It’s time to now check out some fall outdoor activities for kids, now that we wrote in a previous article about 10 awesome fall activities for toddlers to try at home, in case the weather doesn’t let you go out, but in my opinion, fall is a season that’s best enjoyed outside.
The weather is still pleasant: not too hot, nor too cold either, so unless it rains and that makes you feel miserable, you have no reason whatsoever to remain indoors. But even if it’s raining, going on a puddle jumping mission is still fun.
But we have more than that to share in today’s article. Our recommended fall outdoor activities for kids are fun for spending time with your family, because I can guarantee, the kids will not be the only ones that will enjoy them.
So if you’re looking for some extra inspirations and ways to have fun together with your kids, keep on reading!
1. Jump in leaf piles
No reason for me to explain how to do this. Just gather all the leaves in your yard, make a big pile and jump in!
If you don’t have enough, help your neighbor out and move his leaves to your yard or just go to a local park.
Make a big enough pile in a safe area and enjoy your time. I guarantee you’ll have fun too, just wait your turn, and let the kids go first, will you?
Have a picnic in the park
It sounds easy enough, even in a spurt of the moment kind of thing, but if you plan this ahead, make sure you make pumpkin pie, or cinnamon and apple pie – it will bring the smell of what fall means to you.
Grab some sandwiches, grab some toys or a frisbee and just enjoy the nature. It won’t be long before winter comes and you won’t have a chance to enjoy a picnic for some time…
Have a fall photo shoot
You can use the picnic outing to arrange for a fall photo shoot, and you can also include the previous Jump in leaf piles activity for even funnier photos.
The colors of the nature around you will surely make all of you seem like you’re part of a fairy tale and the truth is that you have a ton of options when it comes to organizing a photo shooting session with your family for some long lasting fun memories.
Build a pine cone weather station
This is an awesome activity to tell the weather using a pine cone. The kids will learn why the pine cones open when the weather is fine, and why they are closing when rain is closing in.
No shame in admitting you didn’t know this, I never wondered, so I never knew before either.
Well, the pine cones are the parts where all the seeds are stored, so when the weather is nice, they open up so they can let the seeds flow in the wind and find their place on the ground.
If the rain is coming, the humidity will increase, and the seeds won’t be able to go too far, as they’ll get heavy with water and they’ll just fall and soak too close to the pine. So it closes up in order to keep its seeds inside. Nature is spectacular!
So now, you can take a pine cone and glue it to your window sill so it has a better “view” of the weather and it doesn’t fall if the wind blows too hard. This way, you can make it a daily activity to check the weather and see if it will rain or not.
Plant a pumpkin inside a pumpkin
There are pumpkins everywhere nowadays, so get yourself some!
I would say a medium sized one will do. Cut the top of and make it look like a pot. You can use regular dirt or seed starter, if you don’t want to risk it, and fill the pumpkin up, leaving its seeds inside.
Water it so that the dirt is always moist and take care of it so it doesn’t go too dry.
In about a week or so, you’ll start to see sprouts making their way out, and in another few days more of them will pop out. This is the time to plant your pumpkin in your garden as they can’t grow into actual pumpkin-producing plants inside their current home.
People say these are easy to grow, so hopefully you’ll have your own pumpkins. But even if you decide to keep them there as they are, they will make up for an unique and interesting decoration.
There are few things more fun than a scavenger hunt for the entire family!
First of, you should take a good look around and see what things the outdoors give you to work with.
You can even make a map of where to find everything. Put things like acorns, chestnuts, pine cones, rocks and different kind of leaves on your map.
Every kid should have their list of things they need to find, it would be better to be a picture like list, so that the small kids can play too.
For Example: 2 Rocks (write number 2 and draw 2 rocks), 3 acorns, 2 chestnuts, 4 sticks, 1 chestnut leaf, 1 other-type-of-leaf, maybe a red leaf, a brown leaf, a green leaf and a yellow leaf and so on.
Each child should have their own box (a chest for his treasures) or a bag and their list of objects that need to be found. They will surely have lots of fun and so will you, seeing how happy they are!
You can use the leaves and things you found in the Scavenger hunt, and even add more surprises for a fun Guess bag game.
For it, you need some bags, and in each bag you are going to put one kind of fall object that the kids have to identify only through touching.
For example, put a pine cone in one bag, apples in another one and acorns in a third. They can only put their hands in without looking and guess what’s in there.
You can make teams and even keep scores if you want. You have plenty to choose from: apples, pumpkin seeds, pine cones, chestnuts, acorns, leaves, sticks, corn grains, rocks, wall nuts, and even hay. It might not sound a ton of fun for grown-ups, but young kids will love it!
Find the tree
Now, assuming you have lots of leaves left, if not, go find more and as different as possible.
You can use them to find their tree, doing a bit of research and exploration and you can teach your kids the names of the trees around you and educate them about nature in a fun way.
I hope you enjoyed our suggestions, and will enjoy them outside too. Plenty of activities to choose from and be inspired. Make sure you let us know how did it go and visit us soon for more articles like this one.