Fall is a wonderful season. It’s the time of harvest and bounty, when the Lord provides from the sowing done earlier in the year. What a great picture, right? There’s a calm and a peace about fall, when everything slows down, enters a rhythm, and moves indoors as we prepare for winter.
There is so much screen free living to do! I’ve put together 100+ Fall Activities for you, just to get you started. I’m sure you’ll get some great ideas and come up with some of your own as well.
Great Fall Resources
KLUTZ Make Your Own Mini Erasers ToyKLUTZ Make Your Own Soap Science KitKlutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft KitThe Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your ImaginationAwesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already HaveBig Bible Science: Experiment and Explore God’s WorldTicket To RideCarcassonne Big Box 2017Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and JournalingNerf Sports Football
We took our youngest two boys creeking one fall several years ago. What a fun memory! When we turn off the screens and get out there and live life, there’s so much living to do. Our kids have learned so much from God’s creation.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22, ESV
Fall Activities for Kids
- Help your kids memorize 8 Bible verses about Family with copywork and memory verse cards.
- Work on 8 more Bible verses about friendship with this Write, Color, and Memorize set.
- Learn about the 5 Solas as a family with readings, discussion, and activities.
- Go to see a play. Often the local high school will put on an affordable show late in the fall.
- Get back into the habit of reading daily with this extensive book log.
- Learn about Christian history as a family with this enormous list of Christian history books for kids.
- Celebrate Reformation Day on October 31st with this fun set of Reformation Day snacks (with printables).
- Start a new school year off by taking notes in church. The My Sermon Notebook for Kids will help.
- These are beautiful. Make leaf bowls with airdrying clay.
- Go through a corn maze.
- You can also create leaf lanterns that are quite lovely.
- Visit a local college campus and walk around. Be sure to wander into the library.
- Try out this salt crystal leaves science experiment.
- Break out the LEGOs.
- Use fall manipulatives to learn about patterns.
- Pick pumpkins. Try roasting a pumpkin or making pumpkin soup.
- Take a nature walk and make a fall mobile with your finds.
- Learn to code. Khan Academy is a great place to get started.
- Create some pointillism fall leaf art.
- Make watercolor leaves out of tissue paper.
- Paint these leaf printables and outline them with glitter for a fun celebration of fall.
- Let your kids choose some fall bulbs to plant for spring.
- Do you have teens? Give them a patch of garden to plan for flowers. Talk to them about planning color, height, perennial versus annual, and let them work!
- Or paint leaves using pinecones and a glass jar.
- Do a little chemistry while you make apple jiggly slime with your kids. Or colorful leaves fall slime. Or pumpkin slime with real pumpkin. Or cinnamon slime.
- Go horse back riding.
- Use pastels and construction paper to create joyful fall sunflowers.
- Create seed suncatchers. You could read a story about seeds to go with this, or look at the ways seeds disperse.
- Work on this fall wreath with your smaller children.
- Play football with your kids.
- Practice cursive handwriting with these fall printables. Or use these for printing.
- Print out this fall coloring book–your kids can learn to read some common fall words. You can also use these printable cards.
- Decorate a fall treat bag (or use it to collect items on your fall nature walk).
- Do some leaf printing (it doesn’t need to be in a particular shape like this is).
- Try building a scarecrow. Talk about why scarecrows are used in farmer’s fields.
- Use apples to make pumpkin stamps–then get to stamping!
- Make an autumn leaf garland.
- Go bird watching. Research what birds will be flying south for the winter. Will they be leaving your area or arriving?
- Do some fun fall Play-Doh math for littles.
- These stuffed paper bag fall crafts are a fun way to explore autumn with your elementary school kids.
- This fall leaf painting is created using bundled cotton swabs. You can help your preschooler, or let your older child work on this from start to finish.
- Make a simple fall Play-Doh tray.
- Do you have little people to occupy? Check out this fall sensory bin with practical activities.
- Spend some time learning about owls with this craft, book, and other preschool activities.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Bake some gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip muffins with your kids.
- Make some autumn play dough. Or natural cinnamon play dough.
- Play a board or card game.
- This cork autumn tree painting is a fun way to commemorate your child’s age this fall.
- Do some prewriting with leaves (or just enjoy decorating them with your older kids).
- Make popcorn and hot chocolate from scratch.
- Fold some origami fall window stars to decorate for the season.
- Work with your young kids on DIY pumpkin number lines.
- Make a handprint turkey, and give him some fun disguises. This goes with the book Turkey Trouble.
- Create a handprint turkey napkin ring.
- Work on name recognition and spelling with your young children with this alphabet pumpkin patch.
- Make this beautiful newspaper leaf garland.
- Create these easy paper leaves.
- Go apple picking. Make apple pie. And applesauce. Or apple cider.
- Do some apple stamping.
- Use old puzzle pieces to make a fall tree craft.
- This is a fun fall activity to teach preschoolers why leaves change color.
- These cute leaf people make me laugh. Make some of your own.
- Here are 5 fun things to do with hazelnuts.
- Use leaves to do “missing half” art prompts. Your child will learn a lot about symmetry.
- Go to the beach, a lake, or a creek. Talk about how it looks different in the fall.
- This owl craft is adorable.
- Check out some fun harvest themed fall activities for preschool.
- Make some fall trees with a marbled paint resist technique.
- Find out how animals prepare for winter.
- Work together with your kids to find out if pumpkins and other fall veggies float.
- Make a pumpkin volcano science experiment.
- Go to a local high school football game.
- With your little ones, make a leaf family. You may want to have them act out a skit with their leaf puppets.
- Use a sponge to paint these beautiful galaxy leaves.
- Head to a local farm and find out what they do for harvest.
- This is a fun idea. Create nature portraits. Don’t forget to take photographs!
- Or, try this take on nature portraits: leaf faces.
- Play soccer.
- Have some Mason jars lying around? Make some of these lovely fall luminaries with your older kids.
- Create autumn leaf hats together.
- Make a sensory autumn art project.
- Head out on a day trip. Let your kids plan the destination and route.
- These fun fall tree mosaics are made using salt dough and found nature objects.
- Your older kids might enjoy assembling this easy DIY fall wreath with pinecones.
- Put together this cute scarecrow frame.
- Head out on a family bike ride.
- Download this free Thanksgiving preschool activity pack.
- Make a paper plate turkey.
- I love this cute DIY pop up turkey card!
- Create a leaf lion with this free printable template.
- Jump in the leaves.
- Make a paper rosette hedgehog.
- Design your own handprint turkey shirts.
- Love birdwatching? Make these apple birdseed feeders.
- Learn about different kinds of winter squash and experiment with new dishes.
- Create these beautiful fall tree art cards with your kids.
- Decorate the house for fall with homemade decor.
- Go to a sunflower farm. If you grew sunflowers during the summer, now is the time to harvest them. You may want to spray them off really well and harvest the seeds outside. We did this one year with our oldest kids, and it was so fun. They attract silverfish, though, so don’t bring those inside!
- Roast pumpkin or sunflower seeds together. Explore different flavors.
- Use these printable leaf finger puppets to work on a substraction song.
- Make an autumn necklace with nature objects.
- This is a neat way to do leaf printing.
Take some time this fall and get your kids active and moving. The memories you build with them today will stay with them for a lifetime.
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