Happy Autumn Equinox!
Today is the first day of autumn and here in the northeast it is as beautiful as ever. The following activities are included in Week Four of our new First Grade Curriculum but after numerous requests, I’ve decided to share them here for you to enjoy! This is my absolute favorite season and creating these waxed dipped leaves is a wonderful way to preserve some of the beauty to keep indoors. Also, even my teenagers enjoyed our Autumn Scavenger Hunt.. if your climate doesn’t allow for some of the items, I hope it inspires you to create your own hunt.
Pssst… are you looking for more ways to celebrate the beautiful early autumn festivals and months with your children? Don’t forget that Michaelmas is this coming Friday and today is the Autumn Equinox! Little Acorn Learning has put together amazing digital books and curriculum filled with verses, fingerplays, poems, songs, crafts, meditations, book recommendations, circle times, recipes and much more to assist you. We have been writing since 2005 (way before Facebook, can you imagine!?) and our programs are loved and cherished by Waldorf mamas and papas internationally. Here are some that you may find useful:
First Grade Digital Curriculum (In development and testing, the following activities are from this program)
Waxed Dipped Autumn Leaves: Science, Nature Study, Earth Discovery, First Grade Curriculum
Leaves from Nature Hunt
Wax (Paraffin or Beeswax)
Mini Crockpot or Metal Container for Wax Only
If you are using a metal container, be sure you place it inside a pot of boiling water. You should not melt the wax directly over a flame.
Melt your wax. We recommend paraffin wax (unless you are a beekeeper too). It will be more transparent, less expensive and it’s best to save the bees’ resources for more important things. Lay waxed paper down to protect your workspace. Very carefully dip the leaves into the wax. Make sure you are supervising the children and use a utensil to hold the leaves by the stem if necessary, as the wax gets very hot. The leaves should only need one or two dips. The more you dip them the more you will see the wax and it will take away from the natural look of the leaf. Place dipped leaves to dry on the waxed paper.
These leaves can be used to make a garland and string above your seasonal table or classroom.
Autumn Scavenger Hunt, First Grade Curriculum
Take your child out on a nature walk and talk about the season of autumn. On the following page you will find a fun Autumn Scavenger Hunt to bring along and check off as you and your child find each item. Please note, this hunt has been created with very traditional autumn items and weather. If you live in an environment that this would not pertain to we hope you use it as inspiration to create your own.