Fall Fun with Your Kids

10.26.12

The pools have closed, the kids are back in school, and that crisp autumn weather has finally arrived! But that doesn’t mean you are stuck inside watching TV all weekend! Here are a few great ways to get out, enjoy the beautiful weather, and spend time with your kids!

 

Go Apple Picking

Apple picking is a great way to spend time with your kids this fall!

Growing up, this was a tradition I always looked forward to! Check out your local orchids and take your kids apple picking! Most of the farms I have been too literally let you pick them from the trees, which as a little girl, made me feel extremely cool! You can even use this as an educational opportunity to teach your kids about the different types of apples and what seasons different fruits are grown in. And to finish off the day, many of the orchids have hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches for a little bit of variety … and to make sure everyone sleeps well that night!

**check back later for some awesome recipes for all those apples =)

 

Have a Bonfire

Enjoy a bonfire to warm up the night!

Another great way to spend the evening is with a bonfire! Whether you have a large pit in your backyard or use a little coal-heated barbeque pit, this is a great way to get out and enjoy the night. (Check your local parks too because they might have a fire pit or barbeque pit you can use if you don’t have one yourself.) Buy some marshmallows to roast, some chocolate and gram crackers, and you will have the world’s best dessert: s’mores! The key here is to make sure you follow your local fire codes if you are doing this in your backyard! Wherever you are, bring a blanket and lay down to look at the stars! See how many constellations you can see! Anything to enjoy that beautiful night sky!

 

Take in a local football game – or go play ball yourself

A high school football game is a great way to teach your kids about sportsmanship

Are you ready for some football?! One of the best things about growing up in a small town was that everyone came out for the local high school football games, even if they didn’t have kids at the school! Check your local schools and take your kids to the games! Most of the time, they are cheap and are always a great time. This is also a great way to get your kids excited about staying active, so maybe on Saturday you can take them to a park and teach them to throw a football themselves! This is a great way keep them active and away from technology.

 

And last but certainly not least, a child’s dream come true…

 

Rake your leaves …  so your kids can mess up all your hard work!

Kids of all ages love to jump in a pile of leaves!

Children love to make messes, but this is one mess that you won’t mind cleaning up twice! Go outside and rake your leaves (or leaves in a local park) into a large pile. Then … go nuts!! Jump in that pile, throw the leaves everywhere, and watch your kids light up from the excitement. Once they calm down,  see how many different kinds of leaves you can identify and maybe you will find a few you want to take home. If you do take them home, have some crayons or chalk and construction paper handy. Lay the paper over the leaves and lightly rub a crayon or chalk over the paper, creating an image of the leaf. Make sure to use the side of the crayon or chalk, which means you will have to tear the paper off the crayon. These make great art projects for around the house!

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