Fall for us is a lovely change of season. We have cooler temperatures (sometimes), colorful trees, falling leaves and the harvest season. It also means walks in the woods, visits to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, and also visits to the local parks. The weather can be sunny and slightly warm (or hot depending on the year) but it can also be wet, foggy and cold-ish. It can even be all of that in one day. That’s what we get for living in a state surrounded by water. But this change in season does help to bring a fresh look at creativity for us in our daily homeschool life.
Since the weather can be fickle during the fall around us we can’t always plan on spending all day outside. But if we are outside there are plenty of places to enjoy and get a boost of creativity from. Places like:
- Apple Orchards
- Pumpkin Patches
During the fall the beach has fewer visitors and we love exploring the shore’s changes along with the different animals, birds and creatures that show up in the different season. The woods also is undergoing changes that are a great source of creative inspiration. Colorful leaves, acorns, pine cones, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, migratory birds and ducks are all busy during this season. Apple orchards and pumpkin patches are ripe with not only fruit to be harvested but also fun and exciting ideas to use while getting creative.
Since the days can be windy, damp and cold we also like to visit indoor places like museums and libraries.
Fall is filled with fun creative activities in our homeschool. We create acorn tea sets, pine cone bird feeders, waxed leaves, leaf curtains, apple stamps, pumpkin pies and so much more. Gathering items from the shore, woods, or other areas we visit is all part of the fun. Taking photos is one of our favorite fall activities. We love comparing the same area year after year through photos to see how it has changed and stayed the same. We might make up stories about the critters we encounter on our walks in the park, the woods or just around our neighborhood. There are so many creative activities that can be encouraged just from the change of season.
I’ve talked about creative looking before but it still bears repeating. Looking at things from a creative perspective really helps us see things differently. We can listen to the howling song of the wind. The shapes and colors of the leaves are beautiful art. Sunlight makes mysterious patterns while streaming through the leaves and branches of the woods. Ducks make formations in the sky as they fly south. Wonderful smells from apples, pumpkins and spices make us think of delicious treats. The kids can write poetry or stories about what they discover. They can also draw, paint, sketch or take photos of the season’s items too. These are just a few of the ways we look at things creatively. It is all about being inspired and giving a boost to creativity.
What type of creative activities do you and your kids do during the fall? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Also don’t forget to Also, don’t forget to sign-up for the Homeschooling With Tea’s mailing list. Receive the free, exclusive “Homeschool Art Journal Pack” now and tips, resources, how-to’s and extras in the future.