Fall is a season of change that speaks to the senses…the crunch of leaves, the kaleidoscope of colors, the coolness of the air. The impending holidays invite togetherness and create the perfect setting for family activities. Here are some fun ways to strengthen family bonds while exploring the richness of fall.
1. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Create a list beforehand of items to look for on your walk. Some ideas are: leaves of different colors, a tree with no leaves, squirrels, a scarecrow, rakes, pumpkins, acorns, etc.
2. Take a drive to a local rural area and enjoy the scenery. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while you’re there.
3. Find a local apple orchard and go apple-picking. Then, work together as a family to make an apple pie, cinnamon apple crisp, or caramel apples.
4. Check out your local pumpkin patch or farmer’s market for pumpkins.
1. Collect leaves, acorns, and twigs and create a fall centerpiece for the family table.
2. Make a leaf pile and take turns jumping in.
3. Have your own Halloween parade. Each family member can dress up in a costume and march around the house.
4. Decorating pumpkins doesn’t have to be for Halloween only. Use paint and paper to create turkey pumpkins.
5. Use at least one item of clothing from each family member to create a scarecrow to display in your front yard.
6. Trace and cut out your family’s handprints on fall-colored paper. Glue them around a donut-shaped paper plate to create a family fall wreath.
7. Mix up some homemade yellow, orange, brown or red play dough. You can add cinnamon or nutmeg for an autumn scent or crunch up leaves to add texture.
Books, Books, and More Books
Don’t forget your library! Here is a sampling of books from the Frisco Public Library than can help you Fall Into Fun!
Autumn and Changing Seasons – Non-fiction:
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