My kids and I usually do some activities together to observe the autumnal equinox but this year I wanted to plan out activities to do throughout the season to fully celebrate fall. Here is a sampling of some of our investigations…MUSHROOMS
Mushrooms can be found year round but are most plentiful in the fall, making it a perfect time to do an investigation. We are just starting our mushroom explorations. These are some of the resources that I’ve rounded up:
- Knowing how to identify mushrooms is a must!
- Learn about how mushrooms grow: images & video
- A tutorial on how to draw them
- Make some spore prints
- A couple of crafts to try – acorn cap craft & origami mushroom
- Did you know that some mushrooms glow in the dark? (see some here and here too)
- The Art and Science of Mushrooms lesson plan
- A great video: Stalking the Wild Mushroom
This is something that we visit over and over because as the kids notice more they want to learn more. I think it’s a fascination that can last a lifetime. Don’t you? And with it getting darker earlier, fall is the perfect time to get outside before bed for some moon spotting.
- We shared some activities and resources for learning all about the moon in this previous post and talked about moon spotting in this post at Playful Learning.
- You can download our moon journal with an updated cover. The inside of the cover includes the monthly full moon names and phases of the moon vocabulary. You can print as many observation pages as you need. Please note the printing directions below:
- Cover – print the two sheets back to back on the same sheet
- Observation pages – choose “multiple” with 2 pages per sheet. Print on both front and back sides of your paper
- We like this phases of the moon flipbook and game idea.
Whether you live in a rural area or an urban one, squirrels are a common critter and easy to observe and are especially active this time of year as they prepare for the winter ahead. All the resources you need to learn more about squirrels can be found in our previous post:
You may know by now that my children LOVE birds (they have started a bird-feeding sanctuary in our yard), especially my son who has become quite the knowledgeable young birder, so learning about bird migration is a must.
- 9 Awesome Facts About Bird Migration to get you started
- Naturalist Outreach has a wonderful video all about bird migration
- You could give Audubon’s online Bird Migration game a try.
- Or if you want to get more active, try this Arctic Tern craft and game.
- Learn about a specific bird and map it’s journey with this activity.
- And here are some books to check out:
- Of course, one of the best things you can do is to grab your nature pack and get outside. Even in your own backyard you may see birds that you don’t normally. Keep your eyes and ears open! Head to a park or other nature center to see migrating birds on a wider scale. There are some tips here. We rely on our local Audubon chapter and bird groups for good places to go as well as best times to go.
- One last fun fact: Did you know that large groups of migrating birds show up on weather radars? It’s true!
What are your favorite ways to commemorate the autumnal equinox and celebrate fall? We would love to hear about it and please do share your favorite resources!
Happy fall! Have a wonder-filled day…