The best things in life are free. Sunshine, fresh air, a good night sleep,… But one of the best things by far is creating long lasting memories with your loved ones. Recalling those treasured moments is a lifelong source of joy that doesn’t cost a penny.
Because fall is a breathtaking season, I put together a list of fall themed activities you can do as a family. They will strengthen your bond and help you create beautiful memories together.
I know most of these suggestions are classics, but having a list handy can be nice. Along with a few shots of how we’ve implemented some of these ideas, I’ve added a few nice Pinterest pictures that will inspire you even more. I hope you’ll enjoy!
1. Jump through a pile of leaves
For this first fall activity you will need a rake and a bunch of enthusiasm. Remember, the bigger the pile the greater the fun! Once you’ve gathered a significant heap, jump through it at your heart’s delight. Roll through the pile or make it rain leaves. Let the kids take the lead, they’ll surely have plenty of fun ideas.
If you’re not up to it though, don’t fret. Walking through the fallen leaves on the side of the road can be just as enjoyable.
TIP : Do this on a dry day, when the leaves are extra crunchy. The sound of crispy leaves crushing under your soles is soul healing!
2. Make a temporary feature wall using leaves
Inspired by fellow creatives, I came up with idea of making a temporary autumn leaves feature wall.
The girls and I first went leaf hunting. Than we used duck tape to hang the nicest ones to a wall of our choice. Because duck tape is not that strong, lots of leaves end up falling to the ground. We don’t mind because it happens at random moments, making that lovely ‘falling leaf’ sound. It’s something we actually look forward to. Plus that the girls also love taking them down and rearranging them.
If you think that might bother you or your kids wouldn’t enjoy repeating the activity on a regular basis, use transparant thread and attach the leaves to it instead. You can place them randomly, by hanging them from your ceiling individually, or in a row, by attaching them to the same horizontal string. Other options are using washi tape, poster gummies or anything else you think might do the job.
Another great idea is cutting and hanging up a felt tree trunk and some branches for the kids to attach the leaves to.
If you want to attach the leaves but not directly to your wall, stick them on sheets or paper and hang those up.
TIP : Hang the leaves as soon possible after collecting them. If you wait too long they will continue drying and change shape, making it harder to properly attach them. This is just as true if you want to attach them to paper.
3. Get creative with leaves
Use some of the leaves you have gathered for the fall wall to create something fun together. Experiment away! There are no wrong ideas.
TIP : Let the littles take the lead. Their creativity has no bounds.
4. Go on a nature walk
Head to a nearby forest for a nice walk. Take the opportunity to reconnect with nature and each other surrounded by breathtaking foliage. Enjoy the magical colours, relax and breath in that crispy fall air.
TIP : Consider wearing boots. Fall is an unpredictable season and because of the cold temperatures the ground doesn’t dry that quickly anymore.
5. Make decorative clay mushrooms
Mushrooms are a typical symbol of fall. Having some displayed around your house will definitely add to the autumn vibe. If you don’t have any clay use flour and salt from your pantry to make some salt dough. Create your mushrooms, let them air dry and than paint them.
TIP : Making things with your hands is therapeutic and relaxing. Unwind with this activity after a stress day.
5. Bake some fall cookies
Baking together can be lots of fun. It is also the perfect bonding experience. Explore cookie recipes, add food colouring and experiment with spices. We made some simple sugar cookies but added pumpkin spice, ginger, cinnamon, clover and cardamom. To be even more in theme we added orange, green, yellow and red. The result was colorful and delicious.
TIP : Remember not to stress out over the details and just enjoy the experience. Life is not Pinterest perfect but the memory made will be perfect! And the mess won’t matter in the long run, but the moment spent together will be cherished forever.
7. Have a fall picknick
Grab your picknick blanket and pick an amazing spot. You don’t need to pack anything elaborate, even simple sandwiches will do. The experience is what counts. If you make it an afternoon picknick you could also enjoy the sunset together.
TIP : Take a thermos of hot liquid and plenty of blankets. Fall winds can be cruel and suffering the cold lowers the immune system.
