There are so many wonderful activities in the Fall that both parents and children can enjoy.  Below are a list of some activities and ways you can encourage language development while having fun!

Raking/collecting leaves

–  Talk about how the leaves feel (e.g., crunchy, mushy, pointy) and look (big, small, wide, narrow,  bright, dull, etc.)

–  Talk about the actions you are doing (e.g., raking, bending, sorting, stretching)

–  Talk about the position of the leaves for example:  “The leaves are behind the tree” or “The leaves are in front of the bag”

–  You can ask your child ‘wh’ questions keeping in mind that ‘what’, and ‘who’ questions are the easiest, followed by ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘why’ and ‘how’.  (e.g. ,“What is daddy doing?”, “Where is the rake? etc.)

–  After you are done raking and collecting the leaves, talk about the sequence of the day (e.g.,“FIRST, we got the rakes and the bags, THEN, we raked the leaves into piles, THEN we put the leaves into the bags, and LAST we put the bags out on the curb to be picked up.”)

Picking apples

–  Talk to your child about exciting or new vocabulary such as; wagon ride, pumpkins, weighing apples, all the animals at the apple farm

–  Talk about where the apples are on the tree (e.g., Up high, down low, behind, in front, etc)

–  Talk about the different tastes and textures of apples (e.g.  sweet, sour, crunchy, soft, etc.)

 Picking and Carving Pumpkins

–  While picking a pumpkin, talk to your child about the various sizes (e.g., small, medium, large) and shapes (e.g. round, pointy)

–  While carving the pumpkin, talk about the items you require to do this activity (e.g. knife, spoon, newspaper, etc).

–  Talk about how the seeds feel in your fingers (e.g. slimy, sticky, etc)

Go for a Walk

–  Fall is a great time to get outdoors and go for a walk.  While walking, talk about all the things you see (e.g. spiders, sticks, leaves, pumpkins), smell (e.g. fires) and hear (e.g. people talking, dogs, birds, etc)

–  Walk in front, beside and in front of eachother

–  Go on a scavenger hunt and find things from the following list.  Add more items to your list as you wish:

  • Orange
  • Hard
  • Pointy
  • Soft

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