Fall is perhaps the best time of the year to make memories with the family. There are so many things to choose from and because of that, some of my favorite family photos are from moments that happen in the fall. Toddlers, in particular, are so much fun in the during this time of the year because their sensory needs are high and the desire to explore is growing. When you combine that with leaves changing colors and crunching under their feet, the world becomes a giant playground and every moments becomes magical.
I’ve put together at list of 21 things to do with toddlers in the fall because I don’t want you sitting inside all season long when there is so much to do outside. Sometimes, all you need is a little extra motivation to get going and to make those moments happen. Hope you enjoy!
Below is a list of 21 things to do with toddlers in the fall that are sure to bring smiles to your little one
for more ways to play outside check out this post on 100 ways to play outside.
- Paint Pumpkins
- Before becoming a parent I never understood the point of painting pumpkins but now I’m stocking up on the little ones. My kids have a blast doing this each and every year! All you need is some paint, a paint brush, and a small pumpkin. There isn’t anything else to it but the kids will think they’ve created a masterpiece.
- Collect Leaves
- When was the last time you stopped to look at the leaves? Did you know that there are so many different types? Your toddler is bound to love looking at all the different types and colors!
- Collect Pinecones
- Don’t let leaves have all the fun. Go collect pinecones. Young hands aren’t used to this and your child will enjoy the challenge of picking up pine cones without being pricked. Show them that they come in different sizes and how some are open, while others appear to be closed.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch
- This is a photo moment if there ever was one. Grab your camera and stand back, your child will know exactly what to do.
- Bake Cookies
- Unlike the pumpkin patch, this is not the time to sit on the sidelines. Let your kids help you bake cookies but be sure to teach proper kitchen procedures because early childhood learning is something that will stay with them forever.
- Decorate Cookies
- Do you like a messy challenge? If so then you can sit back and let the tots do all the work. Trying to be a Pinterest® master? Well, that may have to happen later in life when the kids are older but yummy cookies don’t have to be pretty cookies. Then again, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
- Jump in a Pile of Leaves
- What is it that’s so entertaining about this? I have no idea but I know kids love it!
- Eat Caramel Apples
- As a kid, I loved these things. Heck, even as an adult I could eat my weight in caramel apples!
- Go to the Fair
- Going to the fair for a child is completely different than going to the fair as an adult. Expect late night crying and loads of tantrums but also know that the lights and rides will be exciting.
- Go on a Hay Ride
- Got a pickup truck or know someone with a trailer? You’ll be going the top speed of a snail but your toddler will think this is the best rollercoaster in town.
- Tell “Spooky” Stories
- Monsters and spooky pumpkin faces are all it takes to freak a little one out. Be sure to mix some silly into the spooky so your tots know it’s all fun and games. Perhaps you can even let them tell the spooky story.
- Make Masks Out of Paper Plates
- This is a great learning activity for children as well. They get to color and draw whatever comes to their imagination and depending on their age this could be a great time to work on scissor skills. *be cautious
- Create Handprint Turkeys
- Don’t let this season and age escape without creating some good ole fashion handprint turkeys. It’s a classic.
- Make Smores Around a Campfire *be cautious
- Speaking of classics, make smores!
- Roast Marshmallows *be cautious
- Got a child with allergies? Roast up some plain marshmallows, it’ll be just as fun.
- Drink Hot Cocoa *be cautious
- Who needs a fire outside when you can sit next to a fire inside and sip on some hot cocoa? Your tot won’t want the hot cocoa to actually be hot but they will find drinking chocolate from a cup to be the best idea you’ve ever had.
- Make Pinecone Birdfeeders
- This is yet again, another classic and it’s a great way to use those pine cones you collected.
- Carve a Pumpkin
- Now, you might be thinking “duh! of course, I’m going to carve a pumpkin!” but then again you could also be thinking “my kid won’t remember carving a pumpkin at this age” in which case, you’ll opt out. Don’t! Carve a pumpkin and let your young toddler explore the texture that’s inside.
- Apple Bobbin * be cautious
- O, what fun! Your little guy may end up soaking wet from head to toe so if it’s cold outside be sure to have a spare outfit handy but don’t let the wet cold combo keep him from having a blast.
- Paint With Leaves
- Remember those leaves you collected? Remember that paint you bought? Now is a great time to combine the two for yet another fun filled evening. Paint the leaves or dip them in paint and let the kids create another masterpiece. Maybe you’ll even love this one so much that you’ll frame it to hang up in your hallway.
- Read a Book While Snuggled In Blankets
- Sometimes the best memories aren’t the ones that seem to be the greatest. Sometimes, the greatest memories are the smallest of all.
What are you waiting for? Go grab you camera and toddler and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!