Fall is here! This means parents and guardians will be looking for fun, seasonal activities, for the whole family, that foster a children’s social-emotional growth. Would you be interested in speaking with a local Goddard School educator about fall activities that encourage imagination, develop vocabulary skills and spark creativity?
Here are some examples:
- Create a leaf masterpiece: Going on a leaf hunt is a great way to get the whole family outside! Have your child collect their favorite leaves, making sure they are dry and bug-free, and talk with your child about the assorted colors and the adventure you had. Press the leaves in an old book for a few hours to help preserve them. Provide crafting materials and ask your child what they want to create and to tell the story of their masterpiece.
- Explore Pumpkins: Pumpkins are fantastic for sensory learning! Allow your child to touch and explore the pumpkins and have them explain how the pumpkins look, feel and smell. Cut open the top of the pumpkin and let your child see the pumpkin’s insides. Ask the questions: What do you see? What do you feel when you touch the pumpkins? What do you think is inside the pumpkins?
- Try apple printing: Apples are in-season, and your child can use apples as stamps to create fun crafts! Simply cut an apple in half from top to bottom, or get creative with different shapes for the apple, and dip it in paint to create homemade stamps for printing on paper and fabric.
- Share child-appropriate spooky stories: Gathered around a bonfire, create a mildly spooky story with children. You can begin by starting a sentence and asking them to finish it. You’ll be amazed where their minds will take them. Don’t forget to write the story down for lasting memories. For example, “As I was trick-or-treating on Halloween night, I heard a rustling in the bushes and …”
- Play a game of “I Spy”: Play “I Spy” with your child to encourage imagination. This game is excellent for building your child’s vocabulary and understanding of language. The player who starts picks an object that everyone can see and provides a hint – it can be a color or the beginning letter of the word. For example, if the player chooses a red barn they may say, “I spy with my little eye something red.” Players take turns guessing the object until someone gets the right answer. The first person to guess correctly can choose the next object.