04 Oct Fun Fall Activities To Do With A Toddler
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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