Don’t let the cooler weather get you down—embrace the season and take advantage of all the activities fall has to offer!
Try one of these the next time your kid says, “I’m bored!”
1. Pumpkin patch: Do a little research and find a pumpkin patch with a petting zoo and other activities so picking out the Halloween pumpkin can be an all-day outing!
2. Apple picking: I know it’s tempting to go to the orchard, eat some cider donuts and buy the pre-picked apples, but pick them yourself this year! Put your munchkins to work and they’ll be that much more excited about eating the apples!
3. Nature hike: When the colors on the trees are at their peak, pack up the family and hit up a local trail. Don’t forget to bring your camera for all the wonderful photo opps!
4. Holiday crafts: Whether it’s Halloween pumpkins cut out of construction paper or turkeys traced from little hands, breaking out the craft box on a rainy day is always a way to keep kids busy and entertained without resorting to a day of TV.
5. Leaf piles: Going out to rake leaves? Let your kids have an hour or so of jumping in piles—there’s nothing better (except maybe jumping in piles of snow)!
6. Cider making/cookie baking: This is another great, rainy-day activity. Warm up some cider, add some cinnamon and pull out your pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters for an afternoon of baking and mess making.
7. Cornucopia craft: Buy a cornucopia at the craft store along with some small gourds, pumpkins and other Thanksgiving-themed items and let your kids create a cornucopia centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
8. Outdoor winter prep: It’s time to clean off that patio furniture and put it away for the winter. And the deck also needs swept. Offer a small fee to your kids for a job well done and put them to work!
9. Leaf tracing: Collect some gorgeous fall leaves, press and dry them and let your child trace them onto paper. They can also draw directly on the pressed leaves with markers or you can glue leaves onto construction paper. The possibilities are endless!
10. Touch football: Getting outside and enjoying fresh air is harder when it’s cooler out. Organize some fun outdoor games like touch football to get your kids and their friends motivated to get moving!