The Fall is one of the best times of year to get outside to enjoy natures seasonal sights. We have created a fall bucket list full of fun fall activities and awesome autumn crafts that kids and families LOVE!
The gorgeous array of colors, delicious smells, crisp cool temperatures, all make the fall an enjoyable time of year. Find a few classic fall activities and maybe a few new ideas to try below.
Remember this is not a must-do list, but a can-do list… If it’s not fun don’t do it! Choose the activities that you and your family would like to do this autumn and ditch the rest!
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Autumn Bucket List: Fall Activities and Crafts for Kids and Families
Have fun checking off some of these classic fall activities with the kids for the best autumn ever! Learn more about each fall activity by clicking on the blue hyperlinked text within each suggestion.
1. Go On A Scavenger Hunt
We have a few fun ideas for scavenger hunts in the fall. One of our favorites is searching for the signs of autumn appearing all around us as the seasons begin to change. It’s become a game that my daughter and I play as each season turns into the next.
Another fun idea is to go out in search of colors or shapes like hearts. My daughter and I see hearts everywhere we go in nature and have created a beautiful video of them all that you can see in our heart shaped nature scavenger hunt.
2. Gather Treasures for Nature Crafts
If you go out on a scavenger or nature hunt this autumn, collect some nature crafting materials too! Collect acorns to make acorn marble necklaces, and leaves to make leaf art, turkey leaf lanterns for Thanksgiving or heart leaf mason jars just for fun!
If you find leaves that are sturdy enough, like magnolia leaves, use them for leaf lacing or sewing practice, or press and preserve autumn leaves to use later. For even more fall nature craft ideas click on the link!
3. Celebrate the Fall Equinox
The autumnal equinox marks the official beginning of fall in the northern hemisphere. Learn all about the fall equinox and fun ways to celebrate the beginning of this glorious season. Just click the link!
4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Going to a pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins is a classic fall activity for kids and families. We are lucky enough to live in an area where we can visit a new pumpkin patch every year, but of course, we have our favorites.
Click on the link for all of our pumpkin patch field trip ideas including pumpkin carving ideas!
5. Find Your Way Through a Corn Maze
May pumpkin patches have a corn maze, while some are separate. Find a corn maze near you and get lost with the whole family!
6. Pick Apples and Make Cider
Another fun fall activity to do with the whole family (or class) is to go to the apple orchard to collect apples to use for crafting and baking. Check out our apple orchard field trip ideas for all of our favorite apple activities, apple crafts, and apple recipes to enjoy the fruits of your labors!
7. Carve a Pumpkin
8. Enjoy a Bonfire
The fall is a great time of year to have a bonfire. Many people celebrate the autumn equinox and the changing seasons by having a bonfire. Find our favorite tips to have a fun and safe night in bonfire ideas for kids and families.
9. Take Your Camera on a Hike
My daughter and I love taking our cameras on hikes and nature walks. The autumn is an especially lovely time of year to get outside with a camera. Get outside and take pictures of all the amazing fall colors and natures seasonal sights!
10. Make a Thankful Tree
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving in the autumn or not, the fall is a great time of year to make a thankful tree.
Our daughter loves decorating trees so much we make one for every season. A Christmas tree in the winter, an Easter Tree in the spring, a butterfly tree in the summer, and a thankful tree in the fall.
11. Play in the Falling Leaves
The autumn just wouldn’t be complete without at least one romp in the leaves.
12. Bake Pumpkin Bread
Who doesn’t love baking with pumpkin in the fall? Pumpkin pies and pumpkin bread are two of the most classic pumpkin recipes, but you can use homemade pumpkin puree to make all kinds of pumpkin treats.
Have you ever made pumpkin puree from scratch? It’s super easy and adds a fresh taste to your baked goods that you just can’t get out of a can.
My family’s favorite pumpkin recipe is pumpkin cranberry bread. Try it today! I guarantee your family will clamor for its tangy sweet goodness every year just like mine does!
13. Create a Fall Nature Table
A nature table is an area in the home dedicated to nature and the natural world. Items collected in nature or natural items that represent nature are placed on the table to be learned about, played with and enjoyed.
We change our nature table every few months to reflect the season, so the items on it are added and taken away throughout the year. Learn more about our fall nature table by clicking on the link.
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14. Paint with Fall Colors
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15. Take a Hayride
Going on a hayride is another classic fall activity for the whole family. Many times you can find a pumpkin patch with a hayride so you do both activities in one fell swoop!
Check your local family resource guide or google “hayride” to find one in or near your city or town.
16. Read Books about the fall
Reading books that reflect the season is a great way to help our children learn about the natural rhythms of our planet. Check out this awesome collection of fall books for kids to see our family favorites!
17. Practice Gratitude
Autumn Activities and Crafts for the Fall Season
We hope this awesome collection of autumn activities helps you enjoy this magical season… Or, Make your own Fall Bucket List!!
Make your own Fall Bucket List!
- brainstorm some of your favorite things to do as a family–don’t forget to include a few of the ideas above!
- write them down
- share them with your family and post them in the kitchen so everyone can see
- MAKE TIME to do each one together this fall
Our hope for you us that the fall season will be full of joy and togetherness!
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