Fall fun: Engage in activities that keep children active outdoors

Don’t let the cooler weather deter you or your children from taking advantage of the great outdoors; look for ways to stay active during the fall season.

When the weather starts to change and the leaves start to change color on the trees, you know that fall is here. When you hear the wind blow feeling a slight chill and the leaves being brushed around on the ground, you know that fall is here. This is the time of the year when people usually retreat inside and find things to occupy their free time. Actually this is the perfect time of the year for youth to get active outside.

Youth can go outside and have fun raking leaves. Leaves can be very fun because there are different types of leaves that kids can have fun trying to identify. They can also rake them into a big pile and play and jump into them for fun.

If you compost at home, it would be a great time to teach your child about the role and importance of composting and how leaves provide carbon for the compost. If you don’t have a compost pile, you can always start one with your child.

Another thing you could do is go leaf picking. Youth can find one leaf or several leaves and create a project out of it. After you have found your leaves, take some wax paper and place a leaf between two pieces of wax paper. Take a section consisting of two pages of a newspaper and place the wax paper containing the leaf between it and run a hot iron across the newspaper. This will create a nice preservation of the leaf. You could do several different leaves and make a booklet containing many leaves.

This is also the time of the year where local farmer have corn mazes and hay rides. This is truly a time to continue exploring the great outdoors while staying active and creative. Take some time to see what else you can do outside or in your community for some fall fun.

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