Monday, October 5, 2015

15 Fun Fall Activities for Kids

To You:

The wind is blowing, the leaves are changing color, the kids are asking for their warmer coats, and I am loving it!  Fall officially arrived this week.  We have been busy doing and planning some fun activities as I relish in the awesomeness that is Fall.  I thought I'd share some of our favorite ideas, printables, and links to make the most of the season.

  1. Pine Cone Bird Feeder
    1. Find a pine cone.  Smother it with peanut butter.  Cover with nuts/seeds/dried fruit/etc.  Hang on a branch to make a backyard bird feeder.
  2. Leaf Rubbing
    • Collect leaves of various shapes and sizes.  Place a leaf under a piece of paper.  Use the side of an unwrapped crayon to rub over the area where the leaf is hidden.  Watch the leaf image magically appear.
  3. Celebrate Squirrels!
    • Click Here for a day's worth of ideas to celebrate these little critters.  Includes a free Squirrel Puppet Printable.
  4. Paint
    • What does fall look like to you?
  5. Leaf Pile Extravaganza
    • Gather leaves.  Play in leaves.  Throw leaves.  It's pretty much the quintessential Autumn activity.
  6. Make a Scarf or Hat
    • Get ready to bundle up!  Children can easily learn to "knit" with a round loom.  If you are a beginner knitter or want to learn, This is my favorite helper.  Consider making one to donate to a Service Member.
  7. Bake
    • Pull out the canned pumpkin my friends!  It is time for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!  And the kids thought they didn't like pumpkin!  Experiment with the fun squashes found at the grocery store.  Dig into all that comfort food.
  8. Wind Dance with Ribbons or Scarves
    • Try Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2.  You can feel the wind swirling, a storm coming, rain falling, gentle breezes, etc.  Kids LOVE moving to any music while twirling a ribbon or scarf.  Look here for ideas on making and using a windwand.
  9. Make a Gratitude Tree
    • Paint a tree trunk and cut out leaves of various colors.  Every Sunday until Thanksgiving, each family member writes something he or she is grateful for on a leaf and glues it to the tree.  We don't have to wait for turkey to be thankful!
  10. Autumn Scavenger Hunt
    • Go in the backyard, to a park, or on a nature walk.  Use this Printable attached to a paper sack to collect the items.
  11. Playground!
    • It won't be too long until sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snow prohibit extended playground time.  Enjoy it while it lasts!
  12. Provide a Meal
    • As the temperatures drop, it is a good time to discuss those who will do without this season.  Find a food bank or shelter and donate.
  13. Make a Family Tree
    • With all this talk of trees, make a family tree.  Tell the kids stories about you and their grandparents when they were young.  Here is the tree we used.
  14. Apple Day
    • Pick apples, bake with apples, sing about apples, color pictures of apples...
  15. Make a Scarecrow
    • Check out these paper mache scarecrow heads! :)  This is our current project.  Check back later for a picture of our finished scarecrows!

I hope these ideas help you and your little ones enjoy time together in this beautiful world!

Love, Marielle

Shared at A Little Bird Told Me.


  1. Mars- I love your blog. You are such a wonderful mom and have amazing ideas. I will absolutely have to do some of this fall stuff with the kids this wknd. Love you!!

  2. I'm glad you'll use it! Have so much fun with those adorable chillins!!! Love you!

  3. So awesome thanks for all your insights !