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.
“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.
- 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!
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!
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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