While winter, spring, and summer have their upsides, there’s no season quite like autumn.
During the fall, the world around us comes alive with color, and temperatures drop without getting too frigid or icy. Then Halloween and Thanksgiving give us something to look forward to — great food, fun decorations, and a chance to spend time with friends or family.
So as summer draws to a close, why not get your household prepped and ready for this exciting next season? From autumn themed worksheets, to fall activities for preschool and kindergarten, here are all the best ways to cozy up and get in the pumpkin spice spirit…
How to get kids excited for fall
Some kids can get a little sad at this time of year — with the days getting shorter and their vacation time being over. But it’s pretty easy to get them excited about fall and all it has to offer, too.
Find fall festivals – Many neighborhoods hold fall festivals to celebrate the season. Some might be canceled this year, but there should still be farms, corn mazes, or pumpkin patches open, each with their own COVID-secure visitation rules.
Bring out all your warm clothes – By October it should be cool enough that you can start pulling out all the winter gear you packed away earlier in the year. Kids will be excited to see their favorite sweater or raincoat again, and will readily embrace the colder weather.
Plan some indoor activities – One downside to fall is the rainy days that often come with it. But they don’t have to be gloomy! Make a list of fun indoor activities you can do with your kids — art projects, worksheets, or science experiments — and refer back to it whenever your tribe needs entertaining on a drizzly day.
Decorate the house – Let’s face it, you’re going to be spending more time indoors — so now’s a great time to spruce up your home space! There’s no need to go overboard, you can find plenty of kids’ crafts on Pinterest, perfect for doubling up as cute fall decor. Finish it off with some scented candles or orange and yellow flowers, and you’re all set!
Do some fall cooking – Hot chocolate, apple cobbler, pumpkin pie, popcorn, roasted corn…autumnal food is pretty delicious. Get your kids excited by making a checklist of all of their favorite fall foods and make something new each week. Your children might be too young to actually do any of the cooking, but they can help choose the recipe, do some easy mixing, and “supervise” you in the kitchen.
Take a hike – If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with brilliant fall foliage, you’ve gotta make the most of it! Find a family-friendly trail near your house and spend a sunny (or at least dry) day exploring. You could create a fall-themed scavenger hunt for your kids, with items like a red leaf, an acorn, a squirrel, etc.
8 best fall worksheets for preschool and kindergarten
Your kids probably understand that there are four seasons but, science aside, did you know that fall plays a really important role in society, too?
Autumn is historically the season of harvest when civilizations would celebrate the gods and goddesses to thank them for bountiful crops. Nowadays, we mark the beginning and end of fall on the equinoxes in September and December.
Our bumper 40-page worksheet bundle has plenty of in-depth information about autumn and how it has evolved as one of the most important seasons in our society. It has activities like a code breaker, creative writing, and a word search to make it all fun and engaging.
Once you’ve covered the basics, you can really dive into the history of harvest festivals all over the world that take place during autumn.
This worksheet bundle will introduce kids to the different ways fall has been celebrated by various cultures throughout history. One activity has them matching crops like pumpkin or oats to their location on a world map, another asks them to illustrate how they imagine each harvest festival to look.
Thanksgiving is, of course, the harvest festival we are most familiar with as Americans celebrate it at the end of November each year. We have a huge array of different Thanksgiving bundles to work through with your kids.
Start off with this 22-page worksheet pack that gives a great overview of Thanksgiving, why we celebrate it, and the Mayflower (the boat used to bring the first English Puritans, a.k.a Pilgrims, England to the New World in 1620). Then this 20-page bundle is all about the food we eat on the holiday and why. Kids will learn about turkey, cranberries, and maize, and the activities have them reflecting on their own Thanksgiving meals and memories.
Halloween = spooky times and sweet treats, right? Well, there’s actually much more to the holiday than many kids (or adults!) may know.
Did you know, for example, that Halloween has its origins in Ireland?
Dive into the history and evolution of Halloween with our 35 pages of worksheet material, designed to help trick or treaters of all ages understand why October 31st — or All Hallows Eve — is a day dedicated to remembering the dead.
As a little spoiler: the original Celtic celebration eventually combined with a Pagan holiday honoring the dead and a Catholic holiday honoring saints. And so Halloween was eventually brought to colonial America. Download our worksheet bundle for a more detailed history and facts, as well as engaging kids activities — one will have them researching and writing a short story about Jack O’Lanterns and Count Dracula.
Looking for more fun and educational ways to keep your kids busy while being stuck inside? Check out our huge database of worksheets. From space travel to Harry Potter, we’ve got you covered on basically every topic imaginable, with fascinating facts and activities to keep your kids busy for hours.
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