Changing Seasons: 5 Fun Activities for Fall
Where DID summer go? I’ve blinked and fall is here.
I have the same thoughts when I think about my kiddo’s development (first time she rolled over, first time she sat up, first tooth, first steps, etc.). In the moment, I thought the age and stage would be here forever. Then, I blinked and it was gone. A new stage is here.
At times, it is hard for me to embrace change, whether it is the change of seasons or the next stage of development. To me, it’s bittersweet.
As fall settles in and it seems that cooler days are here to stay, I’m adjusting my attitude to embrace this change. The great thing about fall fun? No matter what your little one’s age and stage, getting out and enjoying this season is an easy and accessible (cheap!) way for your child (and you) to play, learn, and have some family fun.
What fall fun are you and your little one planning? Need ideas?
First off, find a pumpkin patch. (Don’t forget the camera to capture the moment.) For your little one? The sensory experience of exploring the size, shape, and texture is perfect for infants and young toddlers. Encourage your little one to touch, climb (as long as the owner of the patch doesn't seem to mind), and explore the pumpkins. Take time to explore bales of straw, colorful mums, apple cider (not too much for little tummies), and apple fritters.
Now that you have the pumpkin, carve it. I am not advocating for putting a sharp object in your little one's hands. Little hands can help with scooping the guts out of a pumpkin and can be part of a yearly family tradition. Looking for an alternative for carving? Buy washable, non-toxic tempera paint and let your little one paint a masterpiece on a pumpkin. Don't worry about the product (if you are worried about the finished look, make one yourself once your kiddo has gone to sleep!). Always remember, it is the process of exploring with arts materials that your little one benefits from.
Next up, find a local metro park and take a walk in the woods. Tykes are portable. Your adventure doesn’t have to be long or elaborate. If you have a toddler, slow down. Let them walk and pick up nuts, leaves, and sticks. Let them look at the bugs that crawl along. One of the amazing things about having children is seeing the world through their eyes!
Finally, find some leaves. If you're lucky enough to be in an area of the country where leaves fall from the trees, rake them up and explore the pile. Lay in them (don’t forget the camera), jump in them, crinkle them, and see what else your little one does with them. Looking to get some yard work done? Don't underestimate your little one. It's worth a small investment to purchase a few child-size yard tools (rake, shovel). Our kiddos may slow down the pace a little when it comes to getting work done, but they can also make it a lot more fun.
Fall fun. I am warming up to the idea of embracing this change. What about you?