Over the many years I’ve been writing Science Sparks, Autumn has always been my favourite season to design themed activities for. I love the colourful leaves, dark nights, cooler weather and of course the run up to Christmas is always exciting too! This collection of fall science experiments and activities makes me smile every time I read it and hopefully has something to excite kids ( and adults ) of all ages.
I also have a fun collection of fall STEM challenges you might like!
Fall Science Experiments for Kids
Create your own exploding seed device or spinning helicopter seeds to learn about seed dispersal. These are lovely hands on activities that would work well after going on a treasure hunt to search for different types of seeds.
This leaf chromatography experiment from Playdough to Plato is fascinating and very colourful.
Fall Kitchen Science Experiments
Learn about changes of state in the kitchen by making toffee apples and treacle toffee. Which is your favourite?
Make spiced apple cider and learn about filtering at the same time.
Try some apple bobbing. Do you know why apples float on water?
Fall Sensory Science Activities
Get creative indoors or out with some lovely autumn themed ice. You could try adding a little salt ( be careful as this makes the ice feel much colder ) to melt it faster or use a pipette to drop warm water over the surface.
Use leaves to make prints in play dough and learn to identify different types of leaves.
Get messy with some Autumn gloop. Can you scrunch the cornflour up into a ball? Do you know which properties of cornflour and water make it a Non-Newtonian fluid?
Have some sensory fun with blackberry playdough, from Rainy Day Mum.
We love this beautiful autumn sensory table from The Imagination Tree.
More activity ideas for autumn
Can you model the changing seasons with LEGO?
Try some autumn themed weighing and measuring with pumpkins.
Have some fun in the forest estimating the height of trees.
Science crafts for autumn
Find lovely autumn coloured leaves for our hedgehog printable.
Make some leaf rubbings and think about different textures, a lovely idea from Red Ted Art.
Try these fun activities with sticks and leaves.
What about trying an Autumn version of this floating art experiment from Learn with Play at home.
Tic Tac Toe Printable
Try our autumn tic tac toe game. Colour the leaves and trees autumn colours, cut them out and play!
I also have a FREE Autumn Science eBook you can print for free!!
Activity ideas for Halloween
If you’re having a Halloween party we’ve got some great ideas to make it a memorable one and some fun Halloween science experiments too.
I’ve also got a simple collection of ideas for outdoor science in the forest you might like.
Do you have any more fall science experiment or craft ideas for us?
Last Updated on September 23, 2022 by Emma Vanstone
Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum
Some really great Autumn Ideas there and thank you so much for including our Blackberry playdough
No worries Cerys
Ooh, pinning this list for future reference. Thanks for putting it together and for popping in our floating art. I’m looking forward till autumn here again to give some of these ideas a whirl 🙂
Thanks Debs. I love the floating art too!
Thanks so much for featuring our Leaf Chromatography! Looks like you found some great activities!
maggy, red ted art
Wow what a great round up!! Who knew there was SO much science in Autumn!
maggy, red ted art
PS Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
What a wonderful fall filled with great activities you had!
Bethany @ No Twiddle Twaddle
What a fun set of activities. Growing a Jeweled Rose’s erupting pumpkin always makes me smile too!
and me 🙂
Change of state with toffee apples, what a brilliant idea, beats my ice cube!
What wonderful ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!
Thank you for sharing my leaf water vapor science experiment. You have rounded up some wonderful ideas here!
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susan @ kid dealz
I am so happy I just found your site. I can’t wait to try the pumpkin experiment. It looks so much better than the lets watch a pumpkin decompose.