Get Ready For Fall Fun!
|Written by: Deborah Shelton |
Submitted On: 10/30/2003
|Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Put down the remote control and get ready for some
serious fall fun with your family:
-- Go for a nature walk! Collect leaves, small twigs, nuts,
colorful rocks and other items to decorate for fall.
-- Decorate a wooden or papier-mache picture frame with
found treasures from your nature walk.
-- Practice letter and number recognition with a leaf hunt.
Trace and cut leaf or pumpkin shapes from orange
construction paper. Make 26 shapes, one for each letter of
the alphabet. Write a letter in uppercase on one side, and
its lowercase match on the opposite side. Place the leaves
in various places around a room: propped against pictures,
on bookshelves, windows, etc. Make different games: Call
out random letters and ask your child to find them; cut out
pictures from magazines and ask the children to find the
letters that spell that word. This game can be adapted for
any season or holiday. For instance, use hearts for
Valentine's Day, clovers for St. Patrick's Day, and so on.
-- Collect coats, warm clothing, blankets, and food items to
donate to homeless shelters and emergency relief shelters.
Winter is right around the corner, making this a much-
welcomed and appreciated gesture.
-- Make leaf pictures. Draw an autumn scene on a piece of
construction paper. Outline your picture with glue and
sprinkle crushed leaves on top to decorate.
-- Load the family into the car and visit a pumpkin patch!
Spend time choosing just the right pumpkins: different
shapes and sizes, some for carving, and some for painting.
-- Fill the house with pumpkin heads! Decorate miniature
pumpkins with paint, markers, glue, googly eyes, and yarn
for hair. Anything goes!
-- Make feeders for squirrels and birds. Make simple pine
cone feeders by spreading a mixture of suet and birdseed
onto a pine cone. Tie a piece of string to the cone and
suspend it from a low tree branch. For a different type of
feeder, fill a small wicker basket with nuts, seeds and
corn feed, and attach it to a tree in your yard.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
--Deborah Shelton is the author of The Five Minute Parent:
Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones. Visit
The Five Minute Parent website for fun rainy-day activities,
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