By: Angy Talbot (ECFE Blog Writer/Discovery Learning Teacher)

I love making lists and a bucket list is especially fun. Each month I make a list of ideas for the season. I get lots of inspiration from Pinterest and fun activities that we have done as a family each year. Here is a fun filled Bucket List for Fall:

• Go on a hayride
• Go to a pumpkin patch
• Make an apple or pumpkin pie
• Have a campfire
• Go to an apple orchard
• Stay up until dark and watch the stars and moon
• Drink apple cider hot or cold (depending on the weather)
• Make a pile of leaves and jump in it
• Go to your local high school football game
• Go through a corn maze
• Collect acorns and leaves
• Watch Halloween kids movies – My favorite is, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”
• Leaf rubbings with crayons
• Break out the fall wardrobe and jackets
• Fly a kite
• Run/walk a mini-marathon
• Go to the farmers market
• Decorate the house in fall colors and window decals
• Make homemade soup with the kids
• Go trick or treating
• Roast pumpkin seeds
• Carve pumpkins
• Make pinecone bird feeders
• Host a Halloween party
• Make a costume from scratch
• Send homemade Halloween cards
• Bob for apple
• Make Carmel apples
• Plant a tree
• Take family photos outside
• Visit a farm
• Go to a fall festival
• Take a hike
• Go on a leaf drive during the leaf color peak
• Read outside
• Picnic in the park
• Take a flashlight walk at night
• Plant fall flowers
• Make S’mores
• Ride Bikes
• Make a gratitude jar
• Photo shot in Halloween costumes
• Play outdoors whenever possible
• Go to the zoo
• Donate to the food bank
• Enjoy the weather!

What’s on your Fall Bucket List?

Fall Fun Activity Checklist



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?

Exploring Autumn



By: Angy Talbot –  ECFE Blog Writer/ School Readiness Teacher

There is so much to see and explore in the autumn months.  The leaves begin to change, the weather starts to cool, and our days begin to shorten.  There are many entertaining activities you can do this time of year with your children.  One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to go to the pumpkin patch.  She always takes great care in choosing just the right pumpkins that we will carve.  At the pumpkin patch they often have corn mazes and hay rides.  I must admit I am always the first one to make it out of the maze!  Here is a wonderful website, Pumpkin Patches and More, to find pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and farms in your area:

www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/MNpumpkins.php.  This site also has great resources from how to choose pumpkins, pumpkin recipes, and the history of Halloween!

Not only do we think of pumpkins, apples are also at their best this time of year.  It is so fun to go to an apple orchard to pick your own apples or to taste all the different types of variations of apples.  My daughter was surprised how different each apple tasted.  Pink Ladies are her favorite!  To find an apple orchard go to the Minnesota Department of Agricultural website at: Minnesota Grown.Com  http://www3.mda.state.mn.us/mngrown/?gclid=CKOwzcfPjLkCFWNgMgod8HgARg

On this website you can also find:

  • Farmers Markets
  • Berries
  • Garden Produce
  • Sweet Corn

There are many various fall festivals and events throughout Minnesota.  To find where and when they are, just go Explore Minnesota at:  http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/festivals-events/index.aspx.  Not only do they have a list of the many events, you can look up events by city.  You can even pick dates of events so you can find and search for fun activities throughout the year!

The Sherburne County National Wildlife has many wonderful opportunities for fall tours; their website is:  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/sherburne/.  The Fall Wildlife Festival is on Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  This annual fall celebration of wildlife includes live birds, horse-drawn wagon rides, bonfire, nature crafts, wildlife discovery, food, silent auction, and more!  For more information, call 763-389-3323.

Now we can’t forget all those simple pleasures of the season.  This is a great time to be outside going on bike rides, walks, or just exploring the great outdoors.  There is so much for children to hear, smell, touch, and see.  All their senses can be used exploring the outside world.  Indoors activities such as decorating for the season, making apple pie or preparing that perfect Halloween costume are all things that can bring joy in Autumn.  Children love to help, and making them part of all the activities helps them to appreciate and enjoy them with you.  Children enjoy the simple activities of finding leaves, acorns, and pinecones or going on a scavenger hunt.  Raking a big pile of leaves and letting them play in it or letting them rake leaves is always a big hit for kids.  I found a website with fun autumn ideas, including over 150 autumn downloads!  Go to Woodland Trust at:  http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/autumn/

As stated by William Allingham, “Autumn’s the mellow time.”  So take this time as an opportunity to relax and enjoy the uncomplicated fall season.