10 Fun Fall Projects for Kids

As the days get colder and darker, it's a good idea to organize an occasional project to keep kids busy - indoors or out. Here are some ideas. 1. Collect and identify leaves. This can be as simple as gathering leaves and talking about what trees they come from. Or, print out these templates and create a more scientific booklet. 2. Do leaf rubbings. Even toddlers can collect leaves outdoors (green, not dried, leaves work best), place them beneath a piece of paper, and scribble over them with a crayon, revealing the pattern of the leaf on the paper. 3. Make a hand print wreath. Trace your child's hand print onto several colors of craft paper. (Use fall colors like orange, yellow, red, and brown.) Cut a ring from craft paper, or cut out the center of a paper plate to create a ring shape. Have your child glue his or her hand prints on the ring, creating a wreath. 4. Roast pumpkin seeds.

5. Do a life cycles project. 6. Make pine corn and acorn creatures. 7. Read about Johnny Appleseed. 8. Make apple sauce or dried apple rings. 9. Have your kids help you make homemade bread. 10. Make a pile of leaves and let the kids play in it. (When they are done, be sure to use the leaves as compost or mulch!)
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