Looking for things to do with your children to get outside and enjoy the autumn weather? Get in the fall spirit and celebrate the season with the following family activities to keep children learning! Check off your seasonal bucket list by trying out these 10 fun fall activities for the family:
- Go on a nature walk! Turn your back yard or local park into a natural playground. Encourage children to take in the changing leaves and crisp weather as they note seasonal changes in their Nature Keeper & Tree Diary. Don’t forget to bring items back for your sensory table!
- Dress for the weather together! Pick out matching scarves or toboggans to bundle up for the season. Be sure to talk to your child about the importance of dressing warmly enough for the season. Learn more in our related post: Teaching the Reasons for the Seasons.
- Make a pot of soup or chili! Cooking together is always a great learning opportunity for little learners, and something warm and soothing is the perfect meal after playing outside in the chilly weather! Find a fun recipe in The Budding Chef!
- Break out the pumpkins! You haven’t truly celebrated fall until you pick out a pumpkin! There are a plethora of great pumpkin crafts for children, from sensory activities, to yummy recipes, to pumpkin carving for the Halloween season! For fun pumpkin ideas, visit our Pinterest board!
- Pick sunflowers! It’s sunflower season; find a sunflower patch and pick these sunny flowers with your little one. Dry out the seeds later for a fun snack!
- Go to a fall fair! Search for festivals happening around your home to take a trip to the closest fall fair. With exciting rides, sweet snacks, and fun music, it’s sure to be a fun time for the whole family!
- Find a flea market! Markets are always fun places for children to find treasures! From discussing how old trinkets work to seeing farm animals, you will be sure to have many interesting conversations with your child as they discover a world of new things!
- Camp out and tell spooky stories! Have a tent? Set it up, grab the sleeping bags, and take a flash light for story time! It’s always fun to tell spooky stories as you work on your child’s storytelling skills. It’s also a great opportunity to discuss the difference between what’s real and what’s fiction. Find kid-sized tents for backyard adventures here.
- Make a scarecrow! Creating a scarecrow is always a great way for children to express creativity as they bring simple pieces of wood to life. Don’t forget to come up with a name once it’s finished!
- Star gaze! Bundle up and go out at night with a telescope! Cool nights can lead to clear skies as you learn about the constellations together with your children. Browse our telescope selection here.
Don’t forget to enter our Guess Boo? Toy Detective Contest on Facebook this week by checking in at 9AM every morning to see if you can guess what toy is hiding behind the ghost mask! Good luck!