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Fall Read and Play: 5 kids books with fun seasonal activities to go with them

Have a fall read and play adventure!

More than gathering leaves, we’re coming in with some fresh ideas to fill an afternoon with children. Each requires a storybook and a simple something to do.

Reading instructor Kelcie Hansen shares mom-and-me activity plans to last a full fall week.

Find Kelcie on Instagram, @readwritecolor, and get all FREE printables and more fall ideas for reading and doing, at


5 Fall Ready and Play Activities

Fall is my favorite season for reading (and everything else!). Something about the weather and the lighting makes me want to curl up with a good book, and my kids feel it too. Seasonal books line our shelves and trips to the library occur more frequently.


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Activity: Orange braid bookmarks (“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”)

Supplies: orange yarn, coloring supplies, & free bookmark printable


Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen

Activity: Fall mosaics

Supplies: dried beans, lentils, popcorn kernels, craft glue, paint brush, scissors, cardboard or free outline printable printed on cardstock


A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton

Activity: Make a 3D foam treehouse kit from Hobby Lobby & 3D room printable

Supplies: coloring supplies, scissors, glue, & free printable room w/beast


Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming

Activity: Autumn Leaf Scavenger Hunt

Supplies: free printable scavenger hunt, paper bag (optional), and the great outdoors


When a Tree Grows by Cathy Ballou Mealey

Activity: Fall play dough sensory play

Supplies: play dough (store bought or see recipe for scented homemade dough), sticks, leaves, acorns, cookie cutters, etc.

Kelcie’s recipe for play dough

Kelcie Hansen is a mom of 4, book lover, and future art teacher on a mission to help everyone be the “fun mom” with minimal effort and remember life is better when we’re laughing.


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