I find fall time to be this strange mix of both completely exhausting while also strangely rejuvenating because with the beautiful fall weather comes loads and loads of outdoor activities and festivals. So, life is fun and the air feels amazing, but at the end of the holidays you almost want to collapse in exhaustion. As I'm writing this, I am definitely feeling the tiredness after all of the excitement, as we just got home from our 4th fall festival of the season. But, man, are we blessed to live somewhere that offers so many fun activities to do, especially the many free things we have been able to take part in. Halloween week school activities were fun and definitely kept us busy, but we did very little of our Math U See and Sing, Spell, Read and Write this week so that we could really make the time to attend every activity we possibly could, and I think that was the best decision we could've made! Fall is all about exploring pumpkin patches, corn mazes, fall festivals, and trick-or-treating, so I definitely suggest taking the time at the start of the fall season to plan something for each week or weekend so you don't miss out on any cool activity!
I had a theme for each day, which included the following (caveat: my girls don't get scared easily, so if your children do, you might want to avoid things that might bother them):
2. Witches and haunted houses
3. Harry Potter (co-op)
5. Jello and candy science
6. Ghosts and bats
7. Spiders and skeletons
8. Halloween party and movement games (co-op)- on Halloween Day
Anyways, we lucked out that many of the things we did during the week had great activities outside of the house that aligned with what we were doing in our home. One of the Halloween themed co-op days, we did a Harry Potter theme and did a bunch of activities that related to the books (Aria has been asking me to read the first one to her, so this worked well in conjunction with our nighttime reading). Then, we attended a Harry Potter event in Columbus at a nature center called Oxbow Meadows. The event was called Frogwarts and was a bunch of science, crafts and scavenger hunts that related to the books. Aria and Skylar had a blast! Our library also did a Halloween themed day where the girls made potions and other fun crafts, which just so happened to align with our witches and haunted house day. And of course, the four fall festivals we attended all had fun fall and halloween crafts and activities that worked to help promote what we were working on all week. If you happen to live in the Columbus area, I highly recommend Oktoberfest at Fort Benning because not only are all the rides free and the kids can take home a pumpkin each (which were the ones we ended up carving), but they also load you up on free packs of crafts that I was able to take home and use during this unit or save for my thanksgiving one!
Our favorite day was probably the jello and candy science day. Not only was it super hands on and the science experiments really weird and cool, but I actually learned a few things along with the girls! I'm still completely grossed out by candy corn, so I always love any chance to destroy the candy (though I'm not so mean as to not allow my girls to try some at the end of the day). Even Skylar really got into everything, which I always love to see.
Spider day was also a huge hit. with a fun spiderweb obstacle course and some really great crafts I got on major sale through Toucan Box. The cool thing about their crafts is they give you enough to do the same craft a few years in a row, so I was able to save it to use it again next year! We also made a fun spiderweb painting with tape and watercolors that turned out really cool looking when you take the tape off!
Halloween is such a fun time of year and I thoroughly enjoyed how much we got out and about around the holiday. The exciting thing is that the fun is just beginning and there is so much more coming this holiday season! (Can you believe that I've already gone to a Christmas fair with the girls this year?! The madness starts early!). Now, time for a quick break and then ready to dive into Veteran's Day planning! Let the fun begin again!
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Jessica and Ana
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