Fall is here again! It’s one of my favorite seasons (right up there with spring.)
In honor of the season, I wanted to share some ways you can keep your kids engaged while you write or edit a blog post. These activities are perfect for Family Writing Time or for any other time when you need a little extra time to work.
1. Leaf Rubbings
Head outside with your kids and gather a handful of leaves. Try to get a variety of shapes and sizes.
When you come back in, get your kids set up with crayons (paper removed), and paper. Show them how to make a leaf rubbing, and then sit nearby and work on your post while they make more.
If they make a single rubbing and declare themselves done, consider giving them one or more of the following challenges:
- Make a leaf border using small leaves. Draw a picture in the middle.
- Have leaves arranged from smallest to largest.
- Glue paper together to make a longer picture and draw a tree with leaves on it.
- Experiment with which colors are best to use on top of other colors.
- Estimate how many rubbings you can get on one piece of paper.
2. Making Logs
We heat our house with wood, so firewood gathering plays an important role for our family each fall. This activity is a fun tribute to our time in the woods.
Give your kids some toilet paper or paper towel tubes. Then, have them color each one like bark on a tree.
After they’re all colored, they can turn their logs into a “campfire” in the living room. My kids enjoy building their “fire” in the middle of the room. Then, they bring down sleeping bags and books and camp out by their fire.
3. Drawing Apples or Pumpkins
Set out some of your fall produce, and encourage your kids to arrange a couple of items and draw them. They can create a fall inspired still life drawing.
Once they’re done, encourage them to add additional details or a background to their picture. This way you get a little extra time to work!
4. Build a Maze
Corn mazes are tons of fun! Your children can recreate some of the fun by creating mazes of their own. For each maze, they’ll need a cardboard box, file folders, scissors, and glue or tape.
First, they’ll need to use a pencil to draw a maze on the inside bottom of the box. Then, they’ll cut strips of file folder out. Folding down an edge of the file folder will provide a glueable surface.
They can glue these down along the maze to make a 3D replica.
Younger children can stick to just drawing mazes. If you have more than one child, have them each create one and then trade.
5. Create Fall Decorations
My seven-year-old daughter loves making fall decorations. Set out some colored paper, and a variety of art supplies, and see what your kids can create. Here are some ideas:
- Hand print turkeys
- A “Happy Thanksgiving” banner
- A basket of paper pumpkins and apples
- Place mats with leaves
- A tree with falling leaves for the wall
6. Make a Paper Scarecrow
Challenge your kids to make a scarecrow. Older kids can craft their own using materials around the house. Younger kids can use a printable craft. You can let them cut out the pieces independently, or have them pre-cut so all they have to do is color and glue.
7. Create a Fall Themed Matching Game
With a stack of index cards and some colored pencils, your child can create a fall themed matching game.
They’ll need to create several pairs of cards that go together. They can make:
- Matching pictures
- A picture that matches a written word
- A picture that matches an initial letter
- Matching fall words
Once you get your post written, have your child set up the cards upside down, and then play a round or two together.
8. Create a Mosaic
Set out bowls of fall seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.). Then give your child some white glue and paper, and have them create a mosaic.
They can make a fall scene, or anything else they’d like.
9. Make a Fall Inspired “Hidden Pictures”
Do your kids enjoy reading Highlights as much as mine do? The Hidden Pictures are their favorite puzzle each month.
Let your child create a Hidden Pictures drawing of their own for you to solve when you’re finished working. To get them started, make a list of fall items they can “hide” in the picture. Here are some ideas:
- A piece of firewood
Need More Ideas?
If you want some additional ideas, here’s a post of 10 Fall Activities for Family Writing Time.
What are you going to have your child do first?
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