The temperatures are starting to dip a bit, most kids are back in school, and Target has already put out its Halloween decorations. This can only mean one thing: Fall is almost here!
When I think of Fall, I immediately start thinking of the sweet taste of pumpkin pie, cozy knit sweaters, and the crunching of leaves under my feet. If I close my eyes and think hard enough, I can almost smell that outside air. You know, that smell that has a way of sticking to your skin and your clothes when you come rushing in the door. I love when my kids come in from being outside smelling like the outdoors, and even more when I can spy a hint of pink on their noses from the cool air.
Just in the past couple of weeks, we have started doing things together as a family to welcome in my very favorite season. And what better way to welcome Fall than by spending it outside? Here are three Fall activities that you can do with your family to get yourselves outdoors:
- Take a hike! My family and I are fortunate enough to live by the mountains, so this one is an easy one for us to get to. We did this together a couple of weekends ago, and had such a great time being out in nature. The kids enjoyed pointing out everything they saw, and would pretend they were on an adventure. But, if you can’t take a hike, then go for a walk. You don’t even need to go far to have a good time. Just be prepared when little one’s start saying their “legs don’t work!”
- Change up your dinner routine, and make your meal outdoors. If you’ve been camping, chances are that you’re familiar with tin foil dinners. I wouldn’t consider myself a camper by any means, but dinner…I’m all over that! When a recent trip to make tin foil dinners in the mountains fell through, we decided to tweak our plans, and make our meals on the grill. The kids thought it was fun to customize their own meals, and we loved the minimal clean up. Win win!
- One thing that I’ve been wanting to try out with our kids is making our own placemats using leaves we’ve collected. This activity can be done year round, but is made better (in my opinion) when you can use different colored leaves. You can find one tutorial on how to make them here: http://www.momtastic.com/diy/174709-pressed-leaf-placemats-craft/ . What I love about this activity is that not only does it allow you to go outside and explore, but you can preserve the leaves and enjoy them long after the final leaves have fallen, and all the remaining ones are brown and frail.
If you’re looking for other ideas for Fall themed activities, you can find a bunch at:
What are some things you like to do with your family to get yourselves outdoors?