As the golden-red leaves carpet the streets, and that familiar crisp air nips at your nose, there’s no denying it: fall is here! I don’t know about you, but I’m all about taking a break from working at home and spending quality time with the kiddos this fall. And while it might be tempting to snuggle up with a hot cocoa and binge-watch your favorite series (I’m guilty!), there’s a whole world of fall-tastic fun waiting for you and your kiddos to dive right into.
There’s something special about jumping in piles of crunchy leaves, sipping on warm apple cider, and enjoying some good old-fashioned family fun. So, whether it’s a weekend getaway to a pumpkin patch or a cozy movie night with hot chocolate, let’s make the most of this season and create some unforgettable memories with the little ones. After all, work can wait, but these moments with our kids are the ones we’ll cherish forever!
So, let’s lace up those boots, don your flannel, and uncover the top ways to make this fall unforgettable for the little ones.
The Great Leaf Collection Expedition
Ah, yes! The timeless tradition of leaf collecting. Whether it’s for a school project or just for kicks, there’s nothing like the joy of finding that perfect maple leaf. But why stop there? Turn it into a scavenger hunt. Equip your young explorers with a list of different leaves to find, and may the best botanist win!
Fun Fall Worksheets
If you’re looking for some good, clean educational fun to have with the kids this autumn, then why not download these Fall tracing vpk worksheets that will get them into the spirit of the season, while also helping them to improve their fine motor skills, amongst other things. Fun really can be educational!
From pumpkin patches to pumpkin pie, it’s the unofficial mascot of fall, so it goes without saying that you can have a lot of family fun with everyone’s favorite gourd! Visit a local pumpkin farm, pick your own gourds, and let the creativity flow. Carve them, paint them, or even make a delicious pumpkin treat. Remember, the gooier the hands, the better the memories.
A Corn Maze Adventure
Why not put those navigational skills to the test and head over to a local corn maze? Whether you race to the finish or enjoy a leisurely stroll, it’s a brilliant way to enjoy a sunny fall afternoon, and of course, it can teach your kids navigational skills which will come in handy when they get older and have a lot more freedom to roam around because we all know that getting lost is the west, except when you’re getting lost in a fall corn maize with good friends and family, of course!
Apple Picking – and Baking!
Fall might be pumpkin season, but of course, it is also apple season too! At this time of year, orchards are brimming with juicy delights just ripe for the picking. And, of course, once you’ve had your fill of picking, you can head home and bake up a storm. Apple pie, apple crumble, or even apple cider – the fruity possibilities are endless, and the kids will love burning off energy picking their own before helping you make a crunchy pie crust in the kitchen!
Forest Fairy Tale Picnic
Pack a picnic basket with some scrumptious fall-inspired snacks, like cinnamon sandwiches and pumpkin cookies. Head to a forest, lay out your spread, and weave magical fairy tales inspired by the surroundings. It’s easy to believe in fairies or unicorns when you’re a young kid in the forest surrounded by the colorful leaves of fall, so make the most of a cheap and magical day out whenever the weather is good enough!
Fall Craft Day
Leaves, acorns, pinecones—nature provides a treasure trove of crafting materials during fall. Make leaf prints, pinecone critters, or even simple wreaths to decorate your home, and it will keep the kids happily occupied for many a rainy fall afternoon if you do.
Why wait for summer to pitch a tent? Set one up in your backyard, complete with a bonfire (safety first!) and s’mores. Share spooky stories under the starlit fall sky for an added thrill, and you will soon come to see that autumn really is the best time of year to go camping, even if the weather may be a little more clement in the summer months.
DIY Bird Feeders
As birds prepare to migrate, the kids will love doing their bit to help them by providing them with lots of energy in the form of DIY bif feeders. Use seeds, peanut butter, and recycled materials to create your feeders, and not only will you fill some serious time creating them, but you and the kids will have a whole lot of fun watching the comings and goings of your new feathery friends for the whole of fall and beyond.
Costume Creation Station
With Halloween around the corner, be the best mom ever and set up a DIY costume-making station so the kids can make their own outfits this year. From superheroes to unicorns, let their imaginations run wild and you’ll have as much of a blast seeing what they come up with as they do creating their Halloween fits. A bonus? It’s way more special than store-bought costumes.
Fall Farmers’ Market Fun
Local farmers’ markets during fall are a riot of colors, flavors, and aromas. Let the kids pick out seasonal veggies and fruits. It’s a tasty way to teach them about seasonal eating and supporting local farmers.
Nature Hikes and Treasure Hunts
Fall is actually a great time to go for a hike with the kids because it is neither too hot or too cold and treacherous. So, why not hit a nearby nature reserve or park? The changing foliage offers a breathtaking backdrop. If you want, you can always spice it up with a treasure hunt or nature bingo to keep the kiddos engaged for the whole time you’re out there.
Hayrides and Hot Cider
Many farms offer hayrides during the fall season. It’s a quaint way to enjoy the beauty of fall, especially with a cup of hot cider in hand, and let’s face it, kids love the novelty or traveling on the back of a big ol’ machine instead of being stuck in the car. It’s a great way to get some fresh air into them in the fall!
Cozy Storytime by the Fireplace
There’s nothing like sitting in front of the roaring fire in your comfiest chair when the weather outside is cold and wet, except maybe for having a great story read to you too, so why not indulge the children with a timeless classic like Heidi or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory while you gather round the hearth? Let the crackling fire and enchanting tales transport you to magical lands far from the cold and wet reality of life.
Harvest Festivals and Parades
At this time of year, be sure to check out local community events. Harvest festivals, parades, or even barn dances could be happening. They often have tons of kid-friendly activities and are a great way to mingle with fellow fall lovers without having to spend a lot of money.
Create a Fall Bucket List
Sit down with the kids and create a bucket list of all the things you want to do this fall. From jumping in leaf piles to trying a new pumpkin recipe, it’ll ensure you make the most of this enchanting season, and you’ll probably find you all come up with so many ideas that it will keep you occupied for many falls to come, which is never a bad thing if you ask me!
Wrapping Up (Pun intended)
Fall might, on the face of it, not be the best time of year for family fun because it’s cold outside and often wet and windy too, but actually, as you can see, there is a lot you can do to make it one of the best times of year for you all, after all, so what are you waiting for?