Celebrating Fall

There’s so much to do with young kids in the fall.  Second grade is the perfect time for a field trip to the pumpkin patch, for example.  Lots of small farms offer pumpkin patch excursions for kids this time of year, and some even combine that with a fun hayride too.  Apple orchards are fun too, especially for pick-your-own apples, and homemade apple cider!

Anything having to do with a harvest theme is popular in the fall, from September all the way through Thanksgiving.  It’s also harvest time for winter squash, turnips, and all sorts of other garden produce too.  Maybe a lesson about gardening or plant life cycles would be useful, or even something having to do with the weather and the importance of bringing in the harvest before the first frost.

You can also make pies, bread, and other pumpkin treats, or learn how to make applesauce or apple cider with your second grader.  They’ll enjoy the food even more if they helped to make it!

Another beautiful way to celebrate fall would be a hike in the woods to admire the fall foliage.  State parks often have hiking trails, and some city or county parks too, and you could even bring some friends along and pack a lunch.  Talk to your kids about the changes in nature in the fall, and how animals and plants prepare for winter too.

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