Autumnal Equinox Ideas for Children

Fall leaves

The Autumnal Equinox is on September 23 – at least in 2015 it is. Also known as the first day of fall, the equinox happens near the end of September every year. The name ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin ‘aequus nox’ or equal night. Even though it’s not technically a ‘holiday’, celebrating this super-special seasonal day is a fun way to get your kids into the autumn spirit.

Take a Walk

Go outside and take a look at how the leaves are changing. Bring along a science journal and have your child write down what she sees and feels. This can include the changing colors of the trees, the weather and temperature. Younger children, who aren’t able to write yet, can draw pictures of their observations.

Make a Leaf Wreath

Grab a few of those changing leaves off of the ground and glue them to a circle that your child cuts out of cardboard. Wind a fall-themed ribbon (in red, orange or yellow) around it, tie the ends in a bow and hang the craft on the door.

More Autumn Art

Keep the fall feeling going with a few different autumn art activities:

  • Leaf collage—Glue fallen leaves to card stock paper, paint it or sprinkle glitter on top.
  • Crayon rubbing—Cover a leaf with a pieces of thin white paper. Turn an unwrapped crayon on its side, roll it over the paper-covered leaf and reveal the textured image from below.
  • Leaf people—Glue a leaf to a piece of paper. Add googley eyes, draw on arms and legs and add a smile!



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