30 Fun Activities To Try This Fall

30 Activities to Enjoy this Fall
Need ideas for your Fall Bucket List, here are 30

This year fall begins on September 22nd , but I prefer to start my fall celebrating on Sept. 1st. If you read my last post, you know now that fall is by far is my favorite season and I am starting a new family tradition this year. Yes, it’s still August, but I am so excited to have a fun filled fall with Big and Little.  Keeping reading for my list of fall themed fun activities!

I have seen Fall Bucket Lists online boasting  50 to 100 activities, which is great, but that stresses me out a little bit.  So I am going to stick to 30 activities. There are 91 days between September 1st and December 1st (the day I get my Christmas decorations out), I think 30 activities seem reasonable and achievable for us.

Some of my activities will be better suited for a specific month, so I will break the list down that way, but you can do them in any order you like. You could also create an interactive bucket list. Get my Fall Family Fun cards and the list of 30 fall activities, write the activities on the cards and place in your bucket to pull out when you need a fun fall activity, voilà, interactive bucket list.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Write your activities on your cards, put in your container and get ready for fun starting on 9.1.17

For those us who need some accountability to actually do the items on the list ( I include myself in this group),  I thought it would be fun for us to do it together.

Here is how you take part in my Fall Family Fun Bucket List:

Follow me on my Facebook page or on Instagram,

I will draw a few cards each week on Sunday and post them to IG and Facebook. If it is a recipe or craft, I will share the wonderful links . Post your pictures or share your progress in the comment section of my Facebook page or Instagram.

30 Fall Activities
30 Fun Activities to try this fall

There are so many things that make me smile when I think of fall… crunching leaves as we walk, the smell of baked goods and pumpkins.  I adore baking apple and pumpkin breads, muffins, cakes and cookies. I love watching the leaves change from green to red, orange and gold hues. My favorite fall day is when the sun is shining, but it is cool and crisp; perfect for doing a fun fall activity. Here are the activities we will be completing this coming fall.

30 Ideas for the Fall Family Fun Bucket List

September Fun Activities

  • Go apple picking; I have never done this and living in the beautiful state of Washington, it seems a little sacrilegious.
  • Create a new fall decoration
  • Take a nature walk to collect leaves
  • Try a fall kids’ craft featuring leaves
  • Make a new dessert featuring apples
  • Try a savory recipe featuring apples
  • Make homemade applesauce
  • Drink apple cider
  • Make caramel apples
  • Make an apple pie
  • Paint kindness rocks and leave them around

October Fun Activities

  • Make a new Halloween or Harvest decoration
  • Make Halloween or Harvest cards to mail to friends and family
  • Make pumpkin bread
  • Visit a pumpkin patch and take pictures
  • Try a new dessert featuring pumpkin
  • Make Halloween treat bags for the neighbor kids
  • Make popcorn balls
  • Do a kids’ craft with pumpkins
  • Watch a favorite Halloween movie I love watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with my kids. Ghostbusters and Hocus Pocus are my personal favorites.
  • Read Halloween themed books
  • Make chocolate chip pumpkin bars, this is one of my favorite desserts. Thank you, Martha!!!
  • Make roasted pumpkin seeds

November Fun Activities

  • Create a Gratitude Jar
  • Make a new Thanksgiving decoration
  • Try a new dessert recipe with cranberries
  • Have a family movie night
  • Have a pajama day
  • Test a new Thanksgiving side recipe
  • Try a savory recipe featuring pumpkin
30 Fall Bucket List Ideas
30 Fall Bucket List Ideas

Need more ideas check out my Fall Board

I think this is going to be really fun and I hope you join me!

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Cheers, Amy

Our New Fall Tradition: Fall Family Fun Bucket List

Make your own Fall Family Fun Bucket List
New Tradition: Fall Family Fun Bucket List: Make your own!

Creating traditions and making memories is one of the things I looked forward to most when I dreamed about becoming a parent. I had such fond memories of my childhood of the fun things we did every year. When thinking about traditions, I decided I would let my favorite season guide my new tradition. Fall, hands down, is my favorite season!!! (check out my fall themed mugs in my shop 😊)  I have tried to think of ways to share my love of fall with my boys, Big and Little. They are 3.5 and 18.5 months. I went to my go-to inspiration spot on the web, Pinterest. Scrolling through the fall themed pins, one pin jumped out at me and inspired me make my Fall Bucket List.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List

The Fall Bucket List on Pinterest that I found was literally a little bucket filled with different color Popsicle sticks. Each stick had a different activity written on it. I love this idea. It could make an amazing gift for a teacher or friend. It is so cute and looks like fun to make. I just have one problem, ok two, but they are so sweet and I love them to bits.

Since my kids are of the toddler and preschool age, doing this project is not in the cards for me at this moment. I have tried to do painting crafts and get Big involved, but it spirals into a mess and he is only interested in it for maybe 15 minutes and then would rather go outside. So I pinned the literal bucket list to my Fall Activities, Crafts and Recipes board on Pinterest, to save for a later day when the boys are a bit older.

