This post was written by Emily Powers of Teachable Mom-ents
Pumpkin Seed Math
This is a great activity for children learning to count by tens and so on. First, you will need a pumpkin. Ask your child to guess how many seeds are inside of the pumpkin. Document their answer and then carve the pumpkin. Once you have removed all of the seeds, have your child start counting them and group them into tens, twenties, or even hundreds. Document the final count and see how close their guess was! This activity can be a bit time-consuming (we used a small pumpkin and ended up with over 400 seeds!), but it was really fun.
Leaf Handful Counting
First, go on a nature walk (or into your backyard) and collect a bag of leaves. Have your child guess how many leaves they can pull out in a handful, and document their estimate. Now have them pull out a handful and count the leaves! This is a “game” that you can play over and over again – encouraging them to keep guessing how many they can pull out in a handful!
Corn Sensory Play
Fill a sandbox or sensory bin with corn kernels, shovels and buckets. You will have super fun sensory play – and *bonus* – it is pretty easy to clean up!
Make Apple Cider Donuts
Home Made Simple offers a great homemade apple cider donut recipe. Plan a fall picnic (maybe at the apple orchard) and enjoy this yummy treat!
We love to paint pumpkins in our house! A fun variation on typical “pumpkin painting” is to make pumpkin prints. After your child has painted the pumpkin, have them roll the pumpkin across a sheet of paper to make a print. You can also do this with Indian corn! If you want to take it up a notch – carve shapes into the pumpkin before you paint it, and the shapes will show up on the paper when you roll the pumpkin.
Apple Float Experiment
You will need an apple and a bowl of water. Ask your child if they think that apples can float, and why. Now let them drop an apple into a bowl of water and see what happens – *hint* – it floats because 1/4 of an apple is made up of air!
I hope you enjoy these fun fall activities! What are some of your favorite projects during this beautiful time of year?
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