The official beginning of fall is September 23, 2014. For many, the weather has begun to change, kids are back in school and parents are seeking ideas for children during down times after school and on the weekends. To help inspire something fun, we have picked some fun, family-friendly activities that you might try with your children this fall.
1. Visit a local trail and take a walk
This one is fun and virtually free depending on where you live. We like to bring a camera and let our children take pictures and observe all of the changes that are occuring as the season changes. Trails are a fun place for kids to discover little critters, water springs, and tall trees with changing leaves. You can have children observe the changing landscape. For additional fun, make a plan to visit the same trail again in a couple of weeks and discuss some of the changes that have occurred since your last visit. This is a fun exercise for the whole family and lets kids learn more about autumn!
2. Play in the leaves
Playing in leaves can be fun and provides good exercise too. Have your children help you rake up some leaves into a big pile. We like to bring a radio & play some festive fall inspired music so it doesn't become too much of a chore. After you have a good size pile of leaves, its then time to play and jump around. You can take some amazing pictures of your little ones playing in the leaves too! I loved doing this during my childhood and I love seeing my children enjoy it too! If you don't have a yard, you may be able to find a suitable location at a nearby park.
3. Create a festive fall picture using autumn as your inspiration
Many ideas can cost a lot of money but one thing you can do for free as a family, is to have everyone get crafty and create a fall inspired picture. You can even incorporate leaves or objects you find outside and glue them onto your picture. Our family enjoys drawing things like spider webs, trees with leaves falling on the ground, pumpkins or even friendly scarecrows. The ideas are endless and this activity is something you can do when the weather just won't cooperate and allow you to get outside.
4. Visit a pumpkin patch
This is one of my all-time favorites to do with my family. Depending on where you go, there are so many activities and things to see. Many farms have corn mazes, hayrides around the pumpkin patch and some have dried corn pits that kids can play in. If you plan ahead, you can save money and beat the rush by looking for online coupons for these types of activities. The local farms typically get very busy as they move later into fall and it can be harder to find discounts. Either way, this is one way to create a fun and lasting memory with your entire family.
5. Make a fall inspired meal
Getting kids involved in cooking is a great way to help kids learn about nutrition and have a better understanding for healthy good tasting food. I like to go to the library with my kids and I let them pick out a cookbook. This is a way to get out of the house and have fun while learning something new. Then we go home and plan our trip to the grocery store to select and pick up the items we need. You can even create a budget for the meal, this helps keep them involved in the entire process from meal planning, budgeting, cooking, and enjoying a tasty new meal they may not have tried before. There are also quite a few online sites that have great selections of recipes that are kid friendly. This is an inexpensive and a fun way to get everyone in the family involved.
We hope that these ideas inspire some fun fall activities for your family and friends. If you have an idea that you would like to share, please leave us a comment below and we may feature it in an upcoming article. Our goal is to inspire family fun without breaking the bank, especially for those that are on a budget. Thank you for visiting www.KidsDesk.net!
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