Fall Leaves Activities

Why do leaves change colors ?

Why do leaves change colors ?~Fall Leaves Activities for All Ages~

Fall leaves make me want to create something!

They’re some of the most beautiful artworks in nature. ¬†Nearly every color can be found. ¬†Even here in central Texas, our leaves have begun to be painted in warm yellows and oranges. ¬† While doing some reading for this post, I realized that there were lots of great ideas for activities to learn about leaves for the Littles crew, but not as many for the older crowd.

Hopefully, you and your family will enjoy this mini fall leaves “unit”. ¬†Really, this is just a list of activities and reading, and would be a great days activity for a Friday afternoon (or Tuesday or any day when the crisp fall weather causes us to all want to be outdoors)…or on a busy week (like Thanksgiving)…or just any day (because YAY you homeschool and can do that!!).

*If you’d like to listen to some lovely, quiet music while you scroll through these ideas, Autumn by George Winston is one of my all time favorites!
Or if you’d like a classic,¬†Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi ¬†by¬†George Winston is nice.

*Why Do Leaves Change Colors Anyway?*

*You can start with this section or skip right to the activities –
I learned a ton about what makes leaves change colors and the types of trees
with the most vivid colored leaves.

-Before you begin, it might be fun to ask your kids why/how they think leaves change colors.
You could write down their initial answers and then review them after the day.
Depending on the ages of your children this can be quite entertaining.

– You may also like to take a quick walk before this lesson to collect some leaves to have on
hand for visuals.

РWhy Do Leaves Change ColorsР a short video by kids, for kids
Chromatography- Why Leaves Change Colors¬† –YouTube ¬†
Why Leaves Change ColorsР short video explanation from DNews
3 Simple Science Experiements: Why Do Leaves Change Colors?  from Playdough to Plato

Why Do Leaves Change ColorsР a simple science experiment from How Wee Learn

*Fall Leaves Activities for the Littles*

Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Unit  from Living Montessori Now
8 Leaf Activities from Teaching Mama
Fall Song, How Many Leaves ?       (Counting & Colors Song)
–¬†Leaves¬†by David Ezra Stein audio picture book on YouTube
   (very nice reading with original music composition)
–¬†Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf¬† by Lois Ehlert – audio picture book
РLots of Leaf Activities and Printables from Enchanted Learning
Leaf Lacing for Toddlers  from I Can Teach My Child
My favorite fall finds for the Littles on my Pinterest¬†board “Littles- Fall Fun”

*Fall Leaves Activities for Everyone*

Falling Leaves Unit Study from DIY Homeschooler
–¬†Autumn Leaves Poetry
РSome great fall leaves ideas from  The Homeschool Scientist
–¬†Fall Leaves Ideas for all ages!
РTONS of Fall Leaf Crafty Ideas from 123 Homeschool For Me
Collection of Fall Leaf Coloring PagesР nice, detailed drawings
  also  HERE
Leaf Identification Cards  (free printables!)  from Wildflower Ramblings

– Leaf Identification App
+ Picture This Plant Identification App

– Some fun snack ideas that aren’t just for preschoolers ¬†ūüôā
+ Fall Leaves Salad (or sandwiches)
+ Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Leaves
+ Colorful Fall Trees

*Leaves Book List !

So I’m a homeschooler. ¬†I can’t resist a books list. ¬†ūüėÄ
Just a few of my favorite books and kits.  The links below are Amazon affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase any of the items below by clicking below, I will get a small commission at NO extra cost to you at all.   This helps me keep my blog running !  Thanks!

*Why Do Leaves Change Colors ?
*Leaf Man
*Look What I Did With a Leaf !
*Because of an Acorn
*Trees, Leaves, and Bark  (Take Along Guide)
*Leaf Collecting Kit* Fall Leaves Journal/Notebooking 
*Hello Autumn Coloring Book  (older kids and adults)
*George Winston “Autumn”
Fall Leaves Cookie Cutter Set

And for those of us who don’t get many fall leaves…
*Fall Leaves Foam Cut Outs
*Fall Leaves Stickers

Texas FallFun Fall Activities

Making Memories


Making Memories

What is your happiest childhood memory?

Stop and think hard.
Close your eyes and remember.
Think of the all the little details.
It will make you smile.
Even today.

Ever think of how your own children might answer this question someday?

Every day, we have the opportunity to create memories with the people we love.
It doesn’t have to involve expensive vacations or extravagant gifts…just some thought
and some time and lots of love.
Get creative !

I have two (update: THREEūüėĪ) ¬†kids in their 20’s.
Every year they ask if we can still carve pumpkins.
It’s a tradition.
They bring their friends…we laugh…throw pumpkin guts…make a huge, sticky mess…
toast pumpkin seeds…eat snacks…and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”.

I don’t know about how life changing or meaningful any of that may be,
but every year,  I take a deep breath,
and let the crazy mess begin,
and know we’re making another memory.

Need some easy memory making ideas today?

Here’s a list that I absolutely¬†LOVE, ¬†¬†just¬†to get you started.
10 Things Children Will Always Remember from The 36th Avenue

Making Memories :)
Making Memories ūüôā



Fun Fall Family Activities

Fun fall activities for families

Fun fall activities for families
Fun Fall Family Activities!

Fall is my Friday Favorite today. ¬†ūüôā
The cooler weather, breezy and brisk;
the beautiful colors,  reds and rusts;
cozy sweaters, hot spiced ciders, and roaring bonfires, oh my!
It just makes me want to get outside.
The change of seasons seems to bring some kind of refreshment to the soul.

This Friday’s favorites are all fall…
**Note: ¬†I think you can enjoy these ideas most anywhere in the country even if it’s
85* like it is today here¬†in Texas. ¬† Alas, I lit my pumpkin candle & sipped my pumpkin spice coffee while writing this post. ¬† It is raining (BIG change), and ¬†it’s 85* today. ¬†That is a change from 105* at least. ¬† It’s fall, y’all ! ¬† ¬†ūüôā

*Go on a nature walk !
Perfect way for everyone to take a break and breathe in the fall !

*100 Things to Do Before, During, or After a Nature Walk ¬†from ¬†Jimmie’s Collage

*Crafty Ideas
* Nature Walk Ideas:  Simple Play from Nurture Store  (all freebie ideas, no worries)
* Leaf Rubbings (with a great tip on how-to for any littles in your family too!)
from Word Play House
Pinecone Spiders  from Fireflies and Mudpies
Fall Walk Windchimes  from Fun Family Crafts

* Fall Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Fall Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt (for all ages!) from Starts at Eight
Digital Camera Fall Scavenger Hunt (free printable)  from Hearts and Trees
Fall Family Scavenger Hunt from the National Wildlife Federation
РSERIOUSLY amazing Family Scavenger Hunt  from My Open Country

**Didn’t find a scavenger hunt that was¬†just right? ¬†Here is the ULTIMATE LIST of scavenger hunts for any occasion ! ¬†Or for no occasion other than kids of all ages seem to LOVE scavenger hunts. ¬†ūüôā ¬† ¬† From My Joy Filled Life

* Nature Notebooking Ideas

–¬†Simple Nature Journaling¬†from¬†The Homeschool Scientist
¬†Inspiration Everywhere¬†uses magazine cutouts of birds & other wildlife sightings…
love this idea!
Assorted Fall “Nature Walk” Coloring Pages
Nature Walk Coloring and Drawing Page

Understanding in Nature Einstein Quote