While there are many fun things to do during the Fall season, many children enjoy doing the simple things that they may not have a chance to do at other times. In the second part of our Fall Reading Fun series, we focus on the fall harvest. (You can read about even more fun fall books and activities in the first post of this series.)
Apple Picking Fun
- Start the fun by reading Apples, Apples Everywhere by Robin Koontz. The children in this story take a trip to an apple orchard. They learn about different kinds of apples, find out how cider is made, and pick their own apples.
- You could also read Curious George Apple Harvest by H. A. Rey. In this book adapted from the television series, George discovers an apple cider press and make a mess trying to make his own apple cider!
- Now, take a trip to your own local apple orchard. While every orchard lets you pick your own apples, you may be surprised at the other fun things you can do there. They may have a wagon ride, a hay maze, or even their own cider press that your children can watch in action. No matter what attractions your orchard offers, take the time to let your children pick some apples of their own to bring home.
- Once you get the apples home, give your children the opportunity to help you cook the apples. You can start simple by making delicious crockpot applesauce. Or if you are a better baker, you can let your children help you make their own mini apple pies. They will enjoy being able to create their own delicious desserts from start to finish!
Pumpkin Patch Fun
- Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat shows your children what happens in a pumpkin patch from spring through fall. They will enjoy seeing the work behind the cute pumpkins they see everywhere.
- Another fun pumpkin book is The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain. While the Berenstain Bears hope to win the blue ribbon for their oversized pumpkin, they learn that win or lose there are always things to be thankful for.
- Your children will love having an opportunity to pick out their own pumpkin after reading these fun books. If possible, take your children to a pumpkin patch where they can pick out their own pumpkin. (If you don’t have a local pumpkin patch, you can always visit a grocery store or garden store to buy pumpkins.) Once you bring the pumpkins home, let your children paint or carve the pumpkins. You can then display them on your front porch or walk to show off your children’s artwork!
Reading fun books about apple picking and pumpkin patches are a great way to teach your children about harvest time. Letting them pick their own apples and pumpkins is a natural fun extension of what your children learned in the stories. What other fun fall trips do you take your children on?
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