Inspired to learn this fall

Date: November 3, 2017 Author: admin Categories: Learning Styles, Uncategorized

Fall is a special time of the year, when the nature is changing colors and the air is getting colder and crisper. We find ourselves slowing down a bit and spend more time inside. It’s the perfect time to bunker up on good books and magazines. But it’s also an excellent time to be together and create some fall themed crafts that can inspire learning

 

Create environmentally friendly crafts2017_Nov_fallleaves_string

Many crafts can be created by using items around the house, such as egg cartons, cardboard, old newspaper, boxes, string, crayons, etc. enchantedlearning.com  suggest making a string of leaves to decorate a room. These simple-to-make strings make great fall or Thanksgiving decorations. You can drape the strings across rooms, over windows and from the chandeliers.

Together you can count the leaves and name all the vibrant colors.

 

Learn about nature

2017-November_Fall-Crafts-and-Activities2-Another fun project that teaches children about nature in their own area is to create a book with leaves and encourage them to match the leaf to its tree. 

This is a fun outdoor activity that inspires learning and writing. While you can do the prep-work for them by collecting the leaves, it’s also fun to go leaf hunting together. 

Make it extra exciting by giving them a magnifying glass and a pair of binoculars if available.

 

 

Autumn Math

Thekindergartenconnection.com posted easy to create pumpkin number mats that children can use to learn their numbers.2017-november_Pumpkin-Counting-Mats

To prepare these fun mats for your children you will want to first print them out and laminate them for sturdiness.

Then, add playdough and a dry erase marker and you are set! Alternatively, you can use counters or other fun items in the ten frames instead of playdough, such as fun erasers or pom poms.

Children love to play with dough however and the pinching and forming of the number is great for strengthening little fingers and builds up those writing muscles. These crafts are fun, easy and will keep your child busy on rainy fall days.

 

Reading together

There is also an endless amount of books about fall to choose from. 2017-busySquirrelWhen the wind is cold and the rain won’t stop, cuddling up with your little ones with a good book is close is really special.

The busy little squirrel by Nancy Tafuri is a cute book about a little squirrel getting ready for winter. The preview reads ”The leaves have started to fall.  The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. But there is one thing he can do!”  There are plenty of pictures in this book to look at and talk about with your little ones.

 

 

Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer is another educational and 2017_nov_book_acornbeautiful book to read with your child.

This picture book explores the connections between the layers of an ecosystem, relating how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. 

This is a book where you and your child can talk about all the beautiful pictures and your child can tell you what s/he thinks will happen next.

 

2017_Nov_going on leafeHuntWe’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger is a book about three friends on a fun leaf-finding adventure!

This fun new version of the popular book “We’re going on a bear hunt”  begs to be read out loud.

There are lots of beautiful fall leaves to find and your child will learn about different trees such as Maple and Birch and what their leaves looks like as they climb mountains and walk through dark forests.

 

Learning can be both fun and easy. Explore some new books this autumn or go outside and learn about the amazing changes that comes with seasonal changes. Creating seasonal crafts is not only fun, but  educational as well.