5 Quality Family Activities to Enjoy During Autumn
- Gina V
Autumn is a season when you can spend more quality time together as a family. Children are back to school, days are shorter which mean that the kids are home earlier, and cooler weather invites everyone to spend more time indoors.
Try some of these ideas as inspiration for wholesome family activities this fall
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Have a fall fun day
If you have younger children, plan a day to just experience the season together.
You might start out by raking leaves, collecting and bagging them and moving them to the curb for pick-up. Encourage the kids to collect leaves of various sizes and colors.
Point out the sights and smells of autumn in your yard and community. This activity has all sorts of benefits: outdoor physical activity, elements of cooperation and responsibility, and plenty of communication.
Moreover, you can teach your kids some biology: you just need an herbarium, a wooden plant press, and plants. If you don’t want to spend money on the wooden plant press, you can use two A4 papers, arrange the plant in between and add on top, few big heavy books like atlas or anything similar.
This is a great way to teach your kids about plants and in the same time can be a recreative session for adults who love flowers. Moreover, you can have a wonderful memory with these dried plants: all you need is hanging herbarium frame and your memories will be there forever.
Visit your local pumpkin patch or farm
Especially if you have younger children, they’ll be delighted to experience the sights, textures, and smells of agriculture.
Let each of the kids select a pumpkin or two for the fall holidays. Grab some decorative gourds to bring the sights of autumn into the house. Add some cinnamon or apple pie potpourri wafting in the air, and you’ll help the entire family get into the spirit of fall.
You can also try a pumpkin pie. Let the kids enjoy by decorating the pie. I remember the smell of pumpkin pie prepared by my grandama. Just delicious.
I am baking pumpkin pie every autumn and I remember of my autumns when I was a child.
A nice and easy recipe can be found here.
Enjoy fall-focused dinners
Encourage family members to work together to prepare a favorite fall meal. Even little ones can participate by setting tables, stirring ingredients together and serving a favorite food.
Corn on the cob, fall squash, potatoes and a favored entrée can help create memorable traditions around fall dining. Dessert can be pumpkin or apple pie or other seasonal family favorites.
Provide art materials for the kids to make autumn-related placemats or place cards.
Preparing and enjoying a special meal together gives every family member a chance to participate. It also makes great opportunities for communication to enhance your family relationships.
Hold a story night
With the fireplace going and everyone sipping hot chocolate and snacking on their favorite goodies, fall is a perfect time to enjoy reading together.
Find a book that everyone in the family will enjoy
Harry Potter can be a great place to start, but there are many other options, too.
Have everyone take turns reading a few pages or a whole chapter.
Holding story night one evening a week is a wonderful way for your family to re-connect, relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Spice up your movie night
Do a little initial research by finding movies that have family-friendly plots or storylines that stimulate family discussions.
Some examples include: What About Bob, Pay It Forward, Freaky Friday, Kung Fu Panda, and Finding Nemo.
This is another activity where you might allow the kids to take turns selecting. However, if you’re seeking movies with morals or special messages, you might want to help “steer” the children’s selections by providing the names of 3 or 4 movies and letting the kids choose from among those.
Bonus: Plant spring bulbs
Now is the perfect time to plant spring bulbs. Spring bulbs come in a variety of colours and size and are perfect for little kids to handle. Daffodils are perfect to plant this autumn. Their bright and colorful flowers pop up at the end of winter, just in time to let us know that the warm weather is coming back.
Some other ideas are: plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths, preferably by the end of September; Plant tulips in November; Plant hardy summer-flowering bulbs, such as lilies, alliums and crocosmia, in September and October.
Take advantage of the incredible opportunities that autumn offers for making memories with your children. Whether you go for a family outing together or just gather for an old-fashioned movie night, you can spend more quality time with your family this fall!