The air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors and it’s almost time to bring the kids’ sweaters out of hiding, fall is here! It’s hard to believe that summer has come and gone, it did really fly by this year! The turn of the season brings the opportunity for so many fun fall activities and crafts for kids. Between the months of September and December we get the privilege of enjoying falling leaves, pumpkin patch-ing and all the joy that the pre-holiday excitement brings. These telltale signs of fall are also accompanied by back-to-school routines and football season, of course! This season, while Dad is busy in the game room Mom has her hands full keeping the kiddos entertained.
The question is, what will the kids be up to this season and what kind of fun does Mom have up her sleeve?
Today we’re here with our favorite fall activities for kids that make keeping the little ones busy look like a breeze. These cute fall friendly activities will allow you the opportunity to spend time with your children, what more could you ask for? The kiddos will enhance their learning and understanding all the while creating warm memories to last a lifetime. And what’s better than some seasonal childhood memories… absolutely nothing! Just because those long summer days are over and school is back in session doesn’t mean that we can’t have any fun! We are not ready to pack up the outdoor adventures just yet-or any kind of adventure for that matter. We want our kids safe and busy having fun this fall season and these fun activities accomplish just that. From orange and yellow arts n’ crafts, to apple picking, fall is a beautiful time of year for the little ones to enjoy some fun. Our Moms guide for kid friendly fall activities is jam packed with entertaining games and crafts for the youngins’. We hope you enjoy them just as much as we do.
Fall is the perfect time of year for…
Jumping in a pile of leaves:
Fall means the leaves are falling and like we said, we aren’t ready to give up being outdoors just yet. This season, we’re trading in the lawn mower for a rake and that’s all you really need for this activity. The next time your kids say they’re bored and have nothing to do, hand them a rake and tell them to go jump in a pile of leaves. They will not only be getting their exercise, but the yard will get cleared too, what a win-win! For the younger kids, you may want to do the “pile making” yourself and enjoy their laughter. We don’t want any boo boo’s!
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Fall season would not feel right without a trip to the pumpkin patch. There’s something special about picking out your very own pumpkin and this seasonal activity is a long living tradition. We know that the pumpkin patch isn’t only about going home with your favorite orange jack-o’-lantern. We’re talking corn mazes, petting zoos, fresh baked pies and hay rides. The little ones are sure to enjoy this seasonal activity.
Climbing Hay Bales:
Jumping, climbing and crawling! The pumpkin patch wouldn’t be complete without a big pile of hay bales. The kids can climb on and around a giant pyramid of hay and allow their imagination to run wild.
Fall is the best time to visit your local farms seeing as their harvest season is probably in full swing. Not only are we picking pumpkins this season, but apples too! This is a great way to get the family together this fall season and enjoy some time with the kids. After a fun day in the orchard, take these juicy fruits back to the kitchen and whip out grandma’s recipe book with the kids. We’re talking endless fun and a yummy good time.
After a trip to the pumpkin patch there’s really only one thing left to do, carve pumpkins! Fall brings us a spooky and festive holiday during the month of October, say it with me, “Happy Halloween!” From the youngins’ to the teens, this fun activity is the perfect way to get the entire family into the Halloween spirit.
Arts and Crafts:
This season is a great time to bring the outdoors in with some arts n’ crafts! The only supplies you’ll need for this activity is some paint, a sheet to protect your dining table and some leaves from right outside.
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This classic fall craft is a total hit with the kids. Collect leaves from the backyard, gather up some bright colored paint and your little ones will be on their way to creating a masterpiece. The familiar shapes of fall leaves will bring your home to its full fall season spirit. Watch out, this activity can get a little messy, especially with the really little ones. Make sure the kids are crafting where you don’t mind a couple paint splatters.
Wreath out of leaves:
Have the kids help you create a wreath out of fallen leaves. What a cute way to adorn your front door this fall! Not to mention, the kiddos will be proud to see their artwork hanging at the front door for all to see.
Scarecrows are an ultimate fall season mascot and this festive craft is calling all supplies. We’re talking scissors, glue sticks and real straw. You can find cut out scarecrow templates online or you can go ahead and draw them yourself. Have the kids cut out their own and then add clothes (overalls, hat, shirt and shoes), a face and decorate with crayons and markers. For some real scarecrow detail, glue on straw sticking out of the arms and legs!
Taking it to the kitchen:
The fall season also means the start of baking season for a lot of families. What a fun way to get the kids involved! They will love creating something yummy and they will love eating it even more! Find tons of seasonal recipes and this year make the most out of the fall harvest!
You did just make a trip to the pumpkin patch! Aside from carving, get your little ones involved in the kitchen. This is the perfect way to spice up the kitchen and get into the festive spirit with the kids. What little one doesn’t like measuring and licking the spoon?!
Bring the fall spirit to the kitchen by decorating sugar cookies. Set up a cookie decorating station for the kids including colorful frosting, candy pieces and even edible glitter. Let the kids get creative and create their own unique sweet treat. The possibilities are endless!
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Just Staying Cozy:
The crisp fall weather reminds us all of why we have fuzzy blankets and pumpkin scented candles. Plan a movie night with the kids including popcorn and fort building. Best night ever!
Playing with sidewalk chalk:
Like we said, we aren’t ready to give up the outdoors just yet. Having a stick of chalk and letting your imagination roar is a childhood pastime that can’t be forgotten. All you need is a concrete space, a big imagination and a hose for clean up. From hopscotch courses, to festive drawings and obstacles, this outdoor activity will let the kids relieve all that extra energy outdoors without making the house a total mess.
Packing their school lunches:
With fall approaching, that also means that everyone will be getting into their back-to-school routines. Don’t get us wrong, packing a healthy lunch with a cute note can be fun, but packing a brown paper sack lunch everyday can also get boring. Send your children to school in style and have them customize their brown paper bags with stamps and washi tape. This is a great way to keep the kids busy and will have them showing off their stylish lunch pale during every lunch break.
Have a Campfire:
Make the most of this Indian summer around the campfire with the kids. Try roasting hot dogs and have the little ones assemble their own s’mores! After everyone is full, share some stories and laughs to last all season long.
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Homemade Halloween costumes:
October 31st is right around the corner and Halloween is surely going to sneak up on us this year. From candy, to skulls and ghosts, Halloween is a spooky time of year that allows kids a night of being whatever they want to be. This year, have the kids help make their Halloween costume. This could be an ongoing activity for the month of October. Set aside a certain day of the week to work on Halloween costumes.
These fun fall activities are a great way to celebrate autumn with your family! Keep the kids busy all season long and have some fun for yourself too! Comment below and let us know your favorite fall activities!