Celebrate the autumn season and nature's colorful array of leaves! Don't forget to put on your sleeves!
Fall is here. Its extraordinary effects, are near . . . check out these 5 fun fall-inspired reading activities for PreK and elementary-aged children.
ACTIVITY 1: Flashlight Fun*Visual Sensory*
Ages: Infant and up
We love the Flashlight Fun activity we found on whattoexpect.com - check out the original here.
Watch the amazement in your child's eyes, as the lights dash, beam, and dance, from one surface to the next..
Tissue paper or scarf
Rubber band or masking tape
Colored Pencils or Pens
Support young learners in recognizing letters by creating alphabet stencils to go with the tissue paper or scarf filters. Parent can write words on tissue paper - sound out the word, spell it out, say the word and have your child repeat it, and even use it in a sentence together!
ACTIVITY 2: Fall Scavenger Hunt
Ages: 6 and up
We hope you enjoy this activity we found, with free printables here.
Let’s help a scavenger find its list of treats with a fun-filled fall scavenger hunt for kids! Not only is this a great way to explore nature, but it puts our mini detectives on the case for discovering, problem solving,
BONUS LITERACY IDEA:
Reading lists together can be a fun activity for young learners - shopping lists, packing lists, ToDo lists, you name it. Create a list together and practice sounding out the words on the list and/or spell each item out loud and on paper with your child. See if they can remember at least one word on the list and share a special treat with them when they do!
ACTIVITY 3: Fall Themed T-Shirts
Ages: 3 and up
Get creative, with a young learner, and help them make something they can learn from and wear at the same time.
Find some “HOW TO” videos, and more examples of ABC SHIRTS here.
BONUS LITERACY ACTIVITY/IDEA:
Parents can work with their early reader by having the child point to a picture on the back of the shirt together and practice the sounds of the beginning, middle, or ending letters.
For example, parent points to the "A" in "APPLE" and says, "a /a/ apple," and the child repeats. You can also practice spelling the word–[arent: “A-P-P-L-E”. Child: “A-P-P-L-E. "Or, parent can say “Repeat after me” a…A…p…P…p…P…l…L…e…E.”
ACTIVITY 4: Fall Bingo
Ages 4 and up
Reminisce one of your favorite childhood games, with a twist. A fall-themed activity to spark curiosity and learn about fall.
Adults can find some free fall-themed BINGO printables here. You can also create you own, online, or in the comfort of your home.
This fun activity is great one=to-one, in small groups, or with an entire class!
BONUS LITERACY IDEA:
Practice beginning and ending sounds of the words children are covering on their bingo board. For example, if the word called out is "Turkey," say "Turkey! What's the first sound in turkey? /t/ That's right! What letter makes the sound /t/? T!"
ACTIVITY 5: Edible Pumpkin Play Dough *Texture Sensory*
Ages: 2 and up
You may have some things at home that can make a fun and doughy treat! Introduce a different style of reading enrichment with your child/children with edible pumpkin play dough.
Making the dough together can bring a sense of warmth and coziness to the atmosphere. Children will practice reading and following directions and creating something they can play with and eat..
For full recipe, click here.
BONUS LITERACY IDEA:
You can use this experience as an opportunity to work on recognizing letters in the alphabet and building decodable words together.
Using the dought, the parent/child can roll out pieces and shape them into the letters of a word such as CAT, TOP, or DIG. Once the word is built, have your child use their hands to smash each letter while saying it's name–C. . .A. . .T!
Make more letters, words, and even shapes with the dough and then . . .
EAT THAT DOUGH! As you are wrapping up with the play dough experience, allow the child to enjoy a treat, with their lesson.
Use this fall as an opportunity to learn more fun-filled and engaging fall reading activities to do with our children. HAPPY FALL TO YOU ALL!!!!!
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