8 Ways to Fall into Fun
Last updated: October 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PT
Originally published: October 8, 2020, at 2:06 p.m. PT
As the season changes, we've put together some fun, fall-inspired activities the whole family can enjoy!
1. Paint Pumpkins
Nothing is more iconic for fall than the beautiful glow of a ripe pumpkin! Pull out your paint, glitter, stickers, or even a pumpkin decorating kit. Skip the mess of carving and let every member of your family creatively design their own pumpkin!
2. Bake Fall Treats
Imagine the smells of fall and transform them into delicious treats the whole family can get involved in. Apple Pie in a Cup, Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes, and Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats are a few of our favorite morsels!
3. Decorate for the Season
Build a scarecrow with hay or old newspaper for the stuffing! For the outfit, dig up some old clothes and accessories laying around your house. You can also visit a local thrift store to dress your scarecrow. Or create a simple leaf wreath! Go on a nature walk and gather some beautifully colored leaves. Simply cut the center of a paper plate into a wreath shape, adhere the leaves with glue, and adorn with a ribbon to hang!
4. Make a Giant Leaf Pile
Grab your rakes and get to work! Is there anything more fun than jumping into a freshly swept pile of fall leaves?! Don’t forget to take a video to relive the fun.
5. Read Seasonal Books as a Family
Here’s a list (with links!) of some of our favorite fall-themed books they whole family will enjoy:
- Leaves by David Ezra Stein (Preschool - Grade 1)
- The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger (Preschool - Grade 2)
- Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall (Preschool - Grade 1)
- Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins (Kindergarten-Grade 3)
- Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson (Grade 2- Grade 4)
- We're Going On a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger (Preschool -Grade 3)
- Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro (Kindergarten - Grade 4)
- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (Preschool - Grade 3)
- Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White (Preschool - Grade 3)
- There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro (Preschool - Grade 2)
- Autumnblings by Douglas Florian (Grade 1-5)
- A Tree for All Seasons by Robin Bernard (Grade 3-7)
- It's Fall by Linda Glaser (Preschool - Grade 2)
- Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
Go to the beach! Yes, the beach! Although you may need to bundle up, the smell of sea water and the breeze will surely refresh you. If that’s not your thing, hit the trails for a family friendly hike or go out for a bike ride among the fallen leaves.
7. Watch a Football Game
COVID-19 may have spoiled a lot of things, but we still have our Seahawks! Prepare some healthy snacks, wear your team’s gear, and get your cheer on! Go Hawks!
8. Walk or Run in a Virtual Race
Organized races are on pause right now but there’s plenty of virtual races you can participate in. Pick a race that sounds fun or supports a cause that is meaningful to you, lace up your shoes, and get moving as a family.