Summer’s ending, the leaves are changing, and that crisp autumn air is filling our lungs. Winter is just around the… okay, let’s not think about that just yet. My favorite pumpkin-filled season is here and it’s time to take advantage!
Hands-on learning is one of the best ways for children to explore. Try adding these creative crafts to your repertoire:
We also found a great list of songs and activities for toddlers and preschool-aged children that will teach them about making pumpkin pudding, body awareness, and nature.
- Take a nature walk.There’s no better way to expose children to nature than by taking them to a nearby park or hiking trail. It will give the kids some exercise and you can turn this into a learning experience about why we have seasons.
- Scavenger hunt. While you’re all out walking, take the opportunity to create a scavenger hunt — or plan one in your backyard! The kids will love looking for acorns, different kinds of leaves, pine cones, and more. This is a great paired or group activity. You could even have a little competition!
- Leaf piles. I couldn’t leaf this one out. When spotting a big pile of leaves, I think back fondly to memories of jumping in with a big grin on my face. Of course, now I realize how dirty these piles can be… but that doesn’t mean the kids can’t enjoy them! If you run a home daycare and rake your leaves, leave them out for the children.
- Apple Orchard. Especially in the Northeast, it’s common practice to take students to the nearby apple orchard and go apple picking. Usually that consists of hay rides, drinking apple cider, and an all-inclusive day with parents.
- Pumpkin Patch. You can find these just about anywhere during the month of October. You may even find a few pumpkins at the apple orchard. Whatever the case, have your students pick out a small pumpkin so you can set up a time for pumpkin carving later that week.
- Corn Maze. In more suburban areas you can easily find a corn maze designed with kids in mind. It is a scavenger hunt as well as a game to get out of the maze. This may be a handful with many children, and is perhaps an activity geared towards children over 8, but it offers a challenge to students who love stretching their problem solving skills.
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That pumpkin spice blend is here for the next 3 months. I know you secretly love it – so embrace it! Here are a few delicious recipes guaranteed to satiate any picky eater:
You could also create an a la carte style snack for students. Start with a few healthy fruit base options like apples, grapes, and pears. Then have bowls out with a variety of toppings, like cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, pumpkin spice flavoring, and more.
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