Get creative with your costumes and enjoy this fun, community-building tradition with your child, but don't forget to make safety your top priority. Check out these Halloween Health and Safety Tips from CDC for more information.
Activities of the Week
Make your own Halloween treat bags.
Kids can learn to make three different kinds of Halloween treat bags for their trick-or-treating loot from this video from PBS. Choose from a ghost, bat, or skeleton theme and fill the bags with treats or even lunch for school!
Join the Lorax this Energy Action Month.
Help protect our Earth from global warming this October, designated as Energy Action Month, with the Lorax's helper checklist.
As they explore the world around them, ask children what they see, what they think about it, and what it makes them wonder. For more on this Visible Thinking routine that encourages careful observation and thoughtful interpretation, see the Learning Lab from Smithsonian.
Enjoy the first day of fall.
Visit the U.S. Forest Service website for coloring pages, instructions on how to make leaf rubbings, and other fun seasonal ideas.
Be more engaged in your child's education this year.
Be more engaged in your child's education this year. Joining the PTA, reading to your child, and asking questions about what they do at school each day are all great ways to get started. For more, see this list from the National Center for Fathering.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Find educational resources and fun activities to do with your kids on the Smithsonian website, including this series of easy-to-do storybook projects.
Be prepared for anything this National Disaster Preparedness Month.
Check out The Department of Homeland Security for information on preparing your family for all types of possible emergencies.