Fall is in the air. School is back in session. And everywhere you look, kids are gearing up for a fun-filled fall. Fall is a great time of year to be a kid – especially a homeschooled kid. Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, and field trips!
Depending on the area you live in, you and your kids might be noticing the leaves are starting to change colors. The weather is cooling down and it’s no longer so hot that all you want to do is hide indoors.
Plenty of kids (and parents too!) start to get cabin fever this time of year. Nobody wants to spend their days locked inside when the great outdoors are just so beautiful!
Fall Activities and Field Trips for Homeschoolers
Luckily, there are so many fun things to do outside this time of year. And a lot of those fall activities and field trips are educational – perfect for homeschoolers!
Hike Through The Woods
One of our family’s favorite things to do this time of year is go on a hike in the mountains. The mountains are beautiful any time of year, but they are especially fantastic when autumn is upon us.
Walking through the woods, crunching on fallen leaves, and enjoying the multi-colored scenery just puts brings such joy to our lives. In fact, the very thought of a fall hike in the mountains makes me giddy!
Going on a hike is a great way for kids to learn about nature and the world around them. See what wildlife you can observe. Have a chat about the proper way to behave on a hiking trail. Hikes are a great educational activity.
Art and Crafts with Leaves
My kids love collecting colorful leaves. They’ll make beautiful leaf bouquets and bring them to me as a special gift. As a family, we also like turning fallen leaves into some fun arts and crafts projects. We’ll paint leaves and use them as stamps. Or we’ll stick leaves to paper and use them as accents to a painting or drawing.
If you don’t have time for a field trip, arts and crafts with leaves is a fall activity you can enjoy without leaving your back yard. All it takes is a vivid imagination and a few pieces of paper! (and maybe some paint)
While you’re working, have a discussion about why leaves change colors and what makes them turn one color over another. For example – did you know that the color a tree’s leaves turn depends on the minerals in the soil? It’s true!
Field Trip to a Corn Maze
Nothing says fall quite like a trip to the local corn maze. Walking through a corn maze just screams fall, harvest, and Halloween. Family trips to the corn maze are always lots of fun. But did you know there is more to a corn maze than just a good time? This might surprise you – but there is actually a lot to be learned from a corn maze!
What’s educational about a corn maze, you ask? That’s a good question!
Take a peek at this Corn Maze Field Trip Curriculum and you’ll see what I mean. This 36-page unit study walks kids through the history of mazes.
For example – did you know there are multiple types of mazes? It’s true! There is also a great character-building success principle for kids found in the heart of this Corn Maze Unit Study. This guide, just like the other available field trip curriculums, makes it easy for homeschooling families to transform this family outing into an exceptional educational experience.
No matter how you plan on spending this beautiful time of the year, I hope you enjoy life to its fullest. This list only briefly touches on some of the fun fall activities and field trips available this time of year. Find something that makes you and your family happy, and get out and do it!
What are some of your favorite fall activities and field trips? Comment below! I’d love to hear all about it!
About The Author
Charlene Hess spent many years teaching kids before she had her own kids. She now has 7 kids of her own, whom she has been homeschooling for the last 10 years. Charlene still teaches other children outside of her home but finds great joy in exploring the world with her family. Charlene has participated in many leadership trainings with John C. Maxwell. Charlene blogs about her family’s homeschooling adventures over at https://hessunacademy.com