What is a fall bucket list? A list of things you want to do with your kids this fall while enjoying the season!
Fall is my very favorite time of the year — for wardrobe, food, activities, and even homeschooling. The colors, multitude of seasonal activities, and changes make it a perfect topic for many homeschool studies or just a bit of fun. I have come up with a list of 25 activities, unit studies, and projects that have an educational benefit to them. We are going to cross off as many as we can this season and I invite you to do the same!
Fall Bucket List for Homeschoolers
- Visit a pumpkin patch–
Take a measuring tape and a ruler to measure the height and circumference of different pumpkins.
- Use crisp colorful fall leaves to make art–
Glue various shapes and sizes to a plain piece of paper. Use stickers, markers, and crayons to turn them into animals, people, or other objects. Look What I Did with a Leaf is a great book for inspiration! Don’t miss this list of 30 Fall Crafts for Kids.
- Have a fall scavenger hunt–
Take turns coming up with a list of things to find. Keep it fall themed — acorn, a red leaf, a pumpkin, etc. This is especially fun if you are on a fall field trip somewhere.
- Make an apple or pumpkin pie–
You will get science, math, reading, and practice following directions in one afternoon.
- Visit an apple Cider Mill–
Write a little bit about the process when you get home.
- Take a trip to the library –
Check out books on fall, snuggle up, and read them with a mug of hot cider. Here are some Thanksgiving books to consider.
- Have a canned food drive–
Help your child organize a canned food drive. Service is an important part of homeschool and should be included when possible.
- Visit a corn or sunflower maze in your area–
Make educated guesses to find your way out, take photos, and have fun!
- Use fall manipulatives–
Use pumpkin seeds, candy corn, acorns, or cranberries for math manipulatives.
- Make a pumpkin patch diorama–
This is a fun interactive art project they won’t soon forget. Provide them with clay, felt, construction paper, and other items. Let them use their creativity in any way they can.
- Family Cook-off–
Plan and cook a fall dish together as a family — chili, soup, stew, pumpkin soup, etc.. Or put each family member in charge of one dish.
- Silly Scarecrows–
Make a scarecrow to represent each member of the family. Use clothes recently outgrown or pick some up at a thrift store.
- Decorate for fall–
Using homemade art pieces, store bought items, and fresh uncut pumpkins as well as gathered leaves, twigs, and pinecones.
- Rub it in–
Make leaf and tree bark rubbings.
- Fall nature walk–
Go on a Fall themed nature walk, gathering fall items like colorful leaves, acorns, seeds, and pinecones.
- Leave the schoolwork behind–
Take a break in your homeschool day to jump in leaves.
- Fall Photos–
Take a fall photo every day for a month – jumping in leaves, holding your pumpkin at the patch, around a bonfire, or dressed in fall colors.
- Research Leaves–
Where the leaves change colors the most, when, and what makes them change colors.
- Unit study on Johnny Appleseed–
Use the computer to research and/or books from the library. Check out this post to get you started.
- Unit study on Thanksgiving–
Pilgrims, Native Americans, and the story of how it all began is an important part of our history.
- Unit study of bats –
Don’t forget to include the sweet story of Stellaluna!
- Unit study on Christopher Columbus–
Columbus Day is in October. Read this post to give you some ideas.
- Make a Fall lapbook–
Let them choose their own topic – bats, owls, apples, pumpkins, pilgrims, or hibernation to name a few. Check out this list of free and frugal fall lapbooks.
- Fall Experiments–
Find a fun fall theme experiment on Pinterest and give it a try!
- Preserve leaves–
Pressed between the pages of a book or ironed between sheets of waxed paper.
What’s on your fall bucket list?