Looking for some fun Fall activities for your family to do? Here are some great ideas!
Yard Scavenger Hunt
- Put together a list or picture board of items that can be found in your yard in the fall for your child to hunt down. Give them a basket to fill as they work down the list. As they squat to pick up items on the ground, go up on toes to reach overhead, and walk/run with their basket they will be working all sorts of muscles and their balance skills. You can adjust the difficulty to your child’s level considering using simple pictures, combination of pictures and words, words only, or riddles/cues. Not all of us have a yard, but don’t worry this can easily translate indoors using cut outs of fall items or collecting that which you can find out in the community to hide inside. Happy hunting!
- Take turns with your child being the Scarecrow. The Scarecrow adjusts the position of arms and legs and has the other try to replicate it. See who can come up with the best, most creative, or silliest position to keep the birds or animals away from your growing crops. This activity is a great way to work on body awareness and to practice mimicking the position of others which comes in handy during sports or other group physical activity your child may be involved in now or in the future. Happy posing!
Fallen Leaf Scramble
- For this activity you need lots of leaves. The easiest is to use real leaves from your yard, but if you don’t have those, you can find leaf outlines online to print off and color or make your own by cutting construction paper into leaf shapes. Once you have a pile of leaves, you can make a game out of collecting as many as you can as fast as you can. Start by tossing them up in the air so your child can track them as they fall to the ground or collect them mid-flight. Once gathered, use the opportunity to work on counting them. If your child needs something more advanced, you can put a word from a secret message on each leaf and give them the challenge of figuring out what the message is by playing with the arrangement of leaves. Happy gathering!
Fall Animal Movements
- Make a game out of posing or moving like animals that are often associated with fall. Flap your bat wings, sit still and wait like owls, scurry like squirrels, pounce like foxes, and sneak like spiders. See what other animals you or your little one can come up with. Happy performing!