1. Play Conkers!
If you’ve never played this with your kids, you are missing one of the most fun games for fall! You can learn how to play here and find free conker bags templates and certificates to hand out after the game.
2. Go for a walk and kick the leaves.
They sound good, they feel good, and you turn up treasures like woolly bear caterpillars and acorns. Take a magnifying glass and a small sealable bag for found goodies.
3. Smell the fall air!
Take your kids to the park or through the woods, or even just around the block. What can you smell? Wet leaves, fall fertilizing, last mowing, the last trim of a cedar hedge, acorns……challenge your child to identify as many different smells as they can. Write them down.
4. See what’s different as winter approaches. Hand your child a camera and let them loose. What images can they capture of late fall? Don’t guide them……Stay quiet and just let them snap away. It’s one of my favourite activities, because what I see through my children’s eyes is never what I myself saw. Bare trees, icy puddles, winter jackets, one last robin……
5. Climb a tree, roll down a hill, jump from rock to rock…..in other words, don’t let the colder weather keep you inside! Go out and have some fun, but add hats, jackets and mitts first. And maybe a few friends. You’ll be glad you did!
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