Outdoor Fall Fun for Kids
Crisp, cool weather, falling leaves, a gorgeous landscape of orange and gold and Halloween lurking just around the corner. Fall has arrived with all its magic and with so many fun things to do in the garden kids will soon forget about summer and fall in love with fall. So here are ten tips to make fall a magical time for kids:
1. Fall is a wonderful time to talk to kids about leaves, their different shapes and colors; you could play a matching game and see if they can match the fallen leaves with the right tree.
2. If you want to bring the outdoors indoors just bring some leaves indoors and make some fall art. Use the leaves in a collage, all you need is paper (construction is sturdier and brightly colored,) glue and you are in business. Have little hands glue the leaves to the paper to make a fall scene all their own.
3. Give kids wax paper and a crayon, then place a nice fresh leaf (a dry one will just crumble) under the waxed sheet and gently rub the crayon over the body of the leaf and see the leaf come to life on the top of the paper, magic! Leaf rubbing is fun, fun, fun and a great way to bring the garden inside on chillier days.
4. What would fall be without a pumpkin? Carving a pumpkin has to be top on any kids list for Halloween fun and fun it shall be from start to finish. Yet it can be educational too and teaching your kids about helping the environment and not wasting the earth’s resources need not be dreary, here’s how to make it thrilling:
5. Let the kids pick out their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and not the store. Talk to them about how pumpkins are grown or take a tour of a working pumpkin farm; some farms will let you ride out to the area where the pumpkins are grown and pick a pumpkin from the earth, incredibly cool.
6. Carving pumpkins is a blast and brings out the kid in the most grown up of grownups. Get creative, be safe and make it a fun, family affair that will always be remembered.
7. After you have finished carving, wash the pumpkin seeds, shake them with salt and a drizzle olive oil over them and bake them in the oven. The end result will be frighteningly yummy.
8. You could bake a pumpkin pie with the flesh of the carved pumpkin, a fall favorite for young and old alike.
9. Lastly, when Halloween has scared its last victim, cut up the pumpkin and have the kids add it to the composter or leave it out for the squirrels to munch on. Either way the kids will see how one fruit ( yes, a pumpkin is the world’s biggest berry) can be used from start to finish.
10. Finally after all that fun it is time for a little work, but work can be fun too. You know that there is nothing quite as enticing as a pile of fallen leaves for a child; the urge to jump, kick and dive into them is something instinctive. But before they begin playing in the leaves get those little gardening hands on a pint sized rake and let them help rake them up. Kids will soon realize that outdoor work can be giant amounts of fun too.
So scare up some outdoor fun for the kids and October will soon be filled with all the joys of fall.