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Playing along the way
Pathways for Play’s primary purpose is to infuse pathway networks with playful experiences that will motivate children and families to get outdoors and engage in healthy activity together. These fall themed activities can be incorporated to add elements of fun, excitement, and discovery to help keep children actively engaged, motivated to move, and creating new memories each time they visit a trail system.
My Path Links Literature Connections Sharing Your Experiences Engaging With Nature Planning Your Journey Playing Along the Way
Sing Tunes

Sing these tunes to keep things lively on your journey- "I’m a Nut," "Five Little Pumpkins," or "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Or try the classic "Apple Tree" fingerplay or this easy song about leaves:

The Leaves are Falling Down
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green and brown
The leaves are falling down

Incorporate Games

Incorporate simple games such as Í Spy, 20 Questions, Mother May I, Hide-and-Go-Seek, Kick the Can, or Red Light, Green Light as you walk.

  • Look up! Watch as colorful leaves fall from the trees. The object of the game is to catch the leaves before they touch the ground. See how many you can catch in 1 minute.
  • As you walk along, take turns calling out, "1-2-3 hide behind a tree" or "1-2-3 point to a red leaf" or "1-2-3 pick up two acorns", etc. as you all race to follow the called out direction. This simple game will sure to bring smiles and laughter from kids and adults of all ages!
  • Look for items found in nature beginning with the letter A and working your way through the alphabet. You can make this game even harder by searching for more specific items in just one category such as birds, leaves, or wildlife. This is a great way for children to become more aware of what is around them in nature.
Children Dancing Fall can be the perfect time to plan outdoor fun! Hike to a nearby spot or do some research about great places to take a weekend trip! Explore trails and paths surrounding the area and enjoy the beautiful colors along the way! Check out local pumpkin patches or corn mazes for more fall fun that also offers healthy physical activity as you explore or try some fun fall games like potato sack races or pumpkin rolling!
Story Book Make up a story together about a great fall adventure outdoors or reenact a part of a story from a favorite storybook or song. Use natural loose parts you see or find along the way as props.
1... 2... 3... Fall is the perfect time for a picnic! Ask your child to help pack a healthy snack or meal to share on your adventure. Take some time to enjoy the beautiful colors, wildlife, and scenery together. Bring along a Frisbee, your pet, or listen for the sounds of fall that surround you. Be sure to throw away to take home any leftover food or trash and never feed any wildlife you encounter.
Program developed in partnership with:
PlayCore Natural Learning Initiative
© 2010 PlayCore, Inc. and Natural Learning Initiative,College of Design,
NC State University.
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Pathways for Play is a trademark of PlayCore.
Spontaneous play (children playing together without direct adult intervention) is recognized by child development experts as a crucial aspect of healthy childhood.
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