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.