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Montessori Family Fall Bucket List

With everyone back in school, the weather cooling, and a few trees even turning colors in our neighborhood, things are starting to rapidly feel like autumn. Fall is upon us and with the new season, I wanted to make a bucket list for our Montessori family. We are fortunate to have very distinct seasons and the change is often fun to celebrate. 

Montessori friendly bucket list for autumn

If you are looking for a little Montessori-friendly fun this autumn, here is what is on my list. 


I'm not big into pre-planned art projects so these would be suggestions or materials provided in our art area. 
  • Make a leaf rainbow
  • Nature journaling interesting fall finds to make a small book
  • Press last of the summer flowers
  • Laminate new set of leaves for rubbings
  • Make a sensory/collection bin of leaves and other natural finds for indoor exploration
  • Gluing leaves to paper 


We will be outside as much as possible until the weather turns cold. We have very long winters, so we soak up every last drop of decent weather. 
  • Go on a hike at our local nature center
  • Take a drive to see the fall colors
  • Collect leaves by color -- "a yellow walk," "a red walk."
  • Go searching for different types of nuts/seeds in our neighborhood
  • Identify different tree leaves
  • Make a pile of leaves to play in
  • Let the children help rake/sweep the yard and sidewalks. Invite them to help an elderly neighbor.
  • Go apple picking
  • Go to the pumpkin patch
  • Record daily temperatures in our backyard
  • Count how many migrating birds we see 
  • Clean out our summer gardens together
  • Plant bulbs in our front garden for the spring 

In the Kitchen

Pretty much this could be a list of all the desserts I want to eat this fall! But, we should probably also eat something that isn't just pie. 
  • Bake apple crisp
  • Make applesauce and freeze for the winter
  • Make a pumpkin pie together
  • Roast a squash for dinner
  • Make chili together with freshly baked bread
  • Dry the remaining summer herbs from our garden for use all winter 


Here are some things we can do inside as the weather turns. 
  • Read a book about hibernation
  • Research all the different birds we saw
  • Invite our friends over for cider 
  • Measure the biggest and smallest leaves we find and journal our findings 
  • Observe and record daily weather patterns 
I think that's a pretty good list to get working on until the snow starts flying! What do you have on your bucket list this fall? 

Montessori friendly bucket list for autumn

12 Months of Montessori 

This post was brought to you as part of the 12 Months of Montessori series! This month's theme is Fall! Don't miss these great autumn/fall Montessori and Montessori inspired posts! 



Such great ideas! We sadly don't really have much of a Fall where I live, such a beautiful season!
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What a wonderful list! We will definitely keep it in mind this Fall!

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