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25 Fun Family Activities for Fall

15 Sep

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With the start of a new school year and the anticipation of many holidays on the horizon, autumn is an exciting time for little ones. It is also a wonderful opportunity to create some family memories. Explore our list of 25 ideas to kick off some fall family fun!

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze. Snacking on classic fall treats like caramel apples or kettle corn while you are there is a bonus!
  2. Time for fall chores. After you have raked up all the leaves in your yard, help your child un-rake them by jumping in! An experience worth the work.
  3. Colder, shorter days means more quality time indoors. We suggest snuggling up with a good fall-themed book such as Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Pumpkin Soup, and Leaf Man.
  4. Carve a pumpkin for National Pumpkin Day on October 26th.
  5. Host a hot chocolate night! Create a hot cocoa bar with whip cream, chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, marshmallows, and more. Don’t forget apple cider for the non-cocoa lovers.
  6. Get crafty using nature! Use leaves, pinecones, acorns, and rocks as your paintbrush.
  7. Attend a fall festival or local fair. Look for new festivals in neighboring towns so you are sure not to miss out on the fall festivities!
  8. Check the weather for a nice clear, chilly night. Build a backyard bonfire and warm up together. Grab some homemade quilts and roast some s’mores. Don’t forget to be prepared with some ghost stories!
  9. Cold weather got you down? Have an indoor family game night! We suggest the Exit Games and the Jungle Party Memory Game or go old school and play Connect 4, Twister, Sorry!, and Trouble.
  10. Celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day on September 26th by visiting an apple orchard.
  11. Make some DIY fall décor such as a leave garland and an autumnal wreath.
  12. Nothing beats the smells and sights of going on a classic hayride.
  13. Celebrate the autumnal season by baking some pie! With apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, and more, you are sure to find something to excite everyone’s taste buds.
  14. Take your child to a family-friendly tailgate. There is something special about the camaraderie and excitement of eating food and playing yard games outside on game day.shutterstock_375843820.jpg
  15. Create an autumn looking jar. Take a clear mason jar or vase and fill to the top with little items that are the sights and smells of fall. You can use leaves, acorns, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and even mini pumpkins and squish to fill the jar.. Makes for a gorgeous dinner table centerpiece!
  16. Make Fall Slime (see instructions here) or apple slime (see instructions here).
  17. Cook up some homemade soup or chili to warm up a cold night.
  18. Clean out your closets! The change of the season gives the perfect excuse to go out with the old and in with the new!
  19. Visit a museum. Be sure to check for special fall festivities.
  20. Celebrate National Taco Day on October 4th.
  21. Create beautiful décor that will last the season by painting a pumpkin instead of carving one. You can even add glitter!
  22. Go leaf looking. Be sure to check to see when the peak leaf color time is in your area and then go take a nature walk.
  23. Get outside. Although the weather may be chillier, fall is a great time to fight off the soon-to-be winter cabin fever. Have some glowy fun with the NightZone™ Sports Pack or play catch with the unique Djubi® Game.
  24. Make gorgeous leaf lanterns (see instructions here).
  25. Relax and prioritize. The upcoming holidays can be a stressful time. Remember who and what is important to you and simply cherish the autumn moments.

No matter what you choose to do, be sure to take advantage of this exciting season and spend some quality time making precious memories with

Fall Harvest Fun and Learning

2 Oct

Fall is a time of wonder and discovery for children as the world changes around them.

The bright, colorful leaves and other seasonal changes capture children’s attention and spark their imagination. Fall is also full of opportunities for children to learn about colors, science, and the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch):

  • Talk to children about seasonal changes and what changes occur in fall. Explain that fall is also called autumn. Ask children what changes they are noticing when they look or go outside.
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  • Discuss how and why many plants and animals are beginning to prepare for winter in the fall. Birds migrating and animals scavenging for extra food for storage are two good examples you can discuss with children.
  • Incorporate fall colors (yellow, brown, orange, and red) into conversations and home decorations. Encourage children to learn and identify the colors.
  • Explain that fall is harvest time. Apples, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are great fall harvest crops to introduce to children. Encourage children to touch and feel any crops they are not familiar with and to try eating fall vegetables and fruit.
  • Take the focus off of Halloween and candy. Plenty of other important events make excellent talking points and history lessons this time of year, such as the Great Chicago Fire for older children and the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America.
  • Use Fire Prevention Week (October 6 -12) as an opportunity to discuss fire safety and evacuation plans with children. You could even incorporate the Great Chicago Fire into your discussion with older children.

Fall Activities for Parents and Kids

  • Visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard
  • Carve or decorate a pumpkin
  • Go on a hayride
  • Attend a fall festival
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Collect fall leaves, pinecones, or acorns
  • Have fun getting lost in a corn maze
  • Play in the leaves and then do a little yard clean up
  • Pick out a Halloween costume or make your own
  • Do a pumpkin science experiment
  • Donate food to your local food pantry
  • Pick a cause or charity your family wants to help at Thanksgiving or Christmas

Let us know some of your favorite fall activities to do with your children!