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10 Fulfilling Fall Activities for Kids

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10 Fall Activities for Kids

Welcome to the new season’s mild atmosphere, lovely foliage from changing leaves, and remarkable holidays. Enhance your family’s fall experience with these activities.

If you need some entertaining activities to occupy your young children during the fall season, we have some options for you. We’ve prepared 10 fall activities for kids to make this period more memorable.

1. Perform a Leaf Color Changing Experiment

Fall produces yellow, green, red, brown, and orange leaves. This science experiment helps children appreciate nature while having fun and explains why leaves change color.

Materials Needed

  • Rubbing alcohol.

  • Glass jars.

  • Scissors (optional).

  • Filter paper.

  • Leaves of different colors.


  1. Group the leaves according to their color. Then, place them in glass containers.

  2. Cut the leaves into smaller pieces to release more pigment.

  3. Carefully pour enough rubbing alcohol into each jar.

  4. Leave the jars for the next hour.

  5. Strain the leaves.

  6. Then, cut out different leaf shapes from the filter paper.

  7. Dip each leaf into the pigmented rubbing alcohol and watch the color spread across your filter leaves.

2. Family Leaf Rubbing Marathon

Leaf tracing provides a colorful book with different shapes, sizes, and textures of leaves.

Materials Needed

  • White paper.

  • Crayons.

  • Leaves.

  • Spiral binding materials.


  1. Place the leaf on the coloring table with the veiny side facing up.

  2. Then, position your white paper on the leaf and trace the veins and body.

  3. Color until you have a lovely leaf outline.

  4. Repeat until you have a collection of pages to bind.

3. Biodegrading Leaf Experiment

A biodegrading leaf experiment is a fun, long-term project. It’s an educational experience for kids.

Materials Needed

  • Leaves.

  • Clear sealable bags or transparent jars with lids.

  • A permanent marker and some sticky notes.

  • A journal


  1. Dedicate one jar or plastic bag to each leaf.

  2. Seal and ensure the container is airtight.

  3. Label each leaf.

  4. Keep out of sunlight while decomposing by storing it in a cool, dark place.

  5. The purpose of this experiment is to observe how the leaves biodegrade over time. Write down your observations of the changes in the color and texture of your samples.

4. Create a Gratitude Tree

 A gratitude tree shows what your kids are grateful for. There are two types — 2D and 3D. Let’s make a 2D tree.

Materials Needed

  • Real or fake leaves.

  • Brown Kraft paper.

  • Scissors.

  • Glue/tape.

  • A pen.

kid cutting paper


  1. Gather fallen leaves or create yours by cutting the shapes out of colorful paper.

  2. Write what or who you’re grateful for on each leaf.

  3. Outline a tree on brown Kraft paper and cut it out with your scissors. Remember to add branches.

  4. Then, attach each leaf to the twigs with glue or tape.

5. Create Leaf Lacing Cards

Creating leaf-lacing cards is an exciting way to teach your young ones about focus, creativity, and problem-solving.

Materials Needed

  • Cardboard.

  • Paper puncher.

  • Scissors.

  • Tape.

  • Yarn.


  1. Cut out the cardboard leaves.

  2. Punch holes around the edges of the leaf.

  3. Next, apply tape to the yarn tip before weaving it through each leaf.

6. Make a Leaf Collection Diary

Spark curiosity by encouraging children to collect the unique and beautiful leaves they see.

Materials Needed

  • Real leaves.

  • A blank notebook.

  • Laminating paper.

  • A pen.

  • A plant-identifying app.


  1. Gather and dehydrate different types of leaves.

  2. Using the plant identifying app, find out the name of each leaf and write it on the page for it.

  3. Place the laminating paper over the leaf afterward to seal the deal.

7. Make Leaf Skeletons

Leaf skeletons are cool, see-through leaves that you can make at home. Follow the steps below for your experiment.

Materials Needed

  • A large glass or plastic container.

  • Leaves.

  • Water.

  • Bleach.

  • Washing soda.

  • A pot.


  1. Combine water and washing soda into a pot and boil.

  2. Add the leaves and let them sit for two to three hours.

  3. Transfer the leaves to the bowl and combine water and bleach.

  4. Soak for thirty minutes.

  5. Run each leaf under a tap and rub gently until the skin falls off.

8. Create Fall Sensory Bins

There are different variations of sensory play for children. Since it’s autumn, a leaf pile sensory bin can engage and stimulate your children while encouraging them to go outside.

Sensory Bin

Materials Needed

  • A plastic container with a cover.

  • A base material like shredded paper, oats, rice, or popcorn kernels.

  • Fall sensory materials.

  • Decorations.


  1. Fill the plastic bin halfway with the base material.

  2. Add fall sensory items like faux or real leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, or pinecones.

  3. Teach your children how to play with the items in the bin. Reward their creativity and imagination.

9. Make a Play Dough Fall Tree

This Play Dough project can also help your children appreciate the fall season.

Materials Needed

  • Play-Doh.

  • Real or faux leaves in different colors, shapes, and sizes.


  1. Form a tree trunk with branches.

  2. Attach the leaves to the tree trunk and twigs.

10. Fall Letter Recognition

The fall letter recognition is a great way to teach children to identify their A, B, and Cs.

kid friendly craft

Materials Needed

  • Colored and white construction paper.

  • Scissors.

  • Glue.

  • Permanent marker.


  1. Draw a large tree on white construction paper. Add enough branches to contain A to Z.

  2. Label the branches randomly.

  3. Then, cut the colored papers into 26 sizable leaves and label them with the alphabet.

  4. Place the cutouts in a bowl for your children to match to the appropriate part of the tree.

Get Quality Childcare

These 12 after-school fall activities for kids will occupy, teach, and challenge your little ones. However, you may only sometimes have the time to conduct these activities with them. The Children’s Learning Center is here to help when you require extra hands.

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