Hello Fall! Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

Hello Fall! Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox (via Green Acorns)

Days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, leaves are putting on a colorful show, animals alter behaviors in preparation for what’s to come. There are so many changes happening in nature right now that it’s hard not to notice. Embrace the season, connect with nature and celebrate the approaching equinox with these resources and ideas…

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Hello Fall! Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox (via Green Acorns)

Happy fall!
Fondly,

Monique

 

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Four Fun Explorations For Fall!

Four Fun Explorations for Fall - Green AcornsMy 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…Four Fun Explorations for Fall - Green AcornsMUSHROOMS

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:

Four Fun Explorations for Fall - Green AcornsPHASES OF THE MOON

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:
    • Coverprint 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.

Four Fun Explorations for Fall - Green AcornsSQUIRRELS

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:

Four Fun Explorations for Fall - Green AcornsBIRD MIGRATION

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.

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…

Fondly,
Monique