Fall is an exciting time of year. The weather changes and there’s an energy in the air that is so real it feels like you can reach out and touch it. If you want to switch things up and take advantage of the cooler temps and changing colors these fall activities for kids will not only provide hours of fun, many are educational and fun for parents, too!
Some take a little more work while others will make you feel like you’re getting a break, mom. What they all have in common though is that they capture the essence of fall: getting outdoors, cozying up with the ones you love, and using all your senses. Give your children experiences to cherish with these fabulously fun fall activities for kids.
1. Fall Sensory Bin
Make a fall sensory bin with your favorite fall items. Your bin might include acorns, pinecones, leaves, gourds, pumpkin seeds, or dried corn kernels. Have fun exploring shapes, textures, and smells with this fabulously fun fall activity.
If you’re looking for fall activities for kids, we’ve got plenty, but why not ask the kids what they hope to do this season? Our Fall Bucket List printable will get you started and then you and the kids can fill in the rest.
Make a lasting memory with your child by going on a hayride together. It’s a great opportunity to slow down and get in a snuggle or two.
Children and parents can enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire while toasting marshmallows to perfection. All you need is some graham crackers, chocolate, and your toasted marshmallow to make a delicious stacked s’more. If you are really feeling creative, you can mix up the ingredients by using cookies instead of graham crackers or use various kinds of candy instead of just chocolate.
Collect some fallen leaves together for a leaf craft. Start by identifying the types of trees the leaves are from with our printable Leaf Identification Game. Then make leaf rubbings by placing leaves under a piece of paper and rubbing on top with crayons. Another option is to preserve the leaves by making a design by placing leaves on clear contact paper. Once the design is complete, place another piece of contact paper sticky sides together. If your kids love crafts, here are more simple fall craft ideas for kids.
6. Visit farm animals
Visit a local farm to feed the farm animals. Pigs. Chickens. Horses. Sheep. There are so many animals to see. Create a lasting memory together petting the animals on the farm.
7. Homemade Applesauce
Is there anything better than homemade applesauce in the fall? It’s the perfect solution to the surplus of apples. You can make up your own recipes with the basic ingredients of apples, cinnamon, and sugar or follow the directions from a recipe.
Here at iMOM we’re big on scavenger hunts. We have a ton that work for any time of the year, indoors and out! But our Halloween Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to put a new spin on this fun fall activity for kids.
9. Visit a Fair
Fall is a popular time for fairs. Have fun experiencing the joys of a fair together. Try new foods, visit some animals, and play some games. A fair is a great way to spend time with your children and support your local community.
10. Donuts & Cider
This is one of the fall activities for kids that feels like it’s more for you. Indulge in a freshly baked donut and apple cider to fully embrace the fall. Make it a complete experience by including the donuts and cider as part of a picnic.
Take a nature walk together. Parents can make a scavenger hunt or play I Spy to find common items or changes that happen in the local area for a more interactive experience.
12. Bake pumpkin seeds
Instead of throwing away the insides of the pumpkin, it is fun to separate the seeds from the gooey pumpkin flesh. Once you have all the seeds separated, give them a good rinse with water, and then let them dry. Spread them on a baking sheet and sprinkle some salt on top. Bake them at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
What is your favorite fabulously fun fall activity to do with your child?