I love fall and the energy I feel when those first cool days quietly slip in after the heat of August. A favorite book to use in the fall is Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man because it leads so easily to fun crafts and activities. Read Leaf Man, then take a nature walk. Crunch through leaves, inspect the nuts, limbs, bugs, leaves and other debris on the ground, and collect some nice specimens (“treasures”) to take inside. Create your own leaf person or a whole family of them. Kids are fascinated by what you can create with a little glue, scissors and crayons. Show them how to make a leaf rubbing with the long edge of a crayon, or trace differently shaped leaves and cut them out. Make collages with your treasures, or get a little more elaborate with projects like these listed on the momtastic website. Nature activities help children embrace and process their awe of the world and their many questions about what they see happening around them. Be prepared with a few nonfiction books to reference. For preschoolers, the “Let’s Read and Find Out Science” nonfiction series for young children provides excellent explanations at the right level, such as Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro and Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn Branley.