Fall is a great seaon for hands-on exploring. Head out for a hike and observe the world around you, and then take your findings inside (or an outdoor classroom) for some fall science experiments. Here are five great ones to consider, but there are so many other good ones. Explore on Pinterest to see more!
Learn about chlorophyll as you explore leaf colors.
This project from A Little Pinch of Perfection is the perfect excuse to get outside and gather up some colorful leaves. It works best to gather up 4-5 leaves that are bright and vary in color. Then you just need containers or jars and rubbing alcohol so you can watch how the color is extracted, and you’re all set. Get more details on how to do this experiment right here.
Discover when pine cones open and close.
This is such a simple experiment, but it’s fun to observe every single time. Gather up some pine cones and then start with two bowls of water, one hot and one cold. Notice what happens when the pine cones go from one water temperature to the next—this is a good experiment to take a close up time-lapse so you can really see the change. To learn more about this experiment and the science behind it, check out the step-by-step at Parenting Chaos.
Predict apple browning with this oxidation experiment.
Jennifer Findley has a great tutorial for this experiment, along with free worksheets, on her website. This is such a good experiment because it takes a look at something nearly all of us come across. If you’ve ever sliced an apple, you know it doesn’t have that fresh, crisp look for long. Understand this better, and encourage kids to make their own predictions with this experiment. Get more details on Jennifer’s site.
Make your own salt crystal leaves.
This is a fun take on making your own salt crystals. You’ll start with pipe cleaners and bend and shape it into your favorite leaf. They you’ll place them in jars and wait for the crystals to form. Get all the details for this project from Living Well Mom on the website. You can talk about so many things with this experiment, including leaf shape, frost, and even chemical reactions.
Watch apples erupt in this chemistry lesson.
Little Bins for Little Hands always has great experiments and projects, and this one is no different. It takes the classic “volcano eruption” experiment and it puts it to the test here using apples. It’s a great lesson in learning about chemical reactions because you can see it happening right before your eyes. Get the details for how to do this one right here.