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20 Outdoor Fall Science Activities

Autumn inspired science experiments & activities for kids!

I just LOVE Fall! 

Especially getting outside to enjoy the weather -- which always leads me to think about a few fun Fall themed science activities for kids.

With all the seasonal changes, science in the Fall can be so easy to come by and so colorful too -- leaf rubbings, nature projects and crafty science activities!

So today I hope to inspire you with some seasonal science -- experiment with apples, pumpkins and leaves!


  fall science activities you can do outside

Fall Science Experiments & Activities

One of the best parts about exploring science in the Fall is being able to make a mess outside :) 

In addition to talking with kids about the seasonal changes they see around them, try a few of these hands-on activities and experiments that introduce your kids to different science concepts.  We've included affiliate links to some of our favorite items that are great for exploring the season too!

 

Go on a Leaf Scavenger Hunt {free printable included}

Test Gravity with Apples -- Little Bins for Little Hands

Track migration patterns with this Bird Watching Kit for kids!

Track the Phases of the Moon with these great hands-on activites.

Create a Pinecone Weather Station (this is so cool!) -- Science Sparks

Explore Citizen Scientist Projects for Kids to do at home!

Take an evening walk with these Constellations Knowledge Cards and learn about the stars in your neighborhood!

 

Explore The Art & Science of Leaf Rubbings

Experience nighttime science with this free printable Nocturnal Scavenger Hunt

Or explore life after dark with the Green Kid Crafts Nocturnal Animals Discovery Box.

Name that Tree! leaf & tree identification activity using these free printable tags!

Grow a pumpkin inside a pumpkin! -- Life with Moore Babies

The Hidden Colors in a Leaf -- Share it! Science

 

Learn what animals do in the Fall with these books on hibernation & migration!

Use your 5 Senses & Guess what's in the Fall Bag -- The Pleasantest Thing

Learn how a leaf gets water -- Learn, Play, Imagine

And you can also watch a leaf breathe with this awesome & easy experiment!

Set up an Animal Tracking Station in your yard! -- Creekside Learning

Create an Autumn Nature Table (The Imagination Tree) or Fall Nature Science Tray and get an up close look at seasonal changes!

Younger kids will enjoy exploring the season with this Sunflower & Corn cob activity -- Happy Hooligans

And if you're looking for more outdoor science, we also recommend the Outdoor Science Lab for Kids!

 fall and Halloween science activities for kids

Halloween Science Experiements

Another fun time to explore science is during Halloween! 

Here are some fun outdoor ideas for trick or treat learning -- most are perfect for a class party too!

Turn a Pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern with this Halloween Optical Illusion

Exploding Ghost Experiment -- Three Ghost Friends

Experiment with Melting Halloween Hands -- Happy Hooligans

Try these awesome Boo Bubbles - Dry Ice Smoke Bubbles or this amazing Ghost Science Kit  -- Steve Spangler

Make your Jack o'lantern erupt! -- Growing a Jeweled Rose

See what happens when a Jack o'lantern rots -- Kids Activities blog

Create a Ghost Balloon -- Preschool Powol Packets

 

Looking for more STEM ideas? 

The STEM Toys & Game Store showcases all the latest & greatest in learning toys for kids so be sure to check out the selection!

 

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Comments

 
Guest - Alison on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 23:03

What a great resource for Fall activities! :)

What a great resource for Fall activities! :)
Guest - Sarah on Monday, 31 August 2015 15:27

I think we are going to push back a few lessons so that we can have a full day of Fall Science Activities! Each one looks to be fantastic! Thanks for the ideas. :)

I think we are going to push back a few lessons so that we can have a full day of Fall Science Activities! Each one looks to be fantastic! Thanks for the ideas. :)
Guest - Kandyce on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 02:49

Going to the pumpkin patch has always been one of my favorite fall activities.

Going to the pumpkin patch has always been one of my favorite fall activities.
Guest - D on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:23

Great site! Good ideas for the grandkids

Great site! Good ideas for the grandkids
Guest - Janice on Thursday, 29 September 2016 04:41

Looking for ideas for Fall for my preschoolers.

Looking for ideas for Fall for my preschoolers.
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