maine but I’ll take it.
We ended the day with this beautiful book about the change of seasons that I recently picked up at a local bookstore. I highly recommend the book to children and adults. It’s called, The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons by Sid Farrar.
The inspiration behind this post is from The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons by Amanda Blake Soule with Stephen Soule.
I hope that you will take the time to meander around your neighborhood to spot signs of Fall, or other change of seasons. An easy way to celebrate life and the earth with your children!
More Fall Activities
This fall activity celebrates the change of seasons. What a great time to spend with your children outdoors! For more kids activities for fall, please take a look at these ideas from some of the other Quirky Mommas: