The air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and the holidays are right around the corner! Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to rage on, limiting many of the classic fall activities like hayrides and crowded festivals, but there is plenty of fall fun to be had with your kiddos. Things like creative fall crafts and collecting leaves can be tons of fun, just remember to mask up in public and keep your distance. Here, we’ve rounded up the best activities to cross off your fall bucket list.
1. Make a Leaf Collage
Take a drive to see one of the most vibrant parts of the season – all of the trees changing into golden yellows, oranges, and reds! Let your kids pick out their favorites so they can create their own beautiful works of art to hang on the fridge. Try adding a marbled effect to your leaves by mixing in shaving cream, which makes this a fun, get-your-hands-messy project.
2. Host a Bake Off
It’s undoubtedly our favorite time of the year – pie season! Put your baking skills to the test with a friendly bake-off competition to see who can make the best pies using fall’s tastiest flavors (including apple, pecan, and pumpkin, of course).
3. DIY Your Own Festive Fall Wreath
Fall decor wouldn’t be complete without a festive wreath to hang on your front door. For a fun fall craft project, DIY your own nature-inspired fall wreath, complete with fresh greenery, pinecones and a gorgeous satin ribbon. Learn how to make your very own here!
4. Make S’mores
The crisp autumn air makes for the perfect backdrop for a cozy family bonfire. Swap some scary ghost stories and snack on everyone’s favorite…s’mores! Get creative and try mixing up the classic recipe by adding peanut butter, pretzels, and even bacon (trust us, it’s delicious!). Find even more yummy ideas here.
5. Go Camping in Your Backyard
The best part about camping in your backyard? No long car rides or the dreaded “are we there yet?” The cooler temperatures mean fewer mosquitos and plenty of opportunity to take in fall’s beautiful sights. Pitch a tent, cook up some hotdogs, and enjoy a night under the stars!
6. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Don’t throw away the seeds after carving up all those pumpkins – use them to make a delicious fall treat. Try sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, and for something a little more savory, we love garlic and parmesan!
7. Host a Make-Your-Own Pizza Party
This is a fun and easy way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Set out a bunch of different toppings and let their creative juices run wild. Make it a competition and see which chef creates the winning combination!
8. Play Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss
Have a few pumpkins left over from Halloween? For a fun and creative DIY game, carve the pumpkins and use them to play a bean bag toss game.
9. Collect and Paint Acorns
For another fun DIY fall craft, collect a bunch of acorns and have your kids paint them in an array of vibrant fall colors. You’ll want to bake your collected acorns before giving them a single coat (two, if you’re going for opacity!) of acrylic paint.
10. Go on a Leaf Hunt
Use printable leaf cards and some brown paper bags to play a fun leaf hunting game with the kids. An activity that gets the rascals outside and removes leaves from the front yard…say no more! Get the tutorial for this fun game here.
11. Make Caramel Apples (and add sprinkles!)
Dip caramel apples and let kids top them with candy, marshmallows, chocolate chips, crushed cookies, nuts, sprinkles, and other goodies.
12. Build a Scarecrow
Instead of going to the store and buying one, try making a scarecrow yourself! This activity will keep your kids busy for a few hours and in the end, you’ll have a fun fall decoration you can display in your front yard.
13. Plant an Indoor Herb Garden
This is a great way to get kids using their green thumbs. And just think how nice it will be when the holidays roll around and you’ll have your own fresh herbs to add to all your festive dishes. Here is a quick list of a few herbs that do well living inside.
14. Make Fall Playdough
This one is sure to be a favorite! All you need is basic pantry supplies like flour, salt, and oil…it’s that easy. For an extra dose of fun, check out your spices on hand and add cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or even nutmeg to add a punch of fall fragrance. Encourage your kids to read the directions, measure, and mix their creations. Most homemade playdough recipes will last a few weeks if kept in an airtight container.
15. Create a Thankfulness Tree
Fill in each leaf with something you feel grateful for. We love this tradition because it’s a great way for the entire family to slow down and think about all the things they can be grateful for (which is especially important this year more than ever!).
So just remember, this fall season may look and feel a little different, but there is still plenty of fun to be had, a lot to be grateful for, and even more to look forward to!
Article by Katie Rothman, REX Homes