4 Fun Fall Activities for You and Your Kids
The leaves are changing colors and piling in your backyard. School has started. Sweaters and pants are replacing t-shirts and shorts. Fall is here, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Let’s take a look at some fun activities you can enjoy with your kids this autumn.
1. Have fun with leaves.
The leaves are the highlight of the season, but they also provide plenty of opportunities for fun.
- Arts & crafts – Make a leaf collage or mosaic. String some leaves up and hang them across your window. Take some scenic pictures of the trees around your neighborhood and create a scrapbook.
- Start a collection – Try to find as many different leaves and colors as you can. Compare the shapes and colors of the leaves in your collection and see how many different varieties you can collect.
- Rake them up – Rake up the leaves in your yard and teach your kids the simple joy of jumping in a pile of leaves.
2. Go camping.
Fall is all about nature and enjoying the outdoors. If you live in a more temperate climate or urban setting, you may not have immediate access to the changing leaves, but never fear: the outdoors is but a state park away. Weekend camping with your kids is a great opportunity for you and your kids to unplug and get some fresh air. Remember to pack some warm sweaters, a camera, and plenty of marshmallows—no camping trip is complete without some s’mores!
3. Go apple-picking.
Autumn is apple season, so find a nearby orchard and pick yourself a whole bushel of apples. Aside from being delicious, apples offer a ton of health benefits:
- They are packed with dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and more.
- They have antioxidants that reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and promote heart health, lowering the risk of coronary disease.
- They can boost your immune system and protect your brain against neurodegenerative disorders.
Even better, apples are an incredibly versatile food. Bake them into a pie, make some homemade apple sauce, slice them into your salads, or simply enjoy them alone. No matter how you prepare apples, your kids are sure to want more.
4. Visit your local pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin patches embrace all the great things about autumn and often include corn mazes, hayrides, and more, but you can’t walk away from one without at least one pumpkin in your arms. Your kids can carve the pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns (with your help and supervision). Throw the seeds into the oven for a magnesium-rich snack, and use leftover pumpkin in soup, cookies, or the ever-popular pie.
This season offers plenty of surprises. Do a little exploring with your little adventurer, and you’re sure to find some great memories waiting just around the corner.