Saturday is the first day of Autumn. While it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I know the seasons will begin to change soon. This is a great time to head outdoors with your child to look for the first signs of fall. This walk can be taken just about anywhere… around your neighborhood, through your local park, or in your backyard. You may wish to make more of an event out of it, heading to a botanical garden or a nearby farm.
Allow your child to lead the walk. Give them the space and time to discover Autumn on their own. Explore the season with all senses, not just sight. Does Fall feel different from Summer? How does it smell and sound?
Depending upon where you live, here are a few things your child might notice:
- Colors – in the trees, on the hills, on the ground
- Leaves in motion – falling to the ground or blowing in the wind
- Leaves on the ground
- A chill in the air
- Acorns or other nuts on the ground
- Migrating birds. See them? Hear them?
- Scent… does the air small different?
- How does the air feel? Colder? Dryer?
- Flowers. Is anything blooming? If so, what?
- What’s growing in the garden?
- Notice fruit trees. What is ripe now?
- Changes in the weather.. notice the pattern for your area (wind, fog, rain)
- If walking through a neighborhood, notice the seasonal decorations.
- Observe water levels in creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes.
- Notice wildlife. What animals do you see? What are they doing?
- The signs of fall vary greatly by region. What’s unique to your area?
After the walk, you may want to enjoy a seasonal treat, such as apple cider or pumpkin bread.