Fall Fun Activity Checklist

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By: Angy Talbot (ECFE Blog Writer)
“Autumn . . . the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

I love the season of autumn. The colors are beautiful, the weather is perfect, and Halloween is just around the corner. Everything begins to slow down. The garden begins to dwindle and the leaf foliage falls from the trees. We begin to honker down ourselves with warm sweatshirts, hot chili, and cozy nights by the fire. This time of year we want to enjoy it as much as we can, since it is such a short period. There are so many fun things you can do with your children during these autumn months.

Here is a fun checklist to get you started:

• Go for a family bike ride or walk
• Visit your local pumpkin patch
• Go to the library and check-out fall themed books
• Bake pies (pumpkin and apple)
• Roast pumpkin seeds
• Make apple cider (don’t forget a cinnamon stick)
• Jump in a big pile of leaves
• Fly a kite
• Watch Halloween and Thanksgiving movies (Charlie Brown is the best!)
• Bob for apples
• Make caramel apples or caramel corn
• Go for a drive looking at the fall changing colors
• Go on a hayride
• Go on a nature scavenger hunt
• Make pinecone birdfeeders
• Have a campfire
• Make orange pumpkin scented play dough
• Make different crock pot soups or chili
• Paint with corn cobs or apples
• Go apple picking
• Spend the day at the park
• Stop at the nature center (Sherburne County Refuge is a great place)
• Create outdoor art
• Go fall camping
• Visit the zoo
• Go canoeing
• Go mini-golfing
• Go to a football game (check out the local high school teams)
• Go to a farmers market
• Visit a museum
• Attend the Anoka Halloween Parade
• Take a family picture or fall photo shoot
• Make a fall garland or wreath
• Make popcorn balls (I loved these as a kid)
• Make or find Halloween costumes
• Drink pumpkin flavored hot chocolate
• Have a Halloween party
• Break out the blankets – make a fort
• Prepare for winter

These cool, crisp fall days always fly by. Be sure to make the most of it, we know that snow and cold will be upon us soon!

What is on your fall fun activity checklist?

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