The Goddard School of Waukee issued the following announcement on Sept. 9
Leaves, pumpkins and apples – oh my! Fall is here, and a new season means innovative and exciting ways to teach, learn and explore. Make the most of autumn every day of the month with your little one by trying out a few (or all) of these seasonal-inspired activities.
Pack a healthy and nutritious lunch for a picnic in the park.
Rake leaves, and have your little one jump and play in them.
Have a popcorn, pajamas and movie day while watching family-favorite Halloween films.
Gather Halloween- and Thanksgiving-themed books, and read them outside with your child on a sunny afternoon.
Have your children sit down and think about what matters most to them. Then, have them make a thankful list and display it.
Go on a nature walk around your neighborhood. Bring a small bag for all the different fall treasures you find along the way.
Go pumpkin picking. Let your little ones roam so they can find the perfect ones to bring home.
Have an arts and crafts afternoon by painting and decorating pumpkins and leaves.
Carve out a jack-o’-lantern, and then play with the mushy insides with your children, allowing them to examine the mush in a sensory bin.
Visit your local library, and let your children find books they love. Bring the books home to read together on the couch or before bedtime.
Create a cardboard tube bird feeder with your children and hang it on a tree Then watch and write down all the different birds that gather in your yard.
Make a special homemade Halloween or Thanksgiving card and send it to their grandparents.
Spend an afternoon or evening baking. Bake and decorate fall cookies, pies and cupcakes together.
Visit a farm and go on a hayride. Enjoy time outside spent experiencing the season of autumn.
Play hide-and-seek inside the house at night with glowsticks.
Let your children create imaginative and spooky Halloween art. Let their inner creativity soar with their drawings and paintings.
Attend a local fall festival or county fair in your neighborhood with your family.
Go Halloween costume shopping with your children or spend an afternoon together constructing the perfect homemade Halloween costume. Don’t forget to take pictures when they are all dressed up.
Carve a jack-o’-lantern and teach your children how to roast the pumpkin seeds.
Spend quality time in the kitchen following a recipe and making a delicious soup together. Pretend you are making a potion or spell. Get your little ones involved by letting them measure, mix and add ingredients.
Drink warm apple cider or hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows on a cold day!
Take a scenic drive or road trip to see the fall foliage. Let your children examine the world through the window so they can see how miraculous the season can be.
Organize a fun scavenger hunt in the backyard.
Gather the family outside by a bonfire or in the kitchen to make s’mores after dinner.
On a rainy day, bundle up and splash around in the puddles outside.
Visit a local farmers market.
Go to an apple orchard and spend the afternoon picking apples.
Snuggle up by the fireplace inside and tell creative stories.
Visit a local museum or arboretum to experience one-of-a-kind fall exhibits for children and families.
Explore a corn maze suitable for children.
Original source can be found here.
Source: The Goddard School of Waukee