Fun Leaf Activities That Will Get Kids Excited for Fall!

The bright and colorful leaves of fall just beg you to have fun with them! From jumping in piles of leaves to creating fun art projects, the possibilities are almost endless. I love when the trees around us start to change color and all of the beautiful fall decorations start to come out. We decided to embrace the fall season and have some fun with colorful leaf activities!

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The Big List of Back to School Books

It’s that time of year again! As you check things off the school supply list and start to prepare for buses, homework and field trips, check out some of these fun read-alouds to prepare kids for the adventures ahead. Whether your kids are excited or anxious for the first day, there is something for every on this list!

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Celebrating The Night Before Thanksgiving

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celebrating-the-night-before-thanksgivingThe Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing tells the story of a family preparing for Thanksgiving Day. As the parents prepare the food, the kids help to get the home ready. When the holiday arrives, they spend the day enjoying delicious food and fun games with their family. This is a great rhyming read aloud to get kids excited for all of the traditions of Thanksgiving! There are many activities that you can easily do with this book to further the learning and get your family ready for turkey day!

Celebrate a Cranberry Thanksgiving!

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cranberry-thanksgiving Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin is a classic which has been shared among many generations. Maggie and her grandmother invite guests to Thanksgiving dinner every year, especially those who are poor or lonely. Grandmother doesn’t trust Maggie’s guest because she worries he will steal her famous cranberry bread recipe. However, when the recipe goes missing, Grandmother may be proven wrong! This classic story reminds us not to judge a book by it’s cover and to be gracious during the holiday season. It also provides an opportunity to enjoy a lot of cranberry fun!

Turkey Fun for Thanksgiving!

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turkey-trouble-2Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano is a hilarious story about a turkey who doesn’t want to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner! He decides to disguise himself as other animals so he can hide from the farmer. The story is entertaining for all ages, and kids will surely enjoy Turkey’s funny costumes throughout the book. This book also presents an opportunity to have a lot of turkey fun just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving!

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giving-thanks-for-thanksgivingThanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes and Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson are great stories for introducing kids to the idea of being thankful. Thanks for Thanksgiving explores the many small things that kids may be thankful for in their lives. Bear Says Thanks tells the Thanksgiving story of Bear and his friends. While preparing a feast, Bear is sad to realize he doesn’t have food to contribute. His friends remind him why they are thankful for his company.

Fun with Franklin for Thanksgiving!

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fun-with-franklin-for-thanksgiving Franklin’s Thanksgiving by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark is a great story about celebrating Thanksgiving and sharing with those around you. Franklin and his parents are disappointed when his grandparents can’t make it for Thanksgiving dinner. They all decide that they should invite their friends from around the neighborhood who don’t have plans of their own – but they don’t mention it to each other. When Thanksgiving Day comes, the big crowd won’t fit at their table, so they come up with a new tradition! This story tells readers about harvesting fruits and vegetables, Thanksgiving preparations, and sharing the holiday with others. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Plump and Perky Turkey Fun!

plump-and-perky-turkey-funA Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman tells the story of Pete the turkey and the townspeople of Squawk Valley. The people in the town need to get a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner, so they decide to trick one into coming to town. They host a turkey themed arts and crafts festival to capture a vain turkey. Pete doesn’t want to be dinner though, and he may just outsmart the people of Squawk Valley! This story is an entertaining read aloud written in verse, and accompanied by colorful and fun illustrations. Kids will love reading about Pete again and again! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Growing with the Apple Pie Tree!

I start looking forward to fall about halfway though the summer. I love going apple picking, drinking cider, baking pies, wearing cozy sweaters and watching football. Today’s book goes along with my love of all things apple and autumn as well!

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Take a Trip to Pumpkin Town!

Fall means it is time for the harvest season. Pumpkins, apples, vegetables and more will be ripe for the picking. I always enjoy checking out the produce available this time of year at our local orchards and farmer’s markets. All the bright colors and the abundance of produce inspires me in the kitchen. Today’s read aloud focuses on an abundance of pumpkins and teaches an important lesson about responsibility.