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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for the colder weather all year. And if you live anywhere close to me, you’re still waiting. I mean really, doesn’t the south have winters anymore? At this rate, by the time it cools off it’ll be summer again. But I’m getting off topic. I want to talk about all the fall activities for toddlers that you can do this season as a family.
I don’t know if it was growing up in the south with all the heat and humidity that sprouted my love for winter, but every year when it starts to cool off I start looking for things to do outside. By the time fall comes around, I feel like I have to shake the house smell off of me and join the outside world again.
Ever since I had my son three years ago I have struggled to find things to do outside that we would both enjoy. No matter what one of us always ends up compromising. But over the years I’ve learned a few things.
So allow me to teach you some. I have compiled a list of our favorite fall activities to do. I am sure that your family will love at least one of them. And bonus points, they are all inexpensive (because who doesn’t love to save money). Here are our top five.
This one is my favorite. I loved hiking before I had my son and was so bummed when I could go pregnant. I was just too sensitive to the pollen outside to hike in the woods. Once my son was old enough to take with me, we started up again.
The reasons this is a family activity and not just for the older ones have to do with fact that you can stop and play along the way. My son loves to bring along his trucks and play in the dirt when we take a quick break.
This one is fun when the leaves just start to fall off the trees. It won’t work if they are too crunchy, but when they just fall off the trees it is the perfect time to paint them.
Now I like painting leaves, but maybe you’re a mom who enjoys just sitting outside instead. That works too. Just set your kid up with some washable paint and old clothes and relax. They’ll stay busy and you won’t get asked a million questions.
Who doesn’t like a trip to the park? Now, this doesn’t have to be a kids park with swings and jungle gyms, and other screaming kids (you know the ones that aren’t yours and somehow scream to a whole different pitch?). Instead, it can be a quiet little park with some benches and a maybe even a pond.
The point isn’t to go and lose your kids on the play equipment. Instead, bring a few toys from the house, and set down together for a little lunch away from the distractions of the house. This way the whole family gets to bond.
I love pumpkin patches. I mean who doesn’t. Not only can your family pick out the pumpkins they want to decorate for Halloween, but there are always so many different activities to enjoy. Between the corn mazes, face painting, and greasy food, there is something for all members for the family to enjoy. Just don’t forget to grab a pumpkin on the way out. You’ll need them for the next fall activity.
If you have never tried pumpkin painting, then you should consider it. It is much easier than trying to carve out a pumpkin, and a lot safer. And don’t forget the pumpkin will last longer too. No one likes a rioting pumpkin before the holiday is over. This is another fall activity everyone can enjoy. We like to hold competitions in my house.
So there you have it. Fall activities for toddlers that the whole family will enjoy. All of these are super easy, and budget friendly. They are sure to bring the family together. What is your favorite fall activity?
Suggestions for your kids while you hike.