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101 Fun Fall Activities for Kids

Christine O'Brien
Nov. 7, 2017

Autumn-lovers, rejoice! Your favorite season is finally here. As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about how you can help your kids get outdoors and take advantage of all that this amazing season has to offer.

 

Here are 101 fun fall activities for kids:

  1. Visit an apple orchard.
  2. Make apple crisp.
  3. Build a scarecrow stuffed with newspaper.
  4. Have an apple cider "tea" party.
  5. Bake apple chips.
  6. Make an apple stamp.
  7. Bob for apples.
  8. Make handprint leaves.
  9. Jump into a leaf pile.
  10. Paint wooden crafts.
  11. Make popcorn balls.
  12. Create leaf rubbings.
  13. Stuff leaves into bags that look like pumpkins.
  14. Decorate stationery with homemade leaf stamps.
  15. Play "I Spy" during a nature walk.
  16. Collect and identify leaves.
  17. Press leaves into a photo album.
  18. Visit a zoo.
  19. Check out a haunted house.
  20. Make a necklace with Halloween-colored beads.
  21. Take a hayride.
  22. Get lost in a corn maze.
  23. Visit a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.
  24. Have a pumpkin-carving party.
  25. Toast the pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin.
  26. Decorate pumpkins with paint, markers or stickers.
  27. Enter your decorated pumpkin into a local contest, or have your own!
  28. Roll down hills and listen to crunching leaves beneath you.
  29. Create a holiday centerpiece out of gourds.
  30. Bake seasonal cookies.
  31. Make pumpkin ice cream.
  32. Visit a park and bring along a tree or bird guidebook.
  33. Take a family bike ride.
  34. Collect acorns and paint faces on them.
  35. Bake pumpkin bars.
  36. Coordinate family Halloween costumes.
  37. Decorate your yard with hay bales.
  38. Arrange artificial autumnal flowers in festive pots.
  39. Make squirrels out of toilet paper tubes.
  40. Iron leaves between two sheets of waxed paper and hang them in the window.
  41. Have a Halloween-themed movie marathon.
  42. Make hot chocolate with marshmallows.
  43. Host a make-your-own-pizza party.
  44. Go on a color walk, gathering outside "treasures" in yellow, orange, red and brown.
  45. Have a neighborhood costume parade.
  46. Attend a locally sponsored Halloween party.
  47. Play Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin, a festive version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
  48. Make Halloween cards.
  49. Decorate trick-or-treating bags with spooky faces.
  50. Dress each other up as toilet paper mummies.
  51. Play Left Center Right with leftover Halloween candy.
  52. Attend a local football game.
  53. Play your own game of flag football in the yard.
  54. Use white tissues, a black marker and rubber bands to make miniature ghosts.
  55. Play hide-and-seek with glow sticks.
  56. Set up a fire pit.
  57. Make s'mores outside.
  58. Play Ghost in the Graveyard.
  59. Make caramel apples.
  60. Host a fall- or Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
  61. Visit an indoor water park.
  62. Make apples out of pipe cleaners.
  63. Play on indoor trampolines.
  64. Visit an arboretum.
  65. Read some of these autumn-themed children's books.
  66. Play board games.
  67. Make Crock-Pot applesauce.
  68. Attend a local harvest festival.
  69. Visit a farm.
  70. Make owls out of brown paper lunch bags.
  71. Attend a parade.
  72. Take a drive to view the colorful foliage.
  73. Make owls out of toilet paper rolls.
  74. Schedule an outdoor family photo shoot.
  75. Go stargazing.
  76. Make stamps out of wine corks.
  77. Draw a tree trunk and use your wine cork stamps to paint leaves.
  78. Collect pinecones to decorate a mantle or tabletop.
  79. Plant spring bulbs.
  80. Make spider decorations using black construction paper and googly eyes.
  81. Tell stories by the fireplace.
  82. Trace a tree pattern by placing a piece of paper on the trunk and rubbing a colored pencil over it.
  83. Use pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters to make festive gelatin.
  84. Plant an indoor herb garden.
  85. Play on straw bales.
  86. Make a classic handprint turkey.
  87. Build a leaf fort.
  88. Create pinecone birds using craft feathers and googly eyes.
  89. Make rice crispy treats with pumpkin puree.
  90. Visit a children's museum.
  91. Create a paper-plate apple.
  92. Read these children's books on the harvest and Thanksgiving.
  93. Make chicken soup.
  94. Put all of your children's seasonal crafts into a memory book.
  95. Use tissue paper to create "stained glass" windows in fall shapes.
  96. Have an apple taste-test.
  97. Bake a seasonal berry crisp.
  98. String popcorn and cranberries into garlands for decorating.
  99. Stop at roadside farm stands to sample local fare.
  100. Make personalized Thanksgiving place mats for your whole family.
  101. Create a thankfulness tree for your dining room and fill each leaf with something you feel grateful for.

From fun arts-and-crafts projects to festive outings, this list of 101 fall activities for kids has something for everyone!

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Christine O'Brien is a mother, writer and lover of most things apple and pumpkin.

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