There’s something a little magical about fall. The crisp air, the golden leaves, and of course pumpkin spice everything. Fall is the perfect time to create precious memories with your little ones. If you’re a new mum, there can be a lot of fall activities buzzing around your head. After all, there are so many adorable things to do with babies and toddlers in autumn, it can be hard to choose! I’ve put together a bucket list of family-friendly activities that will make this upcoming fall season truly unforgettable.
No fall bucket list is complete without some outdoor fun! These are some of my favorite fall activities to do outdoors:
- Apple Picking: If you’re near an apple orchard, apple picking is an absolute fall must. Orchards often have cleared paths that can be stroller-friendly and your little ones will love picking their own fruit while still in your arms! Apple orchards have events in the fall season with treats, activities for the kids, and more! Since orchards are in rural locations, make sure you have everything you need for the drive to and from the location before you head out!
- Pumpkin Patch: Of course, everything in life is not about photo ops, but I just can’t help myself near a pumpkin patch! I’ve taken some of my all time favorite pictures of my babies at a local pumpkin patch and those are memories I’ll treasure forever. Pumpkin patch trips are also a great way to encourage your kids’ creativity by letting them choose their own pumpkins and brainstorming unique carving (or painting for smaller kiddos!) designs.
- Backyard Camping: We love our renovated RV, and I’ve had a dream for a long time of setting up a warm fire in our backyard and having a “camping trip” with our girls. This is a great way to experience the peacefulness of a camping trip while still being near a clean bathroom and a changing table. It might seem simple, but these kinds of activities are so great for family bonding and creating lasting memories.
Cozy Days Indoors
One of my favorite things about fall is the transition from the summer heat to the cozy fall atmosphere. These are some great indoor activities to add to your fall bucket list:
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt: This is a great indoor activity that doesn’t take a ton of crafting and doesn’t create a mess! If you’ve got toddlers like me, you can just have a list of clues on your phone and read them to your babies at each step of the treasure hunt! I like to show them the “treasure” they’re trying to find (a favorite toy or treat), and then help them understand the game by telling them it will be hidden, but I’ll give them hints to help them find it! It’s a great way for toddlers to work on critical thinking while still having a lot of fun.
- Family Movie Night: We are big on movie night in my house, and the fall is a great time to cuddle up under blankets and watch a great family movie. I like to involve my toddlers in the process by getting their input on the movie or snacks. The only hard part of family movie night is trying not to fall asleep!
Learning and Growing
When you’re raising toddlers, their learning and development is critical. They’re soaking up so much knowledge all at once. Autumn is a great time to plan activities that help build critical thinking, problem solving, and knowledge! These are some educational activities to add to your fall bucket list:
- Colour Walk: Nature is changing so much in the fall! There are so many colours and things to see outside. Take a walk in your neighbourhood or a local park and collect items that have unique colours! You can set a goal at the beginning (i.e., find something for every colour of the rainbow), or you can just have fun finding different coloured objects. I like to take an empty egg carton along with me so my babies can take little leaves or rocks back to our house.
- Baby Book Club: It’s really important to me that my kiddos love to read and listen to stories. Even though they’re not old enough to read on their own, it’s not too early for them to appreciate reading time! I like to set up a playdate and request that the other little ones bring their favorite bedtime story. The mommas take turn reading the stories and the little ones listen. Be patient – this can be chaotic at first! However, it’s a great way to teach listening skills, an appreciation for reading, patience, and build that longer attention span.
Fall is a time of transition, reflection, and gratitude. I hope this fall bucket list helps you and your family embrace the magic of the season while creating wonderful memories. So, gather your little ones, step into your coziest sweaters, and enjoy this incredible season!
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