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Fun fall activities that are quick and easy to do

Fun fall activities that are quick and easy to do

Holiday decorations are up in stores, Halloween is over, but IT’S NOT WINTER YET!  If you’re looking for some fun fall activities that are quick, easy, free or cheap and which even the most high energy boys will enjoy, here are some of my favorites (aside from jumping in leaves, painting pumpkins, and picking apples, of course)!

Make-your-Own Scavenger Hunt:

What you’ll need:  Paper, pen, pail or bag, imagination!

Whether you have five minutes to fill or an hour, you can size this activity to meet your needs.  Simply make a list of fall items you want your kids to find, hand them a bag or a pail to collect their items in, and set them off to look and discover!  If you have a child who can’t read yet, make a picture version of the list so they can play along, too.

Easy Fall Fun
Fall Fun Scavenger Hunt
Easy Fall Fun
Fall Fun Scavenger Hunt

“Stained Glass” Autumn Window Craft:

What you’ll need:  An iron, 2 pieces of construction paper, scissors, wax paper, crayons, tape, 3-4 leaves (feel free to use leaves you collected in the scavenger hunt!).

This is a project I did way back when I was in kindergarten.  Yep.  That long ago.  I remember loving the final product, and I have since done this craft a few times with my kids.

How to?

  • Cut the construction paper to look like window panes.
  • Cut wax paper to cover the construction paper “window.”  Tape it onto the back of one of the pieces of construction paper.
  • Place the leaves however you want them to appear in the window.
  • Use the scissors to shave off pieces of the crayons, and let the shavings sprinkle down over the leaves.
  • Size a second piece of wax paper to go over the leaves and crayon shavings.  Tape it down to the window pane so the leaves and crayon pieces can’t fall out.
  • Quickly iron over the wax paper until you see the crayon shavings melt into what looks like stained glass splatters.
  • Tape the second window pane piece to the back of the first, to complete the window.
  • Hang in the real window to let the sun shine through and light up the colorful creation!
Easy Fall Fun
Fall Window Craft
Easy Fall Fun
Fall Window Craft
Easy Fall Fun
Fall Window Craft
Easy Fall Fun
Fall Window Craft
Easy Fall Fun
Fall Window Craft

Chalk time:

What you need:  Chalk and a surface to draw on.

Little D and I had fun drawing fall-themed sketches on our driveway, and it was a great way to teach him about the season!

Easy Fall Fun
Drawing Autumn Chalk Images

 

Whether you are planning for a fun weekend or you just happen to find yourself with a few free minutes, enjoy any of these activities with your kids!  Let me know how it goes!

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Happy Halloween from mobtruths.com

Happy Halloween from mobtruths.com

Because in a house full of boys, simple “Trick or Treat” is not enough . . .
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Trick or treat, smell my feet
For Mommy’s sake, please keep the house neat
Out you go, have fun with a scare
Get some good candy that with me you’ll share
Pick all different things, but chocolate is best
That’s what I’ll eat, you get the rest
Costumes and pumpkins and spiders galore
Happy Halloween, my boys,
Spare me the blood and gore!
#mobtruths #motherofboys #momsofboys #raisingboys #halloween
Boys’ Halloween Costumes: The Year I Lost the Battle Against Scary

Boys’ Halloween Costumes: The Year I Lost the Battle Against Scary

Boys’ Halloween Costumes:  Why so scary?

Boys' Halloween Costumes
Boys’ Halloween Costumes: Why so scary?

“You’re NEVER going to let us be ANYTHING but a FIREMAN or a PRINCESS!” shouted R, angry that I wouldn’t let him be the grim reaper or Chucky for Halloween.  For the record, I never made my boys dress as princesses (though we do have an Elsa dress in our dress-up bin, chosen by my son, not me) — and last year E chose to be a fireman.

What is it about Halloween and boys and SCARY that all must go together?  My eldest son is only 8 and he feels he has lost out on years of having to wear non-scary costumes for Halloween. With my youngest having only just turned 3, and in a neighborhood filled with little kids, and with everything scary going on in the world today, I don’t see why we have to make Halloween all about scaring others.  Can’t dressing up just be FUN?

Growing up, Halloween meant two things to me:

  1. Using my imagination.  It was aspirational, inspirational and fun to dress up as something I wasn’t on a daily basis — an alien, a robot, Rapunzel, a skydiver, a cheerleader, an apple, a fork . . . and a chance to craft the costume from poster board and construction paper and fabric and glue with my mom.
  2. Chocolate.  So.  Much.  Chocolate.

My kids are totally on board with the chocolate gig.  But this whole “use your imagination to be something you don’t usually get to be” isn’t flying with them . . . unless it’s scary.  My own husband sort of laughed at me and said, “Really?  Look around.  Halloween actually is mostly about scary stuff.”

I knew the day would come when my kids would have stronger opinions about their costumes, and when they may not want the homemade touch they’ve had in some of the past years (note: I don’t have a sewing machine, but successfully crafted a peanut M&M costume one year and a silly headless guy in a button-down shirt another year, both with that “I-have-good-ideas-that-sometimes-fall-down-on-execution” flair).  I just didn’t know it would be this soon!  But after weeks of back and forth chatter about zombies, ghosts, skeletons, grim reapers, death raptors and more, countered by my suggestions of super-heroes or funny food items (you can’t go wrong dressing up like bacon, right?) and ordinary objects (be a lamp on a table!  That’s cool, right?), I gave up and gave in.

Why?  It’s simple, really:

  • Empowerment:  There is little my kids are in complete control of.  Giving them a little more freedom to choose a costume this year — even if I’m not entirely on board — shows them I respect their choices.  I’ll go so far as to say I can reason that this is a step in the right direction toward them becoming choiceful, decisive young men.  Nah, probably too far-fetched.
  • Excitement:  If dressing up as a ghost reaper (whatever that is) and a scary skeleton for a few hours makes my kids excited, then that’s a good outcome.  Happy kids — a good goal to have.
  • Imagination:  While I’d be happier if I could dress them up as gumball machines or guitars or innocuous themes like that, I love seeing their imaginations run wild as they envision themselves on ghostly missions and they feel brave behind those bony costumes.
  • Peace-keeping:  My kids fight with me about lots of things.  It was time to put this particular battle to rest and see their smiling faces again.  (plus, I’m not convinced their masks will be comfortable, so maybe, just maybe, they won’t wear them all night!)

I offer my apologies in advance if they scare any of you or your children.  Just know that there are two curly-haired, silly boys under those masks, celebrating a win against Mommy and walking in someone else’s shoes for a day.  And right by their side will be one 3-year-old snuggly shark (because I can still choose his costume!), and me, coping with chocolate.

Have your kids chosen scary costumes, and if yes, at what age?  How do you feel about it?

Boys' Halloween Costumes
Boys’ Halloween Costumes: The Year I Lost the Battle Against Scary