1. Go apple picking.
If you haven’t read our post on apple picking, here are your step-by-step instructions for how to make yummy applesauce that your kidlets will love!
And if you’re in the mood for an apple crisp, here is an amazing recipe for an apple crisp that I made twice this past weekend. One for close neighbors that just adopted a beautiful baby boy, and one for us. This was a HUGE hit! My only recommendation, though, is to coat the apples in the sugary mixture (a plastic gallon ziploc bag works well) and don’t add the water.
2. Bake cookies or pumpkin bread.
My 2 1/2 year old daughter and I went to a friend’s house this weekend to make frosted sugar cookies. My friend and her husband made the dough, cut and baked the cookies beforehand and the kids helped decorate them. Despite some very sticky kids (and tile floors), everyone had a blast.
The kids ate just as many cookies as they decorated, and the hostess gave each child a basket to take their dried cookies home.
3. Fly a kite.
Autumn is one of the best times of year to fly a kite. Nothing screams Fall more than bundling up on a cool, windy day and finding a park to fly a kite. Afterwards, you can warm your child’s cold hands with hot cocoa and marshmallows.
4. Go to the zoo.
Normally I would say that a zoo trip is perfect for the Summer, but I think the best season to go to the zoo is in the Fall. The kids will be more comfortable when the weather is tolerable. And, many of the animals are more likely to be active in the Fall than in the hot Summer months, when they’re huddled under the shade trying to cool off.
5. Attend a local high school football game.
Recently my family ventured to the local high school for a Friday night football game. The kids stayed up a little past their bedtime, but they thoroughly enjoyed listening to the band, watching the crowds stroll by, and seeing the football team under the bright lights.
6. Go to a pumpkin patch.
This is one of my family’s favorite activities. We have gone to a local pumpkin patch for the past three years. We usually return to the same pumpkin patch, where they also have hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, slides, moonbounces and other kids’ activities. We always pick out a pumpkin (or two) at the end of the day to take home and put on display on our front porch.
7. Go hiking.
This one can be a little more difficult with multiple children, but as long as you find a hiking trail that’s not too remote or difficult, the kids will love taking a ‘nature walk.’ We always look for insects and animals on our hikes and have collected leaves to take home and create leaf drawings (put a leaf under a sheet of paper and color the leaf so that all of the veins show up on the page). To find a hiking trail near you, click here.
8. Rake the leaves…and then play in them!
Kids love helping, especially when they can have some fun. Once you’re done raking those leaves into a pile or two, take a big run and leap into those leaves! I bet you’ll soon have some kidlets following your lead!
9. Take family photos for holiday cards.
It’s never too early to think about the holidays, but if you take your photos now you’ll have plenty of time to get those holiday cards in the mail! I will be setting up an appointment over the next few weeks to have our family photos done and will use some of those photos as holiday gifts too.
10. Make homemade apple cider.
You will need the following:
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of whole allspice
1 tsp of whole cloves
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
4 sticks of cinnamon
2 quarts of apple juice
Stir everything together in a saucepan and heat until just simmering. Let steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the spices and serve. Serves 8.
What is your favorite Fall activity to do with your family? Please leave us a comment – we’d love to hear about it!
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