Autumn is here! Can you believe it? Just the other day, I saw some “Festive Fall” decorations at the store and I instantly became super excited!
I have to admit, Autumn is one of my very favorite seasons because everything is so beautiful, the air is cool and it feels like a great break after a hot summer. One of the other reasons I love fall is the chance to do some fun fall family activities while the weather is still nice enough to do them, but not overwhelmingly hot! If you can’t wait to get outside and hear the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, here are some fun family activities to get you started!
Fall Family Activities
If your kids enjoy gardening, why not get them in on planting bulb plants for spring. This one really fascinates kids as they plant the bulbs and see them come up early in the Spring season! Check out the many ways you can preserve your garden for fall!
Go on a fall scavenger hunt! Get together with some other families or invite some of your child’s friends over for a fun fall scavenger hunt looking for natural things.
Create a fun craft with those little baby pumpkins you can usually buy at the store this time of year. Get glue, stickers, glitter, markers- anything you can think of, even googly eyes, and decorate them. Why not have a contest on who can make the weirdest or creepiest one? Or make these Paper Bag Pumpkins instead!
Do some leaf pressing! This is especially fun in the earlier part of fall when the leave have changed and are just starting to fall. Gather many kinds of leaves and place them between two pieces of waxed paper. With an iron, go over the waxed paper (waxy side on the leaves) and press them. Use these for place-mats!
Go apple-picking! If you are lucky enough to live near an apple orchard that is open for pick-your-own days in the fall, this is a great activity to do! After you are done, go home and make some homemade applesauce.
Check out the farmer’s market! In early fall, this is one of the best times to go to one if you missed out during the hot days of summer. There is so much to be harvested at this time that farmer’s markets are bustling during this season. Ask your child to help you pick out dinner. Encourage them to try new foods.
Do a multi-family bonfire if your town permits it. With the nighttime temperatures dropping, a bonfire is a perfect way to enjoy the cooler nights and stay warm. End the summer season with some s’mores! You could even camp out if weather permits.
Stuff a scarecrow. Gather some old clothes and some hay and make a scarecrow that is sure to delight your friends and neighbors. Kids love doing this almost as much as making snowmen in the winter! Make a couple of them and pose them in funny ways. You could even do each member of your family if you wanted!