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 love to do with my kids every fall.
Go To A Fall Festival
The first time we went to a fall festival, it was just me and my daughter. We rode the giant slides, went on a hay ride, had some popcorn, and saw some animals. The second time was with the entire family, including my parents. We did the exact same thing and more! We went home with cute little pumpkins and had so much fun that I want it to be a family tradition.
Go Apple Picking
Our first apple picking trip was so much fun and having my parents with us then made it extra special. We went to an orchard near where we lived and spent the entire morning walking around and picking apples. The kids had so much fun picking apples. And we went home with quite a lot! We will surely do this again every fall!
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 fall foliage 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.
Paint Or Carve Pumpkin
The kids enjoyed painting their own pumpkins when we did it the first time; which is why I’m convinced that we should do it every year. I’ve yet to try carving a pumpkin so we’ve yet to see how that turn would out!
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. I’m always drawn towards practical Halloween costumes that could still be used even after Halloween. But I want to try something different this year. So we’ll see!
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. It is also a great idea to take family pictures during this beautiful season; you can hire a photographer or do it yourself! Either way, it’s going to be fun and I’m sure the pictures will turn out amazing!
Teach Them About Thanksgiving
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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.
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. So far, we’ve been successful in doing this with very little to no crying. We’ll see how this year’s picture goes.
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What did you think of this post? What do you love doing with your little ones in fall? Do you have any fall traditions? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.
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