Fall Fun

October 22, 2015

IMG_0864I don't know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  The leaves are changing, the wind is blowing, and the temperatures are dropping.  Fall is all about change and a fresh start.  This is an amazing time to spend some quality time with your child.  Here is a list of some of our favorite Fall activities:

1.  Go on a nature walk.  Walk around the neighborhood or head to one of the local trails.  Talk about the changes that are happening to the leaves, trees, and bushes.  Take some time to pick up some items you find on the ground and talk about them.

2.  Go on a scavenger hunt.  Feel free to make up your own scavenger hunt or check out Pinterest for some scavenger hit lists already made.  Look for pinecones, acorns, or different colored leaves.  

IMG_57743.  Go apple picking.  Most apple orchards not only have apples, but they have pumpkins, apple cider, and homemade donuts.  

4.  Make homemade applesauce.  Who doesn't love applesauce?  It's easy to make and your kids will enjoy the fruits of their labor.

5.  Bake a pie.  Getting your kids in the kitchen to help with baking is an excellent learning opportunity.  Let them help measure ingredients, pour, scoop, and mix the ingredients.

IMG_57846.  Head to a pumpkin patch.  We have a lot of great pumpkin patches in the area!  Most of the pumpkin patches have corn bins, large pillows to jump on, a corn maze, hay rides, and some even have trains to ride.

7.  Carve a pumpkin.  Allow your child to dictate what kind of face to carve on the pumpkin.  It doesn't have to be fancy, they just want to be part of the process.  

8.  Roast pumpkin seeds.  There are a lot of health benefits to eating pumpkin seeds!  Although not many kids like to eat pumpkin seeds, they may be willing to try them since hey helped prepare them.

9.  Rake a pile of leaves.  Although this isn't fun for most adults, kids love to help around the house.  Rake a big pile of leaves and let your kids jump in them!  When they are finished, have them help scoop big piles into a bag for clean up.

10.  Have a bonfire.  Fall is an excellent time of the year for bonfires.  While you and your child are on that nature walk, have them collect some sticks for your bonfire.  

I could go on and on with suggestions to make your Fall fun.  The possibilities are endless.  The most important thing you can do with your child is to give them your time.  Enjoy every moment with your child and remember to make it fun!


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