8. Get lost in a corn field
Corn fields are whimsical places. Go out and get lost in one. Explore the plants, break off some cobs, notice the bugs. The kids will have a magical time.
TIP : Corn mazes are very popular during fall seasons and for good reason. They are great fun. However, a simple game of hide and seek in a regular field is more than enough to make your family corn field adventure unforgettable.
9. Go apple picking
This is one of my all time favourite fall activities. It combines relaxation, physical activity and delicious snacks with being in nature. What makes it even better is sharing the experience with you partner and offspring.
TIP : Pick a farm with short trees so that even the littles of the family can reach the branches. Most apple farms also grow pears trees. Combine picking both for an extra delicious haul.
10. Bake some apple pie
Use some of the apples you picked to bake a home made apple pie together. It’s easy to do and always a delicious treat.
TIP : Add some apple cider vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon to prevent the apples from turning brown. Little hands are not fast at peeling and chopping and that’s ok.
11. Read books about fall
Reading together is one of the best family pastimes. Head on over to the local library and rent a few books on harvest, mushrooms, migration, leaves or any other fall related topics. Spend a rainy fall afternoon reading together.
TIP : Keep a list of you’re favourite fall books every year and compare them as time passes. It will be great to look back and remember what you enjoyed reading with your littles at various ages.
12. Make s’mores
There’s nothing like s’mores to bring on the childhood nostalgia. Recreate this all time favourite snack with your kids and enjoy.
TIP : Are you vegan or is your family on a sugar or gluten free diet? No worries! There are plenty of vegan, sugar and gluten free recipes out there!
13. Make oven baked apples
Oven baked apples are really easy to make. You pick or buy them, wash them and pop them in the oven. Nothing else is really needed for a tasty result. You can of course opt to fill them with brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts to make them even more delicious. The smell will fill your house and hearts with happy feelings.
TIP : I’ve noticed most baked apple recipes suggest adding butter. I have never used any myself and I am convinced there is no need for it. So why bother?
14. Visit a pumpkin patch
Walking through a pumpkin patch is the staple of fall activities. Discover one with your kids.
TIP : Pumpkin farms usually sell a variety of pumpkins at very low prices. Take advantage of that to stock up on this seasonal fruit.
15. Dance in the rain
When fall gives your rain, dance. You might think this activity is not for you, especially since fall rain is cold and abundant. But it doesn’t have to be pouring, a light drizzle counts as rain too.
TIP : Stay completely dry by using rain suits. And don’t forget your rain boots!
16. Make hot apple cider
There is nothing like a warm and delicious cinnamon apple cider cup to brighten up a gloomy fall day.
TIP : Add some raisins. Boiled raisins swell up and taste amazing.
17. Cuddle up under a blanket with a hot brew
When the weather is too harsh to go out, enjoy some time indoors. Make your favourite hot beverage and cuddle up under a blanket together. Talk about your hopes and dreams, grab a book to read or put on a nice movie or series. Savour every moment!
TIP : Listening to the pouring rain or being near a fire place while doing this activity will make it extra satisfying.
18. Jump in puddles
Put on your rain boots and go have some fun. Muddy or not, the puddles wil bring about joy and lots of laughter.
TIP : Go out right after a storm, when the sun is shining. Splash around while taking advantage of the years last warm sun rays.
19. Make a fall mood board
Cut and paste fall images into a beautiful collage. Add clippings, drawings, fall objects or anything else your heart’s desire.
TIP : Hang the mood board up in your kitchen or livingroom for daily inspiration.
20. Go on a fall treasure hunt
Grab a box or a bag, print out a list of fall objects and head into the woods. Talk about life and enjoy each others company while exporing nature.
TIP : A clever mom came up with the idea of using an empty egg container. It makes keeping track of what you’ve collected way easier.
If you’d like some more visual inspiration check out the Fall Pinterest board I’ve created for this article. If you feel like sharing your family’s fall adventures use the hashtag #fallfunwithlittles. We’re looking forward to share in your fun!
What would you add to the list? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section bellow, we’d love to hear them.