Although the weather may have a brisk, crisp feel to it that does not mean that family fun is over for the year. In fact, don a sweater, grab the kids and get out and about. There are several family fun activities in which to partake – giving parents quality time to spend with their children.
In fact, Kinsights’ Parenting Expert Jennifer Chung offers up 10 of her favorite fall activities for all parents to choose from. They include:
1. Take a Nature Walk. Make a list of things for your kids to find, such as: a yellow leaf, “pretty” rock, feather, pinecone (grab some extras for activity #9), small stick, etc. Give each family member a bag for their finds. Next, head to a nearby park, nature reserve or woods to get some fresh air, exercise, and collect your items.
2. Jump in Leaves. Come on, who doesn’t love a good jump into a big pile of leaves? Grab your rake and start piling up those leaves. Find your inner child by encouraging the whole family to take a running leap into a big pile of newly raked leaves. There’ll be plenty of laughs and a perfect photo op!
3. Pick Apples. This is the ideal time of year to find a local apple orchard and take the family apple picking. Apples are plentiful and at their best at this time of year. This activity is sure to create lasting family memories. To find an orchard near you, go to an online site such as PickYourOwn. When you get home, try your hand at making a few batches of applesauce to have on hand for winter. Homemade applesauce is very simple to make and your kids will love helping out.
4. Tailgate in Your Driveway. Host a kid-friendly tailgate party in your driveway and invite your neighbors and friends. Add a small fire pit to keep everyone warm and the kids can roast marshmallows or make s’mores. Make sure you have some warm apple cider for everyone! Then head out to a local football game and show your support.
5. Visit a Pumpkin Patch. Everyone loves the pumpkin patch and these days it’s easy to find one. While you’re there, visit the corn maze and go on a hayride. Then head out to the field to find yourself the perfect pumpkin to carve!
6. Host a Pumpkin Carving Party. Annual pumpkin carving is customary in many families. Kick it up a notch by making it into a fun get-together. Include friends or just your family. Make up some popcorn and serve hot apple cider and let the carving begin!
7. Make a Scarecrow. Have the family head to the backyard for some wholesome family fun by making your own scarecrow. You’ll be amazed at how much everyone will enjoy creating the family scarecrow. Find some old jeans and shirt, and stuff them full with leaves or hay. Add a pumpkin for the head and place a straw hat on top. Voila!
8. Take a Fall Foliage Drive. Around October (or earlier depending on where you live), pack the family in the car for a drive to view the changing of the leaves. Take note of the beautiful colors and gorgeous landscape. Ask everyone to take photos and combine them in a photo book or Facebook album. Make a picnic basket before you leave and take in the scenery while enjoying an outdoor meal.
9. Make Homemade Bird Feeders. A great indoor or outdoor activity is making homemade bird feeders for winter. While on your nature walk, grab a few extra pinecones. Attach a string or ribbon before starting so the pinecones can hang from a tree branch. Using a small spatula or kid-friendly knife, coat the pinecones in peanut butter then roll them in bird seed or sunflower seeds. After they’ve dried, hang from your trees and watch the birds enjoy them over the winter.
10. Bake Your Favorite Fall Foods. Now is the perfect time to gather in the kitchen over a cup of hot chocolate and whip up an apple crisp or applesauce with your apples from the orchard, or use one of your pumpkins for making pumpkin bread. Families love to gather in the kitchen over food—it is the heart of most homes!
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