I absolutely love summer, but fall is a close second. There are so many great fall family activities that we must do each year. The weather tends to be perfect for about a month and then we have a chance of snow and I regret wishing it was fall!
Fall Family Must Do Activities
Leaves and Trees
There is nothing much more beautiful then the changing of the leaves. Watching the beautiful maple trees go from green to red, orange and yellow is just breath taking. You can not only show your children the color changes and talk about the different colors but you can explain to them why it happens especially for older children. Encourage some interest in nature by teaching them something new! Here is a little reading to find our why the leaves change color!
Then you can pick up some leaves and do some art projects! I love to do crafts with things you have found in nature! Not only did you get the activity of finding the supplies, but then you get to make a picture too!
- leaf rubbings
- leaf people
- wreath with leaves and acorns
- leaf color collage
- put leaves in a bowl and crunch them
Of course it wouldn’t be fall without raking up a big pile of leaves and jumping in it! The last few years Adella has been scared of the leaves so that hasn’t been fun, but her fears have started to subside so hopefully that won’t be the case this year. As kids we would spend all day in the leaves, making piles and jumping in them. Or throwing them in the air and watching them blow around. And my favorite was making paths in the leaves (on a not so windy day)! Make your own maze using the leaves as walls!
I love pumpkin! Not so much pumpkin coffee and pumpkin everything.. but I love me some pumpkin pie! I could eat pumpkin pie every single day! What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? Share them with me!!! Okay, so we know you can eat pumpkin!! What else can we do?
Go to a pumpkin patch! We have one about 5 minutes from our house! How awesome right! Of course not everyone is so lucky, but with a Google search you can find one near you! Most pumpkin patches have more then just pumpkins, so enjoy the day with the family before taking home your pumpkins.
Carve some fun faces! Depending on the ages of your kids you can do a carving competition, have them help take out the “guts”, or paint the pumpkins. It is so fun to put the insides in a bowl and just let the kids play in it and squish it, but if that doesn’t go well put it in a bag and try it that way.
Roast the seeds! There are so many different flavors you can do and it is such a yummy, healthy, and easy snack that the kids can be involved in. I love including my kids in any food prep and cooking!!!
Another great fall staple is apples! I love apples and there are so many different types of apples and you can do so many different things with them. You could buy them in the store, but what fun is that when you can go to an apple orchard! Just like with pumpkin patches often orchards have more to do then just pick apples. So make a fun day out of it and just enjoy some family time.
When you get home with those apples there are so many delicious recipes you can make!
- Apple crisp
- Apple chips
- Apples with pork chops
- Apple Pie
We canned 7 quarts of applesauce from the apples we have in our yard. I do want to get more apples and do some more sauce and pie filling so we have some for the winter and spring!
You can do apples crafts too! Cut an apple in half and use it as a stamp! Or you can just paint some apple pictures, and read some books about apples.
It wouldn’t be fall with out some dressing up and going trick or treating. I will be honest we have yet to take our almost 3 year old out trick or treating. But there are often other ways to get your child to “trick or treat” with out going door to door.
You can look for trunk or treats and we have a walk in the park trick or treat in our local city park. It is busy, but it is earlier and all in one spot. I don’t know about you, but honestly trick or treating makes me nervous. Especially the thought of going to the bigger town by us.
Trick or treating is not the only way you can have some Halloween fun! You can make spooky themed food every day in the month of October, or host your own Halloween party. It can also be fun to dress up and hand out candy to all the kids who are trick or treating!
I love fresh produce! We garden so we have lots of veggies, but the things I don’t grow or if I need more we go to a local farmers our first farmers market trip after reading a Tractor Mac book and we had to of course bake afterwards.
Learning how we get our food is such a fun lesson for kids to learn, even if gardening is not something you enjoy to do! Our children are little sponges and soak up everything we teach them.
What are some things on your families to do list for fall? Are you planning any trips?
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