School’s back in session, the nights are getting longer, and everything has come up pumpkin spice. Fall is fast approaching. However, this time of year finds a lot of children moaning about the loss of warm summer nights and days spent at the pool. If your kids are still mourning the loss of summer, consider offering up one of the following activities to inspire a renewed fascination with autumn.
Get Into the Outdoor Spirit Fall is a great time to spend outdoors. The air is brisk and the harvest is in full swing. Get your kids together and enjoy some of the following activities — many can be done in your own backyard:
- Make a pile of leaves and jump in them.
- Do some Pinecone Bowling
- Have a family bonfire.
- Play scarecrow tag.
- Create a backyard scavenger hunt.
- Go bug hunting.
- Go apple picking or head to your local pumpkin patch.
- Explore a corn maze.
Get Artsy Arts and crafts are a fantastic way to get your little one’s creativity flowing when autumn rain keeps us from going outdoors. Here are seven crafts perfect for the fall months:
- Stained Glass Fall Leaves Craft from Mom on Time Out
- Pumpkin Slime Play Recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Leaf Rubbing Mural from Filth Wizardry (pictured)
- Pumpkin Suncatchers from Artsy Momma
- Monster Hands from Happy Hooligans
- Crayon Turkey from Quill
- Salt Dough Leaf Prints from That Artist Woman
Get Reading One of my favorite fall memories is being curled up on the couch, wrapped in my comforter, reading A Wrinkle in Time. Early sunsets and long nights are the perfect excuse to send your kids on a literary adventure. Start with by making your way through a book list together or enroll your child in a children’s book club!
Autumn Safety Tips As lovely as fall can be, there are hazards to be aware of.
- Don’t allow your children to play in leaf piles near curbs. The piles can obstruct the view of drivers and put your child at risk for getting hit, especially since it gets dark outside earlier.
- You might be surprised to know that autumn is the peak season for wasps and hornets. Keep your little ones safe by removing any nests you come across around the perimeter of your house.
- Autumn is the start of flu season, and it's recommended that everyone 6 months and older gets vaccinated against the flu.
- Teach your kids to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly. Use hot water, plenty of soap, and wash for at least 30 seconds. It’s one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.
- Encourage safe Halloween health and safety tips.
Fall may be the end to summer activities, but it’s by no means the end to fun. Encourage your kids to get out there, explore the world, branch out in their creativity, brush up on their literature, and just plain have fun!
Liz Greene is a writer and former preschool teacher from Boise, Idaho. She’s a lover of all things geek and is happiest when cuddling with her dogs and catching up on the latest Marvel movies. You can follow her on Twitter @LizVGreene