Kids need dedicated, creative, solid playtime each day that doesn’t include watching television or plopping down in front of a computer. Did you know that playtime actually helps adults relax too? And, an added bonus, there are a lot of ways you can bond with your child. Fall is the perfect season for random outdoor and indoor activities. It’s not too hot. It’s not too cold. Fall offers so many natural art pieces that you don’t have to purchase between colorful leaves, acorns, pinecones, pumpkins, and different color grass. Here are fifteen ideas of ways you can keep the kids entertained after school and on weekends.
Cook dinner with them
Great kid friendly recipes include soups, crockpot dinners, pizzas, and baking.
Recycle objects into new projects
Some ideas include turning cereal boxes into puzzles or glue leaves, acorn tops, and sticks onto a piece of paper to make a person.
Buy an inexpensive sheet from the dollar store or goodwill and let the kids use toxic free paint to make whatever art piece they wish.
What better way to teach attention and focus skills to your child? And, they generally take a good amount of time. Plus, there are thousands to choose from.
Create a scavenger hunt with a special surprise at the end.
Do something nice for a neighbor
Teach your child that it doesn’t have to be a special occasion or holiday to do something nice for someone else. Remember, kids learn a lot by watching you do it first.
Make a scarecrow
You can do these using paper towels rolls, construction paper, and markers for indoors or you can use old clothes, an old broomstick, rope, and dead grass stuffing for outdoors. Think of all objects around you and imagine what else it could be used for.
A Fall favorite and popular activity. You could theme your carving or make it a competition. Don’t forget the candles and to bake the seeds for consumption after you are finished.
Plant a garden or grow a pumpkin inside of a pumpkin
Fall is actually a great time to plant cool season vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, and swiss chard. And the fun continues as you watch your plants grow.
A really cool idea specifically for Fall is to take a pumpkin (the smaller the better), cut off the top, take out seeds, fill with dirt, plant some seeds in dirt inside pumpkin, water it, let it sit out for a week until you see the first sprout come out of the top, plant the whole pumpkin in the grown, then water it and watch it grow. As long as it doesn’t get too cold your new pumpkin plant should continue growing.
Use a leaf with a lot of veins as a backing for paper and crayons. Teach your kid how to press with the crayon so that the leaf details transfer onto the paper. Then hang their beautiful leaf rubbing on the refrigerator for all to see.
Start making Christmas gifts
Teach your child that gifts don’t have to be purchased by making homemade Christmas gifts for your loved ones. If you start in the Fall then you will have plenty of time to finish.
Use items from outdoors to make a fall collage
Use poster board or canvas and find beautiful pieces from nature to make a Fall collage for decorating. Imagine leaves of all colors glued together. So pretty!
What better Fall treat than popcorn! Make popcorn strings, wreaths, necklaces, etc. Be creative.
Fall candy swap party
Candy is just an expected part of fall with Halloween right around the corner! If you have too much or you have leftover candy that no one in your house really likes then host a “Street Candy Swap”. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You could literally just line buckets up and kids pour their candy into on the way in. Then find competitive ways to make getting the candy back out fun.
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Collect socks to pass out to the homeless. Pick up trash on the street you live on. Rake leaves. There are endless things that need to be done. Now is a great time to teach and show your child what doing for others is all about.