Fun Fall Activities To Do With A Toddler

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I grew up in the Philippines where the only seasons we’ve had are summer and spring; but ever since I lived here in the United States, fall has quickly become my favorite season. I love how beautiful this season is, especially when the trees started changing colors; I love the crisp air; I enjoy having to dress up in layers (something I didn’t get to do back in the Philippines) but still not feel as restricted as you do in winter. And the fact that there’s a bunch of fun fall activities that you can do with your kids makes me love this season even more. That said, I’m sharing with you a list of things that I’d love to do with my kids this fall.

toddler in fall festival with animals

Go to a pumpkin patch – Last year, I’ve taken my daughter to a pumpkin patch where we rode the giant slide, went on a hay ride, had some popcorn, and saw some animals. We went home with a cute little pumpkin and had so much fun that I plan to do it again. This time, my son and the whole family will be joining us so I’m sure it’s going to be lots of fun.

mommy and baby apple picking
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Go apple picking – This is something that I haven’t tried before but I’ve seen a lot of pictures from people and it looks so much fun which is why I want to try it with my kids. I figured they would love it since it’s outdoors and it’s an activity that we get to enjoy as a family. I am absolutely going to make some applesauce which my kids love and other delicious apple recipes after.

mommy and baby girl with fall foliage in the background

Enjoy the foliage – Personally, I think that you are missing out on the beauty of fall if you won’t do this at least once. Sure, you get to see the leaves change colors on your way to work or on when you’re running errands; but there’s nothing like doing nothing and just admiring the beauty of it especially when you’re with people you love. Since I got here in the United States and saw the fall foliage for the first time, I told myself that I have to set aside a time every year to just enjoy it. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do it last year since I’ve just given birth then so I’m hoping to make up for it this year.

kids painting pumpkin
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Paint or carve pumpkin – This is another thing that I haven’t done before but it looks like it would be fun to hand-paint a pumpkin with my kids or even carve it. I’ll probably start with just painting them but let’s see if I’ll have the courage to carve one (I’m scared I’d end up hurting someone).

toddler wearing a pumpkin halloween costume

mommy and daughter dressed up as monster's inc sullivan and boo for halloween

Go trick or treating – When I was a kid, dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating wasn’t a thing in the Philippines. Which is not surprising why before having kids, I am not really big on dressing up for Halloween and going out with friends (although I used to love going out with friends and staying up all night – just not on Halloween). But of course, everything has changed now. Ever since my daughter was born, I am always looking forward to Halloween. In fact, I’ve already thought about what our costume is going to be this Halloween as early as October of last year. So of course, this one is a must have in my list.

toddler enjoying her morning walk in fall

Take more walks – Because it won’t be before long when it gets colder and putting on bulky sweaters, wearing gloves and scarves, putting on that chunky winter coat, and going out of the house becomes a chore. My kids love the outdoors so we have to take advantage of the fall weather as much as we could before winter arrives.

baby girl fall picture with pumpkin and fall leaves

baby boy fall picture in Washington, DC with pumpkin and fall leaves

Take fall pictures – During my kids’ first year, I had a project where I took their solo picture during each season with proper props (if needed) so I can see how much they’ve grown as the seasons change, had those printed, and hung in our wall. Now, I’d like to start a new project and do a sibling picture every season so we can be reminded how fast they are growing together as the seasons change.

thanksgiving dinner setup
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Teach them about thanksgiving – Even though we still observe Filipino traditions at home because I want them to know everything about where my husband and I grew up, since they were born here and will probably spend most of their life here, it’s just right that we make sure they know about it.

And, of course, celebrate thanksgiving. Every night before my daughter goes to bed (which I will be doing with my son soon), we pray and say thank you for each of the blessings that she has received which I think is a good way to teach her how to be appreciative of the little things in life and how to have a grateful heart. You can read more about that here.

siblings picture with santa

Take a picture with Santa – Of course, it won’t be complete if I don’t dress them up and take them to the mall to have their picture taken with Santa. We were a little bit successful in doing that last year, my son was only 2-month old so he didn’t have stranger anxiety back then, but my daughter, on the other hand, did. We managed to get her to sit on Santa’s lap (with my son) and got their picture taken before she started crying. So we’ll see how this year’s picture goes.

What does your Fall Activity List look like? I’d love to hear about it.

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  • We just went to the apple orchard yesterday…it’s the perfect fall activity!

    I love that you have taking walks and teaching them about thanksgiving on this list. It’s great to enjoy the fresh air and get exercise before it’s winter. And it’s great to prioritize and teach thankfulness!

    • Thank you! I am definitely looking forward to apple picking with my kids. I absolutely agree about getting some exercise before winter hits and teaching thankfulness. The shorter days and longer nights make me so lazy to get up early in the morning while everyone is still sleeping to squeeze in some exercise.

  • These are some great ideas! Love fall activities!

    • Thank you! Glad you liked this list.

  • Great ideas for the fall! Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are such great ideas,, space for them to run around and enjoy fresh air!

    • Thank you! I can’t wait to take them this weekend. Hopefully, it won’t rain. Fingers crossed!

  • KIm

    Great ideas! I need to see if we have any local apple orchards here. And we can’t wait to paint pumpkins!

    • Thank you! Glad you liked it.

  • Great list, mama! I definitely want to try the whole “paint a pumpkin” thing! My daughter (15 months) may be a little young – but I think it’ll be so cute to let her go crazy! 🙂

    • Thank you! Glad you liked it. My daughter and I started doing hand and finger painting when she was 14 or 15 months. She still doesn’t get how it works so I still have to guide her and stuff but it’s a fun sensory activity for them. I’m sure you’ll both love it. My son is currently almost 13 months and I’m going to let him “help out” with the painting as well. 🙂

  • We are planning a pumpkin patch trip this week! Your pictures are adorable!

    • Thank you, Jasmine! Glad you liked them. We are scheduled for a pumpkin patch trip this weekend as well so I am hoping it doesn’t rain on us. Enjoy your trip this week!

  • Adorable pics, and great ideas! Love this time of year!

    • Thank you, Morgan! Glad you liked it. 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see my niece! i want to take her on a walk and take some pictures!

    • Have fun taking her on a walk and take lots of pictures! 🙂

  • Precious family pictures and great memories being made here. Well done, Mom. Well done. 😉
    The How-to Guru

    • Thank you for your sweet comment. 🙂

  • I’ve never taken my kids to that apple orchard – that’s one we should definitely try this year! Thanks for all of the suggestions!

    • You’re welcome! Let me know how it goes for you.

  • These all look like so much fun! I wish there was an apple orchard near by so we could pick apples!

    • Awww! That’s too bad.

  • This is such a great list. I try to do all these things with my kids during the holidays. As a school counselor, I get all the holidays off, so it makes time with my kids more fun!!

    • Thank you! Nice, I’m sure you’ll have a great time with them!

  • Love fall colours! Sweet apple cake…..yummy!

  • playdatesparties

    Fall is definitely my favorite season. We attend kid-friendly Octoberfest celebrations and go to the county fair. Going apple picking and special foliage trips sounds like a fabulous idea, too. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • Fall is my favorite season as well. Kid-friendly Octoberfest celebrations and county fair sounds so much fun too. Thank you for stopping by.

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  • Like this post. You have cute babies 🙂 x

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