Autumn in the Midwest is a combination of all 4 seasons. It starts off hot, like summer. Then transitions to the rainy days of spring, before the temperatures cool and the leaves begin to change. That is true fall. And we get to enjoy the fall play fun for only a few weeks before the snow hits and winter strikes early.
But this season is also our favorite. The scenery is beautiful, and it just feels more comfortable. Even when you need to be bundled in layers and coats to keep warm. It’s also a great time to get outside in the fresh air, take in the changing colors, and most importantly PLAY!
Jump on in before the first snowfall! There’s nothing better than raking together a huge pile of leaves to tumble in. Not only do you get a workout from raking, and a yard free of leaves if only for a minute, but a pile of leaves is the ultimate invitation for fall play. It’s a great way to enjoy the wonders of the season as a family.
Those falling leaves quickly turn to falling snow. But we don’t stay inside once the fall snow hits, either. My kids are first out the door as soon as those first flakes float on down, in coats and gloves, throwing snowballs and making angels. It’s the wonders of the Midwest, and a beautiful time of year. Don’t waste it! Get outside and play!
The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate and promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play and playgrounds. Through the Voice of Play website and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play. Find more information about the Voice of Play here.