101 Things to Do this Fall with Kids
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101 Things to Do this Fall with Kids

We all have busy, stressed and chaotic lives. Perhaps this list can inspire some families, to slow down a little and enjoy the simpler things in life. Children want you and your attention and time. More than the newest toy, afterschool activity, video game or TV shows. Be creative and you will see with a little time and effort, and very little money…you can give your children a slice of you and a time we fondly remember of our own childhoods!

  • Collect fall leaves/make a leaf collage
  • Bake homemade pumpkin pie
  • Go apple picking
  • Taco Tuesday! – invite family or friends over- this is always a fun night at my house
  • Watch an old movie
  • Make s’mores- (graham crackers, 1 piece of Hershey’s chocolate and then nuke the marshmallow for 10-15 seconds, top with another graham cracker) Yum!
  • Create a masterpiece together on a blank canvas
  • Watch a documentary on public television, History channel or Discovery channel
  • Play records or old cd’s- dance around the room
  • Make fondue
  • Make an autumn wreath- with pinecones
  • Read a book together- like the Narnia, Harry Potter, or any other exciting book series
  • Play video games
  • Give each other manicure/pedicures
  • Make a huge pot of steaming, cozy stew together
  • Watch the Thanksgiving parade on television
  • Take an after dinner walk
  • Make macaroni necklaces
  • Build an entire town out of all your kids toys with them (Get creative, use construction paper for streets, make milk carton buildings, go crazy)
  • Play in the rain, jump in those puddles, get cozy on the couch on a stormy day
  • Brush your pet cat or dog
  • Massage each other’s feet
  • Have an Indian night (try a recipe, listen to music on YouTube, try henna, light incense)
  • Play Monopoly
  • Play dominoes
  • Make blueberry pancakes
  • Go to a flea market or yard sale
  • Go to an Oktoberfest
  • Have a race
  • Fly a kite
  • Go bowling
  • Take a hike
  • Go on a local tour
  • Have a picnic
  • Make homemade Christmas gifts in advance
  • Start a scrapbook
  • Visit a farm
  • Go to a museum
  • Play Frisbee
  • Blow bubbles
  • Have a sleepover
  • Visit a pet store
  • Have breakfast for dinner
  • Jump Rope
  • Go to a Farmer’s market
  • Drink apple cider
  • Bake an apple pie
  • Go rollerblading, biking or skateboarding
  • Have a BBQ
  • Play soccer
  • Make spaghetti tacos- ala iCarly
  • Go to the movies
  • Go to the playground
  • Go to the zoo
  • “Getting bored is not allowed!”- Eloise, age 6
  • Spend some time going over those math problems or spelling words they just haven’t mastered
  • Go to a cornfield maze
  • Roast chestnuts
  • Play hopscotch
  • Ride a carousel -parents too!
  • Look up magic tricks and try some
  • Have a Japanese or Chinese night
  • Play a board game-better yet have a regular family game night
  • Write a story
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Play Scrabble
  • Bake cupcakes for no reason at all
  • Color
  • Do nothing all day
  • Look at baby pictures
  • Make frozen yogurt pops
  • Play with Clay
  • Teach them how to play chess
  • Have a pretend campout indoors
  • Let them help cook dinner- from groceries to clean up
  • Play charades
  • Talk about what if…… you had your dream house? What if you can be anything you want? ….
  • Have a staring contest
  • Have a thumb war
  • Sing the oldest song you can remember, teach them how to sing it
  • Eat corn on the cob smothered in butter
  • Make tie dye t-shirts
  • Have an Italian night or any other international night you wish
  • Jump in a pile of fall leaves
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Make a giant fruit salad
  • Rock, paper, scissors
  • Make Monkey Bread-<
  • Make homemade pizza
  • Learn an instrument or make pretend instruments
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Laugh-tell silly jokes
  • Have a pillow fight
  • Have a tickle fight
  • Tell them childhood stories or your parents stories
  • Make a big pot of chili and corn bread
  • Go to a Halloween event in your area
  • Make a Jack o Lantern
  • Read about the Pilgrims, Native Americans, write down why you are all grateful in your lives
  • Have a family meeting
  • Enjoy the fall and all of its glory!

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