Hooray! Today officially marks the first day of Fall. I could spend all day talking about why fall is my favorite time of the year but instead I thought I’d share with you 5 ways your family can welcome the new season!
Where we live, nothing says fall quite like the overflowing apple trees waiting to be picked. Since we live a stone’s throw away from an amazing pick your own farm, getting our weekly produce right off the trees has become something of a habit. Even though we have been picking different fruit all summer, nothing tops a brisk afternoon spent picking apples. Your little ones will have a blast! The apples can be found on high and low branches, letting everyone get in on the fun!
Just watch how fast they pick or you may end up with too many! My kiddos have been setting some records lately, picking an insane amount of apples in just a few minutes. I think we ended up with close to 20 apples in the fridge last time! Luckily M and J have been eating at least an apple a day for snacks so they are not going to waste. If you end up with more than you know what to do with, don’t worry! Just check out my next activity!
Bake a yummy treat!
One of my favorite things about fall is the baking! The weather is finally starting to cool down and you don’t mind opening the windows and turning the oven on. The possibilities of what to make are endless…. pies…soups…breads…muffins… desserts…
Baking is also a great activity to get your little ones involved in. Regardless of their age, there is something for everyone to do. From start to finish, they can be involved. They can help pick the recipe, measure and pour, fill the pans, set the timer and clean the dishes! I don’t know about your little ones, but M thinks doing the dishes is so much fun and who I am to stop her 😉
While apples are one of the first fall foods you think of, don’t forget to take advantage of other fruits and vegetables that are fresh right now. Fall squashes make delicious soups and pears can be used in just about anything that calls for apples. Depending on how much you’re baking, this is also a great time to double or triple recipes to freeze for the winter. In the past week, we have made a few batches of soups, a handful of breads and some apple desserts! I’m sure the list will grow as the season continues.
Here are two of my favorite recipes for inspiration:
ABC Leaves Scavenger hunt
This is a really fun idea that gets your little ones running around while practicing their alphabet (exhausting and educational, what could be better?). I cut out 26 leaves from foam sheets that I picked up at the dollar store and wrote 1 letter on each leaf. If you can find precut shapes that work, even better! I took the leaves and hid them in our backyard while M was occupied with another toy.
When we went outside, I told her there were 26 leaves hidden in the yard and sent her off to find them.
The only thing more fall-ish than apples would be pumpkins. It seems as though overnight they have popped up everywhere. I have to be careful not to let M and J get a pumpkin every time we see them or I’ll end up with an entire patch in my front yard. For me, decorating pumpkins in a quintessential fall activity but my little ones are way to young to start carving their own yet.
I figured we had two options, carve the pumpkins while they watched – maybe helping scoop out the seeds – or get creative and decorate them another way. I found this set of pumpkin stickers at Oriental Trading with a really reasonable price. It included enough stickers for 12 pumpkins, more than enough for everyone to do a couple. We are still waiting for them to arrive but I have high hopes. I’ll be sure to post some pictures afterwards to show how they came out.
Make a Leaf Mobile
Another fun way to celebrate the changing seasons is to let your little ones create a leaf mobile. Pretty soon the leaves will start changing into a beautiful array of colors and this project can be a natural way to talk about it. You can either trace actual leaves you find outside or download the printable I included below.
Have your little ones color in each leaf and cut them out. Then punch a hole in each leaf and tie them to a branch or stick at varying lengths. You can either hang this in the backyard or inside if the stick is clean 🙂
DOWNLOAD YOUR LEAF PRINTABLE HERE: FALL LEAF MOBILE
While some may be sad to see the summer go, I hope this list inspires you to make the most of this wonderful season! What are you favorite ways to enjoy the fall?