It’s time to say goodbye to the flip flops, pack up the swim suits, and get the kids ready to go back to school. The beautiful fall season is upon us. The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp and clear, and everything is pumpkin spiced. While I’ll miss the swimming pools and beaches, there’s nothing better than sweater weather. It’s the perfect season to enjoy the great outdoors. There are so many fun-filled ideas to keep the kids busy and outside this fall.
Here are seven outdoor activities you can enjoy with your kids this fall.
1. Get Gardening
Gardening isn’t just for spring and summer. Fall is the perfect time to plant perennials, trees, shrubs, and cool season veggies, like broccoli and lettuce. By getting your kids involved with gardening, you will create an appreciation and understanding of where food comes from early on in life. Give your older children a small plot of their own to choose which plants they want to grow. For your toddler, create a sensory bin, filled with potting soil, miniature gardening tools, toy worms, and some plants (fake or real).
2. Fall Scavenger Hunt
Create a fall scavenger hunt for your kids to do on one of your hikes or even just in the backyard. Grab some binoculars and look for different types of birds. Give them a bucket and have them collect leaves, acorns, and pine cones. Keep a few for some fun fall crafts, like leaf rubbings or painted acorns.
3. Take a Hike
The dead heat of summer is over, the mosquitoes are gone, and you can finally enjoy exercising outside again. Hit the trails and enjoy the fall foliage. You may want to bring a baby carrier to trek your little one in, while your older kids can burn off some energy and explore nature at it’s finest.
4. Go Apple Picking
Visiting a local apple orchard is fun for the whole family. Give each kid a basket or reusable bag and help them pick some delicious apples. You could even sneak in some education by talking about how apples grow and the different parts of the apple (i.e., the core, leaves, skin, seeds, flesh, and stem). Some orchards have other activities for the kids as well, such as tractor rides, pedal carts, craft stands, and hay bale mazes.
You may get home and wonder what you’re going to do with all these apples your kids harvested. Get your kids in the kitchen and have them help you make homemade applesauce, apple pie, apple oatmeal, or even some apple muffins.
5. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
The pumpkin patch is a fall classic. Pack up the kids and head out to pick the best pumpkins to take home and decorate. If you can, enjoy a hayride or get lost in the corn maze. Some pumpkin patches even have farm animals and dry corn boxes for your kids to roll around in.
6. Have a Bonfire
The cooler nights of fall make it a perfect time to have a backyard bonfire. Set up some lawn chairs around the fire, tell stories, sing songs, and really connect with your kids. Serve up some hot apple cider, and of course, what would a bonfire be without some S’mores?
7. Rake the Leaves
It’s amazing how much fun your kids can have with just leaves. Teach your kids to rake leaves and then reward them by letting them jump in the huge piles they’ve created. You could even make a landing pile at the bottom of the slide. Stuff some old clothes with the leaves and make a scarecrow for Halloween.
Your Turn Mom
From the pleasant temperatures to the colorful leaves, fall is undoubtedly the best time to enjoy the great outdoors with your kids. Don’t let this beautiful season slip through the cracks. Get your kids outside and make some memories. These seven outdoor activities will make this fall one that you’re kids will never forget.
Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a coffee addict, and a mommy blogger. You can find her sharing her journey through motherhood, and giving little tips and tricks to become a more well-rounded parent on her blog MomLovesBest.com.