I have no shame in admitting I love summer, but on October 1st, I’m all about fall. I mean I really obsess with everything surrounding fall. The exciting decor, yummy desserts, beautiful weather, spooky movies, and even organizing family activities! Just because it gets darker a few hours earlier doesn’t mean the beautiful weather has to go to waste. During the fall months, everything around you is a perfect backdrop for all the fun you can imagine! Whether you love to go apple picking or prefer a quiet walk through the woods, I’ve picked some of my favorite fall activities perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Leaf Scavenger Hunt
This is by far one of my favorite activities to do with kiddos. You can find a set of printables online for red, orange, yellow, and green leaf cards. Next, clip them to individual brown paper or burlap sacks and head out to your backyard. Start looking for yellow and red leaves and get your kids to collect them and put them into the bags. If you still need to find some green and orange leaves, head out to your favorite park! This is a perfect opportunity to not only tidy up but get your kids excited and educated about nature.
Bowling is always a good time for the whole family! You can buy or even make your own bowling pins, but if you stay pretty busy throughout the week, buying some may be the way to go. Stack a few rectangular haystacks in two parallel lines, with a large enough space in the middle for a ball to slide through. Line the back side (forming a U shape) with another 2 stacks. Put your pins on the front of the haystacks, and feel free to decorate across the sidelines! This is great for a dinner party, block party, or even to have a few kids over and keep them entertained!
There’s no better way to get some good quality time with your family than camping out! It’s a great time to put the video games away and pitch a tent big enough for everyone to huddle up together. Since you’re staying so close to home, little ones will feel safe, be able to use the bathroom easily and still have a blast! This is also a great idea for grandparents or aunts and uncles to spend some time with your little ones. Don’t forget the smores and their favorite stories!
DIY Face Painting
This is a fun thing to do with kids of different ages and both boys and girls! There are tons of recipes online for safe and washable face paints. They’re super easy to make and much cheaper than standard paints! After you have your face paint, apply paint using face sponges. For details, you can use lip brushes. To start, create a large circle of color around your kiddos face, and start blending towards the hairline. Make sure to stay clear of eyes, in case they get an itchy eye or start rubbing their faces!
Show Your Neighbors Some Love
Growing up, I would jump at the opportunity to go next door to borrow some sugar or ask for an extra egg and talk their ears off. Unfortunately, this standard of neighborly love isn’t as common now. However, if it’s something that’s important to you, it’s something you should teach your kids early on and get them involved in. Kids LOVE to help bake, and by help, I mean lick the bowl clean of course! Either way, some brownies, cupcakes, or a cake is a perfect welcome to the neighborhood and a little bit goes a long way. Your little ones will enjoy being able to help and meeting your neighbors and their families. It’s a win-win all around!
The transition into fall is a perfect time to snap some beautiful photos to capture the beauty of fall and let your kids have some fun. Before heading out to make some sweet memories, there are a few things to keep in mind. Since it gets darker a lot earlier, plan accordingly to take advantage of natural light. Consider where you’re taking photos and try to wear contrasting colors to make everyone the main focus! Most importantly, try to look beyond typical places and let nature do its thing. You’ll have a blast, unforgettable memories, and a bunch of choices for your Christmas cards!
We may be saying goodbye to the sweet summer sun, but it’s important to try to get some fresh air every now and then. There’s no better time to throw on your favorite sweater and go enjoy some time with your loved ones. No matter what activities you decide to try this fall, all that matters is that you have fun with your family, doing whatever makes you happy! What are some of your favorite fall family activities? Leave your comments below!