Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Family Fun: First Day of Fall

Fall is almost here!

Friday is officially the first day of Fall this year and after much fighting, kicking, screaming and wishing for Summer to come back, I'm finally excited and ready for it. Fall is actually my favorite season, probably because I love baking, a lit fireplace, crafting and anything Thanksgiving-related.

Today I wanted to share with y'all some fun family-friendly things you can do with your kiddos to help usher in the Fall season. You could spread the activities out over the weekend or do them all in one day.

#1 - Read it!

There's so many awesome Fall-themed books out there but I wanted to focus on the leafy aspect of Autumn so here's two that perfectly fit that theme:

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is a cute story about a man made out of leaves who travels all over the place, wherever the wind takes him. Click here to find it on Amazon. Also check your local library. I know ours has several copies.

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro. This is a book for young children (PreK-2nd) about different kinds of leaves and the simplified scientific details about why leaves go from green to shades of red, orange and yellow. Here's the link for Amazon and again, check your library!

My daughter always wants to know why things happen and doesn't rest until she gets the scientific explanation so this book was perfect for her little curious mind.

#2 Walk it!

 This is the perfect time of year to head out on a little nature walk with your kiddos. Bring a bag with you and stop to collect any interesting leaves you find. As you pick them up, help your children identify what type of tree the leaf came from. Make it a challenge to see how many different kinds (and colors!) of leaves you can find on your walk.

#3 Create it!

Using the leaves you collected, create your own leaf man or woman. I found this cute idea on Meet the Dubians.

Click here for all the details.

#4 Eat it!

You knew I wouldn't let you go without a fun food idea, right? I love cute little lunch ideas for kiddos and thought that celebrating the first day of Fall was the perfect time to make one.

I used a mini leaf cookie cutter to cut leaf shapes out of a PB & J sandwich. The trunk is 100% natural fruit leather. Grass is sliced celery. The apple was cut out of jello. The sun was cut out of cheese.

If you had a teeny tiny apple cookie cutter, I think it would be really cute to put little apples on the tree. Or maybe fill a muffin cup with yogurt and place the mini apples inside the yogurt so it looks like a basket of apples.

If your kiddo doesn't like natural fruit leather, you could also make the trunk out of the classic ants on a log snack.

Just have fun with it!

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