Updated: Sep 22, 2021
Here are 5 fall activities that are sure to be a hit! They are not your traditional fall activities for kiddos. Here at Thoughtful Play, we like to think outside the box. These are the types of fun learning activities you will see in our kindergarten curriculum.
These fall activities are great to do with the whole family. Consider using them in the evening or on the weekend, or if you are a homeschooling family, consider infusing them in your day.
We know you'll enjoy these fall activities and the great news is they don't require extensive materials. You’ll only need some construction paper, tape, scissors, glue, washable paints, some fall fruits and veggies, and that’s it! Enjoy and play on!
Embrace fall fun together with these family friendly fall activities:
Fall Headband Game
Invite your children to think of things that they love about fall and on index cards draw pictures of these. (For writing practice, have them write the word, as well). Shuffle the cards and place them facedown - ideal if you have at least 5 cards.
Use a strip of construction paper or cardstock to create separate headbands that fit around each family member’s head. The headband should go around your foreheads to the back of your heads.
Each player puts their headband on their head. The first player selects a card from the facedown pile of cards. Using a piece of tape, the player secures the card to their headband without looking at the card.
The player with the card on their headband asks “YES” or “NO” questions to try to guess which animal is on their card. One rule is that a player cannot ask a yes or no question about whether or not it is a particular animal. Here are some examples of questions to ask: “Does it fall from a tree?” “Is it orange?” “Does it crunch when you bite into it?”
Once a player thinks they know what is on the card on their headband, they say, “I have a _______ on my headband!” If they get it wrong, they put the card back in the pile. If they get it right, they get to keep the card.
The player with the most cards, once all of the cards have been used, wins!
Use shapes cut out from orange, red, brown, and yellow construction paper to create a “fall scene.”
Cut out triangles, circles, squares, rhombuses, trapezoids, pentagons, and hexagons. Invite your children to help cut them out too after you draw the shapes on paper.
Give each family member a piece of paper, card stock, or poster board. Using glue and the shapes, the whole family can capture what the fall looks and feels like to them. Put out markers or crayons for everyone to use to add on to their picture.
Be sure to write your names at the bottom, just as artists do, and give the artwork a title too!
Fall Harvest Painting
Create a painting made from foods that are harvested in the fall. This is a great introduction to using non-traditional utensils for painting!
Use an apple cut in half, an ear of corn, a halved sweet potato, and any other fall fruits or vegetables that you have in your kitchen.
Place dabs of paint around a paper plate as a palette. Have another paper plate available for mixing colors. Consider providing only red, yellow, and blue. Together explore how to make orange, green, purple, and brown.
Place the fruits and vegetables into the paint, or use a paintbrush to wet one side with paint, then make a print on a piece of paper.
Continue making prints of the fruits and vegetable to create a fall harvest painting! Consider drawing in a basket to show the crops have been harvested, or include the trunks, vines, and stems to show these crops growing before being harvested.
To include an academic component in this project, examine all of the fruits and vegetables closely before painting. Look at the apples seeds, pull off a corn kernel for examination, etc. Discuss the purpose of seeds, the tougher outer layer, such as the skin of a sweet potato or the husk of an ear of corn, and the stems. For older children, invite them to research the life cycle of one of the fruits or vegetables, and create a drawing with labels and informational text to explain.
Research which foods are grown and harvested in your area (look up local farms on the internet).
Gather paper and art supplies to create a menu for a pretend restaurant that uses mostly local foods, spices, and herbs (i.e., Farm to Table). Brainstorm different meal or snack options. Invite your child to illustrate their menu and name the dishes that they serve.
Here are some examples: Popcorn Yum Yums (local corn used to make popcorn drizzled with butter from a local dairy farm), Tomato & Cucumber salad (local tomatoes and cucumbers drizzled with olive oil and salt), Sizzling Kabobs (local meat and vegetable kabobs cooked on the grill), Sweet Potato Pudding (local sweet potatoes cooked and blended with coconut cream, sugar, and vanilla).
If you can, select one dish together to make with mostly local foods, spices, and herbs (this can be done on the same day that you create the menu, or planned out for a future date).
For an academic exploration, discuss why climate conditions allow certain foods to be grown/raised locally. Explain that “climate” is the typical weather in an area over time. The type of climate, in particular the temperature and amount of rainfall, determines which plants and animals will do best on a farm in your area.
Fall Gratitude Reflection
Create a list of things for which you are grateful. Try to focus on things that come from the Earth and things that meet our basic needs (e.g., clothes, shelter, love).
Create illustrations of all of the things for which you are grateful that help you live!
Invite your child to write their name and display their artwork.
Consider taking inspiration from the Cherokee, a Native American tribe originally called the Aniyunwiya, who held a ceremony in the fall called the “Great New Moon Ceremony.” The purpose of this celebration was to show their appreciation and gratitude to the natural world and each other. The Cherokee believed the new moon in autumn is the start of a new year, so it is like their New Year’s celebration. They would come together and bring food to share, play games, and dance to music. It was also a time of reflecting, renewal, and rebirth. This might have included a deep cleaning of their homes and traditions to symbolize starting again.
Read the text We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell & Frane Lessac, and discuss.
What does “Otsaliheliga” mean?
What are some ways to show gratitude?
How do you show gratitude?
We hope you enjoy these fall activities that are designed with the whole family in mind! Fall is such a special time to spend together. Take this opportunity to embrace warm colors and tastes, feelings of gratitude, and fun for the whole family!
Enjoy and Play On,
Hollie & Katie