For us, autumn means a chance to go on fun family dates. Each Saturday morning we do an activity together as a family from our fall bucket list. Here are just a few of the activities we are looking forward to doing together.
AUTUMN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
For an indoor kids activity, go on a spider hunt and see if you can find any cobwebs hiding in your house. After you dust them, create your own spider web using popsicle sticks, tape, and pipe cleaners.
Do your kids collect acorns? Mine love to squirrel them away. This is a great kids painting activity using acorns to make art.
Build a catapult, take it outside and put a pebble or two inside. Watch them fly and measure how far the items went.
Create an owl craft with scraps of old magazines — my kids are in a cutting kick and would love this craft.
Make a owl from TP tubes using feathers, scraps of fabric and buttons. This craft for kids is adorable.
Create Fall Art. Adding an outline can really liven up a picture. Help your youngest tots paint and create wall-worthy art with some black glue. They paint scribbles and you outline the work into the shape of a leaf.
Watch your kids pretend and play in a “world” with leaves outdoors for your kids to explore through. This family created a whole house with different rooms. Afterwards, rake them up and have fun jumping.
Go on a nature walk to a new destination. Bring a long a nature bag for the kids to help them document what they see.
Donate food items to a food bank in your area. As the holidays approach, food banks are often strapped for supplies.
Make a pumpkin pie with your kids. Have extra filling? Add it to a smoothie with some yogurt.
Go bobbing for apples. Fill a tub with apples and see if you can get one with your teeth. Afterwards, make candy apples as a treat to enjoy with your kids.
Make s’mores on the patio with your kids — use a solar oven to warm them. Try experimenting and adding extra ingredients to your s’mores like berries or bananas.
Make your own apple cider by adding cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and honey to juiced apples (if possible, get fresh pressed juice)!
Play games during a bike ride. Use Chalk to create start and end points on a race or to make an obstacle course of sorts for your kids to weave through.
Make popcorn balls. Ooey-gooey caramel popcorn balls shout “fall is coming” to me. These are one of our kids’ favorite fall traditions.
Take a collection of leaves and make leaf skeletons — soak the leaves in washing soda until the chloroform disintegrates and you are left with the leaf structure.
Go on a hayride — we love to visit the local orchard, pick apples, and go on a hayride.
Take crayons and some of your favorite leaves and layer the leaves between pages of paper. Rub on the pages with a crayon to see the leaf pattern emerge.
Set a pumpkin outdoors and journal about the pumpkin’s decomposition as it rots. Be sure to take pictures of the pumpkin in its various stages.
After you prune your trees, chop up the logs and the twigs, clean them off and bring them inside to make tree blocks.
Bake pumpkin seeds. I love carving out our pumpkins each year and using the guts to create a magnesium-rich snack for the kids and I to enjoy.
Make Jack-o-lanterns from items in the recycle bin, orange paint and black foam stickers.
Feed the birds with a kid-made bird feeder craft using toilet paper tubes or pine cones, peanut butter and seed.
Make Candy Corn Cookies — Layer three colors of sugar cookie dough and follow these instructions to make your own wedged treats.
Go trick-or-treating with your children. We love saying hi to all our neighbors!
Make your own candles by dipping yarn into wax — this is a great stormy afternoon craft activity for the kids.
Fun Halloween Kids Activity — Make Eerie sounds! All you need is a plastic cup, a paperclip, string (wool is best) and a piece of paper towel.
Spooky and slimy sensory — with spaghetti?!? Dye some spaghetti bright orange and dark black, add a bit of veggie oil so they are extra slimy and have fun squishing and squeezing!
Have fun with food and the kids — Make a Snakey Jello. This activity uses jell-o (Jelly for UK folks) and toy snakes for some squishy fun.
Bake a batch of pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies — this recipe is a loved favorite of more than one quirky family!
Spend the afternoon at a bookstore researching a project for the winter months.
Afternoon craft activity — Make matching scarves for you and your daughter to enjoy together. Here is a collection of no-sew scarves you can make in an afternoon.
Bake apple chips. Thinly slice apples, spray them with oil and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them. Bake them in the oven till they are crispy.
This is a great family craft for Thanksgiving, make a thankful tree detailing all the things you are thankful for this past year.
DO YOU HAVE A FALL BUCKET LIST?
About the Author:
Rachel Miller is the original Quirky Momma of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! & The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. Rachel can now be found blogging at One Crazy House.