Here in the Northeast, fall is upon us and there are so many fun and exciting ways to enjoy the season with your family. I love the fall season where we live. Sweaters, football, campfires, apples, pumpkins… the list goes on! There are a variety of children’s books referencing fall and the holidays coming up, and there will be many future posts on those. In the meantime, here is a list of fun fall activities to start on with your loved ones!
The Kissing Hand is a beautiful story by Audrey Penn that has helped numerous parents and their children to deal with situations where they need to be separated, whether it be for the first day of school or their first night away from home.
The story is about a mother raccoon who helps her child to understand that her love is always around, even when she’s not there. She places a kiss in her child’s paw so he can feel her love in his paw whenever he is sad or lonely. (This post contains affiliate links).
One of my favorite stories growing up was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, with illustrations by Lois Ehlert. Children love the rhythm that this story provides, as well as the brightly colored illustrations. It is a great story for teaching letter recognition and upper and lower case letters. There are a variety of activities that you can do with children to engage various learning styles and increase their interest in the story. (This post contains affiliate links).
Strega Nona is a beloved character from a series of books by Tomie dePaola. She is an old woman well known in her village for her magic touch. When she leaves to visit her friend, she leaves Big Anthony to care for her home, but warns him not to touch the magic pasta pot. Chaos ensues! (This post contains affiliate links).
To bring the story of Strega Nona and her pasta pot alive for kids, there are several learning opportunities you can create!
1. Sight word spaghetti – To encourage kids to practice their sight words while incorporating the yummy pasta from the story, you can create sight word spaghetti to share with your kids. This idea comes from Mrs. Bremer’s Kindergarten blog. She wrote out sight words for the kids on brown paper “meatballs” and the students used the yellow yarn “spaghetti” they were served to make the sight words. You can also adapt this for younger children and put letters or numbers on the meatballs and have them identify what letter or number they pulled out of the pasta.
Hello! My name is Vicki and I am a stay at home mother of a beautiful young daughter and a former teacher. I am also an avid bookworm and a crafter. I started this blog to share my love of books, my love of learning and teaching and my belief that learning opportunities are everywhere!
The best way to get a child to enjoy reading is to share the experience with them! Read to your children whenever you can and talk to them about the book. There are many ways that you can make books come alive for kids and I hope that the posts on this blog help you to discover new ways to integrate books into your child’s life in fun and innovative ways!