The last days of good weather are upon us. Although the air is slightly chilly in the mornings and evenings, there’s still plenty of good weather days left before winter settles in for good. Take advantage of the last days in the great outdoors with your kids while you still can. Here are some autumn activities you and your family can enjoy.
- A Fall Scavenger Hunt
One of the best ways to break in the fall weather is with a scavenger hunt. During this time of year, leaves, nuts, pinecones, berries, and other nature items fall to the ground where your kids can find and collect them. Make a list of your favorite fall items and have a prize when your children find each one.
While it’s probably too cold to wade in the water, you can still fish from the bank or a boat for a couple more months. Since it’s the end of the fishing season, you can find great deals and coupons on fishing gear for the whole family.
Fishing is a great activity to teach your kids the value of hard work and patience. The rewards are fun, and they’ll love the outdoor time with you.
- Autumn Photo Shoot
You can never have enough photos of your kids. Autumn time, when the leaves are changing colors and the lighting is less harsh, makes the perfect time for photos. Hire a photographer to take your family photos or try your hand at photographing each of your kids. Let them take a few pictures of you as well.
- Carve Pumpkins
Pumpkins will only be available in stores for a couple of months, so take advantage. Let your kids choose their own pumpkins to take home and carve. You can purchase them at a store or go to a pumpkin patch where they can pick them out. Pumpkin patches often have other fall-related activities like hayrides, corn pits, pumpkin cannons, and carnival games that your kids will enjoy as well.
For a fun twist on this traditional activity, use power tools to carve your pumpkins.
- Play in the Leaves
Your kids haven’t truly experienced fall this year until they’ve raked a huge pile of leaves and jumped into it. Don’t stress the fact that you’ll have to do the raking all over again. Let your kids enjoy this experience that only comes around once per year. It makes the chore more fun for them and leads to fantastic memories.
- Do Nature Crafts
Send your kids outside to collect the prettiest outdoor items they can find, including leaves, acorns, pinecones, smooth stones, and twigs. Create fun nature crafts with what they collect. You can make anything from adorable owls to happy pumpkins. Use your imagination to guide them, but let your kids explore their creativity.
- Pick Apples
Locate a local orchard and take the whole family apple picking. Fresh apples taste incredible right off the tree, and kids love reaching into the branches to pluck the delectable fruit.
When you get home, put your baking skills to work. Let your kids help you bake an apple pie, squeeze fresh apple juice, mash apples into applesauce, and dip the apples into caramel and toppings. The scent of apple will fill your house and the memories made with your kids will be well worth the calories.
- Make Chalk Art
What kid doesn’t like to play with sidewalk chalk? Have a contest between your kids and their friends with a fall theme.
You can also switch up the typical chalk artwork scene with homemade chalk spray. It’s a mixture of cornstarch, water, soap, and water-based paint that makes a beautiful sidewalk spray. It’s soluble in water, so it’ll clean up easily.
- Go for a Hike
Exercise will be hard to come by as soon as winter hits. You’ll have a harder time getting your kids to go outside when it’s cold, so take advantage of the last of the good weather now. Explore a local park or take a kid-friendly hike in the woods. Keep your kids entertained by playing eye-spy for your favorite fall beauty.
Fall is a magical time for children, especially if you force them to get off their screens and enjoy the great outdoors. Let this fall be an opportunity for family time and lasting memories.