While I remember plenty of crisp (and let’s be honest, cold!) October days in upstate New York, here in North Carolina, it’s much milder. Still, the signs of fall are all around us and I think half of our yard is covered in multi-color leaves.
With our little girl on her break, we’ve been looking for activities to keep her busy while still sticking to our budget. The great news is that there are plenty of things to try out and do as a family. Here are a few of my favorites:
Create Leaf Art
It’s been a while since I did it in school, but it’s still fun and a nice way to spend time together. Our little ones love art projects and this is a simple, colorful, and unmessy craft that anyone can do. Grab some beautiful leaves around your yard, find crayons around the house and make a leaf rubbing. You can also trace the outline and color it in any way you want. For those with older ones, you can also preserve the leaves and hang them up as art.
Visiting a Farm
As the warm season winds down, now is a wonderful time to visit a local farm or orchard. You and the kids can take a tour and pick apples together. While you’re there, you can also talk with the farmers to help your kids make the connection between what is grown on the farm and what they eat at the table. For some picky eaters, it’s enough to get them to explore more dishes.
Escape to the Mountains
The leaves changing makes me think of heading out west to go hiking and snap some pictures in the mountains. Of course, you don’t have to go out of town to enjoy nature! Making a day trip to the local park can be a relaxing way to unwind. Bring your camera (or smartphone) with you and see how many unique and fun pictures you can take.
Thoughts on Family and Fall Activities
As you can see you can have memorable traditions and adventures as a family without breaking the bank. It just takes some creativity and a willingness to explore the great outdoors. I’d love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite fall activities? What did you do growing up? What traditions are you passing down or new ones you’re introducing?