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Fall activities are favorite family traditions in our home.
We love fall, y’all. Absolutely love it.
I’m not going to lie, this surprises me. Like a lot. Most of my life I have hated fall. Loathed it. Yuck.
Fall meant the end of the golden days of carefree summer. The start of school. Cold weather.
It’s also the season my parents finally did decide to divorce, I’m sure that didn’t help my perception.
So basically, awful.
I just finished reading The Little Book of Hygge by William Morrow and realize that’s exactly what I eagerly anticipate: hygge.
With my own little family we have focused so much on building traditions and togetherness that all the old icky feelings about fall have gotten shoved out of the picture and all that’s left is cozy happiness.
Books for Fall Reading
We like to set the mood for each season and holiday with a selection of books. Each year we add new seasonal books to the girls’ home library that can be enjoyed together year after year.
There’s nothing quite so cozy as snuggling up with the kiddos and a well-loved book. Here are some surefire fall favorites:
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt! by Steve Metzger
Up, Up, Up! It’s Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro
It’s Fall! by Linda Glaser
Apple Fall Activities
Pick Apples at an Apple Orchard!
Last year we started the tradition of visiting a local apple orchard.
Our older daughter has literally talked about it all year long. Needless to say she is absolutely giddy with delight that it’s time to go pick apples again.
She and her daddy were climbing in the trees together while baby sister chilled in the Boba with mama.
Whoa buddy, did we get a lot of apples!
This is the big stuff folks, I hope I remember this day for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to add more of these memories to our lives.
Making homemade applesauce is such an easy project to take on even with small children—and it’s something most kids will enjoy eating with pride that they helped make it from tree to their bowl!
Make Apple Cider!
I’m not sure many smells can compete with mulled apple cider to signify the arrival of fall. It’s undeniably delicious and gets bonus points for making your whole house smell like autumn.
You can enjoy a nice warm mug together while reading a favorite fall book!
Bake an Apple Pie!
Eating the fruits of your labor as a delicious dessert is incredibly fun and rewarding. You can let the kids go nuts cutting the pie crust into shapes with cookie cutters—and if you’re feeling super indulgent, there’s nothing quite as delicious (and fun to make!) as vanilla ice cream to go with your pie!
Pumpkin Fall Activities
Visit a Pumpkin Patch!
Since our first daughter’s very first Halloween, we have visited the same local pumpkin patch. It’s something we anticipate all year long.
We get to visit the farm animals, eat pumpkin donuts, go for a hayride, and walk through a maze.
Those simple, perfect childhood moments.
Oh my heart how she grows.
Mama gave birth to baby sister a couple of days after this!
Carve a Pumpkin!
We started the tradition of carving pumpkins together before we were even engaged.
I love the boyish enthusiasm it brings out in my husband, even though he pretends it’s a chore. Adorbs.
Even more adorbs with two babies helping us these days.
Our first daughter’s first pumpkin carving experience. These pictures are real life, y’all. Messy counters and all. If I only captured photos with Southern Living backgrounds, well let’s just say I wouldn’t have photos of most of my kids’ major life experiences.
Two days postpartum, Halloween was happening come hell or high water if I had my say. No way, no how did I want that little two year old girl to associate her sister’s birth with missing Halloween.
Little sister was in the background playing with pumpkin goop, good times had by all!
Bake a Pumpkin Pie!
Turn those pumpkin guts into a delicious dessert—granted carving pumpkins aren’t lauded for pies the way sugar pumpkins are, it’s still a fun possibility I’m sure the kids will enjoy too! (You can always use the canned stuff too of course!)
Roast Pumpkin Seeds!
Save your pumpkin’s seeds to make a tasty and fun snack that’s full of nutrition!
Bake Pumpkin Bread!
Who doesn’t love a slice of spicy, moist pumpkin bread? Yum. Enough said.
Fall Activities with Autumn Leaves
Go for a Scenic Drive!
As long as we’ve been together, my husband and I have had some of our best times simply riding in the car.
It lends itself well to great conversation and simply being together.
We especially love driving around as the leaves are at their peak season in the foothills and mountains around us. Such breathtaking beauty.
You can find the best time to visit areas near you with a Fall Foliage Map.
Take a Scenic Hike Together!
Another awe-inspiring way to enjoy the fall colors surrounding us. We love taking (easy) hikes as a family.
The girls have a nature basket that we keep on a shelf at home where they can add their special treasures. It is filled with precious tiny pinecones, an amazing variety of nuts and leaves, and even a few (deceased) insects and eggshells.
Collect Gorgeous Autumn Leaves!
During a hike or even an outing at the park we like to collect leaves as a family.
It’s exciting to see how vibrant the colors of the fallen leaves can be and to compare their shapes and sizes and condition.
Decorate Your Home to Welcome Fall!
Sometimes, we like to use our collected leaves as fall centerpieces for our table, mantle, and shelves.
Create Fall Crafts with Autumn Leaves!
Our girls love making art together and fall leaves open a whole new world of possibilities!
Rake Up Some Leaves and Jump In!
Is there anything much more nostalgic than a big pile of leaves to jump and play in? Get in on the fun as a whole family, I’m sure you’ll all have grins and giggles as you head in for a mug of that apple cider you made (or some cocoa!).
Which fall activities are you looking forward to?
Does your family have any special traditions to usher in the cooler days of autumn?