As you settle into the new school year, I challenge you to keep your kids learning, even at home. How can you do that, you ask? You might have to take away the phones and tablets and turn off the T.V., but it will be worth it.
As you may have gathered by reading some of my previous posts, I am all about kids going outside and learning about science. Fall is a great time to get outdoors because the weather is starting to get a bit cooler and after a long day at school, it is quite refreshing.
So, on to the activities.
Go on a bug hunt! Bug catchers or nets are pretty easy to come by (ie. Amazon) and they are great tools to use with children. Have your kids search bushes and trees and decide which plant produced the most bugs. Ask them what they think a bug might look for in a home. Make your own “Choice Chamber” for your collected insects. This is a neat way to see what kind of environment an insect prefers. This blog has the directions.
Check out the weather. Why is the weather changing? Here in Nebraska, we get quite a bit of wind, so check out this link from Steve Spangler Science to make your own weathervane! http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/weather-vane/
One awesome thing to do in the Fall is to go outside after dark. It gets dark a little earlier, so you have time to get out before bedtime! If you are like me and live out in the country, clear nights are perfect for stargazing. You’d be amazed at all the stars you can see without the interference of city lights. Try downloading a few stargazing apps for your phone or tablet to incorporate technology into your science adventure!
Look for creatures of the night! Lots of different (and cool) animals come out strictly at night. These are called “nocturnal” animals. Bats, raccoons, moths and owls are all nocturnal. If you want an easy way to attract nighttime bugs to inspect, hang a white sheet or cloth up and shine a flashlight or lamp on it. Pretty soon, you will have lots of bugs to look at and observe!
Check out this Apple-Cano experiment from YouTube. You’ll want to try this outside.
So, as you can see, there are lots of great fall activities for you to do outside with your kids! (P.S. It’s football season, so try passing the football around for a while to get pumped for the big game!)
What other kinds of things do you do outside in the Fall? C’mon, I know you have ideas. Post any thoughts or ideas that you have on the blog, Facebook or Twitter!
And as always, THINK OUTSIDE!