Everyone likes to be outside in the summer. And it’s pretty easy to encourage kids to play outside when the weather is warm and the days are long. But there’s still lots of fun to be had come the fall, despite the need for a layer or two, and with evenings closing in a little sooner. If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids busy this autumn, take a look at these five fun outdoor activities.
1. Rake leaves and play in the piles
It’s a classic!
Fall got its name because all the leaves “fall” off the trees when the summer is over. However, you don’t have to look at raking them up as a chore. Kids can have fun raking the leaves into piles and then jumping in them. It’s a great outdoor activity that helps your kids build memories, while cleaning up your yard at the same time. Make raking the leaves a family activity that you enjoy every year.
2. Collecting art supplies
Leaves aren’t the only things kids can find outside during the fall. Encourage them to look for acorns, pinecones, pine needles, several different colors of leaves, rocks, and other outdoor objects they can use for crafts. Then, have them create centerpieces for Halloween and Thanksgiving or create other pieces of art. Your kids will have lots of fun hunting down the perfect items and then creating their art masterpieces.
3. Finding the perfect pumpkin (or other gourd)
As noted in the above activity, there’s nothing that activates enthusiasm in kid more than a good, old-fashioned quest. And at this time of year, a trip to the pumpkin patch to find that perfectly shaped pumpkin or other gourd can be just the thing.
Make a game of it. Get a list together of certain shapes and colors of pumpkin, and send the kids on a mission to find the many, or the few, that match. Plus, everyone loves a good jack o’lantern around Halloween. Once you find your pumpkins, carve them outside to minimize mess, and maximize the crisp sunshiny days that Fall can bring. You can do this several times during the season, too.
4. Picking fruit, learning about the harvest
Gardening isn’t just for the summer and spring. Fall is the best time to harvest all sorts of plants. Let your kids help take care of the garden by watering it, pulling weeds, and picking fruits and vegetables. Fall is also the best time to pick cherries, plums, and apples off trees and grapes off vines. Let your kids help with all the harvesting and then have them share what they collect with your neighbors and friends.
And if you don’t have a garden, no problem. Take your kids to local farmer’s markets. Talk to local sellers about the harvest, and to your kids about where their food comes from. This is a great time of year for it.
5. Explore a corn maze
Corn mazes are a lot of fun, and can often be found at those Farmer’s markets mentioned above. Make the corn maze a family activity that your kids look forward to every year; just make sure they dress warm for the chilly, autumn air, especially at night. No matter how old your child is, this is a chance to take a walk with them and explore something new while being outside at the same time.
Autumn is harvest time. So it stands to reason that we should be outside, with quality time spent with the kids. These are just a few ideas for fun outdoor activities you can do with your kids in the fall. There might be festivals and other fun events you can check out, too. So, make sure to find out what’s going on in your community.