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Monday, October 09, 2006

Fall Fun For Your Little Ones

School is back in swing and cooler weather has arrived. Your schedule may be already quite full, but here are a few simple things you can do with your children that you might find both relaxing and educational.

  • Identify the trees that the leaves came from using the Internet or a book on trees.
  • Using clear contact paper, preserve the leaves in a spiral notebook or book with blank pages.
  • Discuss the scientific process behind the leaves turning colors.
  • For toddlers, use the different colored leaves to teach them colors.
  • Discuss the root system and how it feeds the tree and how the tree gives off oxygen.
  • Use fingerpaints in red, gold, orange, and brown to paint an autumn scene.
  • Discuss how this is all part of God's marvelous plan for his creation.
  • Take photographs of your afternoon walk.
  • Gather leaves in a huge pile and JUMP IN!

Here are some things moms and dads can do:

  • Write a poem about your afternoon. Get your child to brainstorm with you for colorful nouns and adjectives.
  • Make a holiday card from your photographs of your day.
  • Help your child paint faces on acorns for decorations.
  • Visit a nursery with your child.
  • Plant a tree. Make it a new annual Treedition.
  • Tie a yellow ribbon for our service men and women. Tell your child about what it means to serve your country and God. Pray for our service men and women.
  • Visit a lumber yard with your child and discuss all the things trees can become.
  • Visit a newspaper. Talk about the origins of paper.
  • Write an article on conservation.
  • Watch the squirrels gather nuts for winter and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

This is just a few of the fun, yet educational things you can do this fall. Remember it doesn't always take money. Just a bit of time and creativity.

3 comments:

Nancze said...

Hi Gina, I'm visiting through the Faith Lifts blog and have enjoyed my visit very much. I am not a writer, but I like to write. Just not talented at it. It's a gift and my gift is in other areas. I do enjoy reading though and am so blessed to meet many writer's online. Thanks for a wonderful site and some great posts! God Bless

Anonymous said...

Hello! I was perusing your site. I found it from the Faith Lifts site. I wanted to mention that there is a month long writing contest called NaNoWriMo that you might not have heard of. It's here if you'd be interested - http://www.nanowrimo.org/
I'll be back to visit another time :)

Tina said...

"Gather leaves in a huge pile and JUMP IN!"

My kids did this recently. They had a blast.