It can be challenging keeping your kids busy all year long - it becomes a chore to constantly keep looking for new seasonal activities that can keep them engaged outside school hours. Well the good news is that autumn the best time of year to get the family out and about to enjoy the outdoors, with the weather being not too hot and not too cold to be uncomfortable hanging outside- its the perfect time of year get all the fresh air you can before snow season is upon us. Here are 9 fun ways you and the whole family can enjoy your time together this fall.
A FALL FOLIAGE SCAVENGER HUNT & CRAFT TIME
Fall is a great time of year to get out there and soak up that cool and refreshing autumn air with the kids. Head outside to your favorite walking trail, park or just keep it local in your back yard to play the scavenger hunt game - find leaves, sticks, moss and anything else the kids can find, and gather them up. Once at home you can have fun discussing your finds and gluing them all to pieces of paper, maybe make holiday cards, or fill glass jars to put on display in the house.
Here are a few fall finds to try on your scavenger walk :
Acorns of different sizes
Acorns that are sprouting trees
Big and small leaves
Leaves that have different shapes; like an oak leaf vs. a maple leave
Find 4 different colors of leaves
Finding anything of a specific color ex. find 5 things that are brown.
How many trees can you find that are still have green leaves?
Count how many pinecones you can find along your walk.
the list goes on and on..........
BACK YARD LEAF MAZE
If staying home is more your jam than spending every weekend trying to find somewhere to go and something to do, then spend this weekend at home and prepare to do a little yard work - this is something to try when the leaves really start to come down, and of course space permitting;
Rake a cool path through the leaves, scooping up a couple of bigger piles to jump in and let the kids run through and find their way to the end of the maze. You can make this extra fun by making it a race to the end and giving small prizes to the winners (or maybe just a cute little something for every participant ).
APPLE ORCHARD FUNDAY
I don't know if you know this or not - but apple orchards are a happening place. There are so many things you can see an do to make an apple picking day fun and exciting - and maybe even a bit educational. So gather up the kids and head over to your favorite farm or orchard to let the fun begin.
Spend your day picking apples (the obvious)
Wander through a hay maze
Take a family photo on a bale of hay
Ride on a tractor - or count how many they have
Pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch
Orchard Scavenger hunt- we have a free printable for you below ;)
FLY A KITE AT THE PARK, AND HAVE A FALL INSPIRED PICNIC
Fall is all about the beautiful outdoor weather and amazing outdoor colors, why not experience that with a simple day at the park teaching the kids how to fly a kite, this is something the whole family can join in on and take advantage of that beautiful fall breeze . For lunch pack an assortment of breads and cheeses, with pumpkin seeds, apple slices, and maybe a little pumpkin bread or apple pie to nibble on.
CORN MAZE AND PETTING ZOO
Corn mazes may just very well be the quintessential fall activity and there are plenty of pumpkin patches, apple orchards and vegetable farms that are pairing their petting zoos and farm animal experiences with fall fun activities like corn mazes and hayrides. This can be fun for the whole family to enjoy!
JACK-O-LANTERN PAINTING AND PEEP SHOW
Right up through the end of October you can take advantage of the early sunsets and go out to check out the cool jack-o-lanterns in your area. Make a night of it and bake some pumpkin spice cookies and paint or carve your own jack-o-lanterns to place out on your stoop, then head out after dark and drive through your neighborhood to look at all the cool Halloween and fall decorations your neighbors have up. How many cool or scary jack-o- lanterns can you find on one drive around town?
MAKE A STORY WALK FOR THE LITTLES
I'm hijacking this idea from our local town library - because we've done it and I love it! I've adapted the idea so that you can do it in your own back yard: what you do is print out a 10 page short story on your computer (each on separate pages, either a story you already love or something you make up yourself ) then place them all over your yard (or even your favorite walking trail) tack the pages to trees, tape them to rocks or whatever you can find and take the kids out for a guided walk stopping at each page and reading the simple story- we did this with our kids weeks ago and they still ask to go for a walk in the woods to read the story- they love it so much! If you plan on doing this on the regular it's a good idea to get the pages laminated to be protected from weather changes.