Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Bucket List 2015 70 fun family ideas

We LOVE fall and we are so excited to get started on our Fall Bucket List! I hope that you can also enjoy these ideas with your family to have a wonderfully fun fall season this year. There are a few Halloween and Thanksgiving things on this big Fall Bucket List of ours, but there is obviously tons more crafts and treats to make for those two holidays and they will probably get their own posts later on. Also, keep checking back because we will be coming up with a lot more fun fall things and posting about them as fall goes on as well.

1. Go apple picking.

2. Take a nature walk and collect leaves to preserve into a leaf book.

3. Take a hayride, we get one at the place we go apple picking.

4. Make an adorable leaf sun catcher from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

5. Attend fall themed programs at your local library, we've already been to one about leaves.

6. Make pumpkin ice cream.

7. Take an educational field trip to a cider mill.

8. Make acorn hand prints from Crafty Morning.

9. Of course go to the pumpkin patch, take pictures, buy pumpkins and gourds.

10. Paint pumpkins.

11. Carve pumpkins.

12. Host a Halloween party.

13. Make an autumn sensory bin like this one from Sow Sprout Play, we have everything on hand already for this bin, can't wait to make it!  

14. Get family pictures taken outside.

15. Teach your children why the leaves change colors.

16. Rake leaves or collect them in a kiddie pool for "swimming" in like we did once.

17. Do a hay maze or corn maze.

18. Make smores.

19. Bake an apple pie.

20. Make pumpkin pie play dough.

21. Donate food to a food bank and/or volunteer.

22. Do a trunk-or-treat.

23. Make homemade applesauce.

24. Have pumpkin waffles.

25. Have pumpkin pancakes.

26. Have pumpkin muffins.

27. Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

28. Play football, teach your kids the basics.

29. Sensory play with the insides of a pumpkin.

30. Watch Halloween movies.

31. Have a candy apple making night, there's tons of recipes out there and cute things to try! You could even just set out apples, caramel, and some toppings of your choice like a candy apple bar.

32. Make hand print turkeys.

33. Do this 1st Thanksgiving Time Line activity from No Time For Flashcards with your kids. We did it last year and will definitely do it again, it was so educational and helps kids understand the meaning behind the holiday.

34. Teach your kids the life cycle of a pumpkin. There are simple books about it at the library, and a couple years ago I printed out this great printable on it.

35. Make a few amazing fall themed bento boxes like these from Meet the Dubiens for your kids. Bento is so much fun, if you don't have a Laptop Lunch Box for your kids definitely look into it.

36. Teach your children all about apples, make sure they know all the parts. A couple years ago we did a poster board about the differences between the outside and inside of an apple and labeled the parts.

37. Zoo/petting zoo near you Halloween event.

38. Study Johnny Appleseed.

39. Do leaf rubbings.

40. Go to a kid friendly haunted house.

41. Go horseback riding.

42. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon.

43. Make hand print scarecrows like Crafty Morning.

44. Make a haunted gingerbread house like the Dating Divas. I love this idea, would be a great date or for the whole family. Kids will love this too!

45. Find a recipe you like for a tomato pumpkin soup and make it. I made one last year that was delicious.

46. Get some apple cider and see if your kids like it, or if you go to Trader Joe's don't miss out on the Cinnamon Pear Cider, my daughter's favorite fall drink.

47. Make pumpkin pie parfaits with this Weelicious recipe.

48. Make this adorable fall tree craft from Crafty Morning, they do a lot of cute stuff obviously!

49. Bake pumpkin snickerdoodles with this Cooking Classy recipe. 

50. Make a list of fall vocabulary/spelling words for your kids, study them, have a test.

51. Paint a pumpkin like a globe, very educational.

52. Making this pumpkin spice lattee oobleck is a must for us every year, from Learn Play Imagine.

53. Make a thankful tree or something similar. Last year I made a tissue box look like a turkey and we put in a little slip of paper with something we were thankful for each day and looked at them on Thanksgiving. I plan to keep this tradition going every year.

54. Make a pumpkin patch small world for your kids to play in. I've made one before, but it was inspired by this one from Buggy and Buddy. 

55. Take a hike.

56. Make corn cob dolls like The Magic Onions.

57. Roast pumpkin seeds.

58. Have your kids draw pictures of the fall changes and document weather in their nature journals.

59. Have a fun chili night at home or take it to the park in thermoses.

60. Make a pine cone bird feeder.

61. Read or tell spooky stories.

62. Do candy corn mani/pedis with your daughter, of course!

63. Go to a fall festival.

64. Donate clothes to charity.

65. Bob for apples.

66. Do a homeschool unit on fire safety, tour a fire station with a group of friends and kids as a field trip.

67. Make football cupcakes like Project Domestication.

68. Volunteer at a nursing home.

69. Have a family cuddle night outside stargazing.

70. Make a scarecrow.

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