As the Earth moves around the Sun, the amount of daylight or darkness we see changes. On two days of the year the amount of daytime and nighttime are equal. We call these days the Spring and Fall Equinoxes. This Tuesday, September 22nd is the Fall Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. Check out the video above for more info on this scientific occurrence, and why the equinox (or latin for “equal night”) might actually be more complicated than you thought.
Keep scrolling for more great resources, activities and crafts to help you and your children learn about what the Fall Equinox is and how we can all celebrate the change in season!
This game from Curious George reinforces reading, writing, and representing numbers. Numbered apples are floating in the water on their way to the cider press. Help Curious George and Jumpy grab the right ones to fill the gaps in the apple number line.
As the autumn leaves change color, have you ever wondered what you would see if you could shrink down to fit inside a plant cell? In this video, take a look inside of a redwood tree! Learn about how leaf cells look and function.
Explore what causes seasons on Earth in this interactive adapted from NASA materials that features four cities at different latitudes. Use this resource to view how Earth’s axial tilt causes seasons from different perspectives and to develop and use models of sunlight received at Earth’s surface.
With the fall colors changing all around us, there’s not a better time to make a crown out of leaves! Follow these instructions to make a stunning leaf crown decorated with the beautiful colors of the season.
With this activity, introduce your children to the scientific method. Using simple materials from around the house, conduct an experiment using fall leaves. Your children will wonder what will happen, conduct an experiment, and observe what the results are.
Follow the link above for a tasty apple pie recipe from PBS Food and John Bunker. Making an apple pie is a delicious way to get the whole family ready for the fall season. If you want to keep your ingredients local, there are many apple orchards in the area where you can even pick your own apples first!