I know the New England area is renowned for the colors of Autumn, but as I get out and about here in the PNW we can be awfully proud of our own spectacular show put on by the changing of the seasons! What a sensory extravaganza! THAT of course means it’s full of learning opportunities for kiddos!
Go out on a nature walk!
Collect LEAVES: Be sure to look for
1. Different shape of leaves OR
2. Leaves in a variety colors
For example, look at this leaf I found….
Its vibrant color stopped me dead in my tracks. The photo might be hard to show it here, but it was stunning!
Let’s do some SCIENCE!
Your kidlet can compare & contrast leaves by…
• Asking them what’s alike and what’s different
• Counting the lobes on the leaves
• Putting the leaves into ‘like colors’
• Sorting the leaves by edge texture-ie., is it smooth, jagged, etc?
Encourage your kiddo wonder what will happen to a leaf when they:
1. Put a leaf outside, uncovered and unprotected, but unable to blow away
2. Place a leaf in a folded paper towel outside, again being careful it can’t blow away
→ Check what happens to those leaves every couple days
Extend the Science…
Test leaves in a different setting:
1. Put a leaf somewhere indoors; perhaps, on the laundry room countertop, but somewhere out the way
2. Repeat, placing a leaf in a folded paper towel on the countertop alongside the uncovered leaf
→ Check what happens to the leaves every couple days
In the Meantime…
While you’re waiting for (any) changes READ: Wonderfall by Michael Hall. I’ve shared my LOVE of children’s picture books, nature AND science. Wonderfall is a good combination of all!
• When the leaves have ‘changed’ encourage your child to make an observation.
What happened? Why did it happen? What factor(s) do they think influenced the end result? ACCEPT all answers!
Autumn, Pumpkins & Halloween!
The season of AUTUMN is also pumpkin time! Before heading to your local pumpkin patch,
READ: The Very Best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton.
Going to Jubilee Farm for our annual Pumpkin Patch Field Trip was a highlight for everyone from preschool kidlet to parent to teacher! Friendship is a central theme in The Very Best Pumpkin. Below you can see friendship was a central theme at preschool too! Here they’re trying to see how many friends can sit on a pumpkin at one time!
Pumpkins are Sensory Activities!
• Cut the top off and let your kidlet scoop out the pulp!
• Help your kiddo separate out the seeds from the pulp. At preschool we set it up to be done with HANDS only, but some kiddos might need to use a spoon
• Maybe you make a jack-o-lantern out of your pumpkin
Instead, maybe make a jack-o-lantern out of seeds
• Make sure to save some pumpkin seeds to grow your own pumpkin next year or bake them for a tasty treat!
When the Treats Are Gone…
After Halloween, READ: Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell….
Notice if your jack-o-lantern follows the same pattern as the one in the book. Let me know what happens!
LOOK for MORE AUTUMN books and learning activities with the AUTUMN set of Go PLAY Activity Cards!
Yours in Play!