Fall is my absolute favorite season. I love the crisp autumn air, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and most of all the traditions. I’ve loved Fall for as long as I can remember. However, this year it is even more special to me because I get to share it with my daughter. Isn’t it such a treat to get to share your favorite traditions with your little one? Here are my top 10 Fall activities I want to experience with my daughter this year. Leave me a comment below to let me know which fall activity is your favorite to do with your family.
Visit the sunflower fields – If you love nature, then this Fall activity is absolutely perfect for you! There truly isn’t a better way to spend an afternoon than by exploring the sunflower fields. It’s a great way to get your children to spend some time outdoors and breath in some fresh air. While you’re there you’ll get to see those beautiful flowers up close. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a few bumblebees hard at work. Isn’t nature amazing? As a bonus, many fields allow you cut a few stems off to take home with you. Not only will you get to make a fun memory with your children, but you’ll also get to take home a beautiful centerpiece for your table. I’d call that a win win.
Go to the pumpkin patch – Who doesn’t love a trip to the pumpkin patch? This is a must do Fall activity for many families! It’s always a blast watching children explore all of the different sizes, shapes, and colors of the pumpkins. There are so many fun activities to try once they choose their favorite ones like carving and painting them. Pumpkins are the main reason many families head to the pumpkin patch. However, many pumpkin patches offer so much more than just pumpkins! Many offer fun activities such as hayrides, corn mazes, playgrounds, and so much more. Be sure to set aside an entire afternoon for this fun Fall activity. You’ll be glad you did!
Practice thankfulness – One of my favorite parts of Fall is Thanksgiving. Of course I love it for the food, but I also love it because of the important message it brings. The month of November is an excellent time to reflect back on all of the blessings we have in our lives. Unfortunately, we live in a generation that focuses on all of the things we want in life instead of the things we already have. That’s why taking the time to practice thankfullness is so important to me. I have a new tradition that I will be starting this November to help my children practice thankfulness. I’ll be posting that later on the blog this month so stay tuned!
Have a nature scavenger hunt – I think it’s important to incorporate fun, educational activities into your schedule as frequently as possible. This Fall activity allows you to do just that! This Fall get outside with your children and hold a nature scavenger hunt for them to complete. Have them find a brown leaf, a pine cone, a bird, a cloud, and more. Feel free to adapt the list to whatever Fall looks like in your area. This is a great activity to complete in your own backyard or at your local park.
Make a turkey handprint – I don’t know of a single parent who doesn’t love to have keepsakes of their child’s childhood. That’s why I highly recommend making a turkey handprint with your little one this Fall. This classic craft is simple and fun. All you need is some finger paint in brown, red, orange, and yellow as well as some paper, a sharpie, and a googly eye. Simply apply the brown paint to your child’s palm and thumb and the colored paint to their other fingers. Then, press their palm firmly to a piece of paper. Once it is dry apply a googly eye and draw on the beak. Now, you have a fun Fall craft to hang proudly on the fridge.
Go apple picking – Doesn’t a day in the apple orchard sound so peaceful and relaxing. Let’s be honest it really is the perfect Instagram moment. I’ve never been myself, but it is definitely on my Fall bucket list and it should be on yours too. So, gather your kids up and head on over to your local apple orchard for some old fashioned apple picking. Not only will you get some yummy apples, but you’ll also get some beautiful photos. You can use those apples to make a delicious apple pie or some fun apple stamps. This is a great opportunity for your family to unplug and spend some time outdoors.
Attend a football game – For many families, football is the first thing they think of when they hear the word Fall. There’s nothing better than sitting in the stands, breathing in that crisp autumn air, and cheering on your favorite football team. So, head to your local high school, college, or NFL stadium and catch some football this Fall. It’s a must do Fall activity.
Go trick or treating – What child doesn’t love trick or treating? There’s nothing better than dressing up as your favorite animal, character, or object and heading out for some candy. This Fall activity doesn’t just have to be for kids. It’s an activity the whole family can take part in. There are tons of fun family costumes out there. So, this Halloween I want to challenge you to let your inner child out to play. Dress up with your family and go trick or treating.
Have a family movie night – I don’t know about you, but cold weather always makes me want to snuggle up under the blankets and stay in bed. That’s why one of my favorite fall activities is snuggling up with my family for a movie night at home. Are you struggling to find the perfect fall themed movie? Here are some fun ideas I will be adding to my list – It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Pocahontas, and the Fox and the Hound. Don’t forget to have snacks ready. After all, what’s a movie night without snacks. Mix up some yummy hot cocoa or make some s’mores.
Give a pumpkin a bath – An excellent way to help foster your child’s development is by practicing sensory play. Sensory play is always great, but it’s even better when it’s themed. For this Fall sensory activity all you need is a small pumpkin, a bowl filled with dirt, and a bowl filled with water. Allow your child to get the pumpkin really dirty and then use the water to give it a bath. You can add other objects like cups, washcloths, and bath toys to make the activity even more fun. This is a great way to allow your child to explore their senses and make a mess. After all, that’s the best part of childhood.