Follow me on Pinterest to keep up with all the fun fall ideas I will be pinning and trying.

Looking at this bucket list and others I have seen on Pinterest, got my creative juices flowing, I could make my own “Bucket List”.  Writing down my favorite fall activities and having the boys select one is a fun way to share all the things I love about fall with Big and Little. I am really looking forward to starting my Fall Family Fun Bucket List tradition. I wanted to make my bucket list easy to create; hopefully most people already have these items at home or at work.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Use any container you have on hand and print my cute cards to make your own fall family fun bucket list.

Here is what you will need to make my Fall Family Fun Bucket List

Computer and printer with color ink
Printer paper and/or card stock
My cute Fall Family Fun PDF (sign up here to get your FREE printable) *If you already subscribe to my blog, your PDF is in your e-mail now! * There are 8 cards to a sheet, so print as many as you think you would like. I want 30 tags, so I printed 4 sheets.
-Scissors
-Glue and Tape: only needed if you are gluing printer paper to card stock and decorating your container
-Pen
-Some kind of container (I am using an empty Costco nut jar), but a cup, basket or bowl would work well too. If you want to decorate your container, using washi tape or scrapbook paper could also be cute, but if you don’t have time for that this season, use a cup or bowl or basket.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List Supplies
You probably already have many of the supplies needed to make my Fall Family Fun Bucket List.

How I made my Fall Family Fun cards and “bucket”

1. Sign-up to get my Fall Family Fun cards,  print and cut them out.  I glued mine to some shiny copper brown card stock to give the printer paper more stability.  Then I cut them out with a thin border. Cards are done, easy right? Now, if you print onto white card stock, you could skip the gluing step. Print and cut, you are done with your cards.
2. If you are using a container you want to decorate, then decorate however you please, or select your cup, bowl, or basket that you will be using to hold your cards.
3. Write one fun fall activity you would like to do on each of your cards and then add to your container. If you need activity ideas, stay tuned, that is my next blog post and I will share 30 fun fall ideas with you!!!!

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Write your activities on your cards, put in your container and get ready for fun starting on September 1st

Now you are ready to start celebrating all the fun things fall has to offer. Starting September 1st, Big and Little each pull out a card and we will then complete the activities sometime that week. I will post the crafts and recipes we plan to make to my Facebook page and post our progress to my Instagram.

If you do not have time to make the cards this season, you can follow along and take part in my Fall Family Fun Bucket list activities.

Participate with me in my Fall Family Fun Bucket List activities

Follow me on my Facebook page  or on Instagram
Post your pictures and share your progress in the comment section of my Facebook page or share on Instagram using #discoveringwhimsyfallfun

Hope you join me in this new fall tradition!!!

Fall Interactive Bucket List
Choose your own fall adventure; make your own interactive bucket list

Cheers,
Amy

5 Favorite Summer Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

5 Fun Summer Activities for your Toddler and Preschooler

Longer days, BBQs and better weather. Summer is such a fun time, and there are so many activities for kids to do.  I have fond memories of running around outside, eating Otter pops and playing with my brother and sister. Now I have two busy little boys. Big is 3.5 years old and Little is 17 months old. Little has been walking since 11 months old, so he is trying really hard to keep up with Big, especially when we are outside. Now that summer is here, we get outside multiple times a day. Since we are getting outside so much,  I need to have lots of fun activities to keep these little guys busy. Here are the 5 activities that both boys gravitate to again and again and these things keep them entertained for 30 minutes to an hour. That is an eternity in toddler/preschooler time!!

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5 of our Favorite Summer Activities

1. Water Play

We love the water and sand table, my mom and dad bought Big two years ago. It perfect height for preschoolers and toddlers, and my boys are on the taller side. It comes with an umbrella, two little boats, pots and bridges. We even used the table in garage for Big’s construction theme birthday filled with trucks and homemade moon sand. Here is the one we have, but I think a plastic bin could work perfectly too.

My mom also bought them some foam water blasters. They love these things!  They water flowers, squirt each other and me and have the best time counting down to blast off. Here is an option for a water blaster, but I also found some at Target and a craft store, so they are pretty easy to find.

The last water activity is one on our Summer Bucket List, Water Beads. I had never heard of  Water Beads, until I read a post written by one of the Mom bloggers I follow. On her site, Little Bit of Learning, Laura wrote a post about Amazing Sensory Activities Using Water Beads and I was hooked. They look like so much fun. We will be getting some beads for this summer. She also has a great post about Top 5  Water and Sensory Tables, if you are trying to decide which on might be a good fit for your kiddos.

Fun with our water table and water blasters

2. Push and Pull toys

They love anything you can push or pull around. Little loves to drag around a broom. Big did the same when he was Little’s age. I found the broom at Target.  I’ve also had great luck finding gently used outdoor toys on OfferUp. I bought a gently used John Deere Dump Truck and a Bubble Mower. Here are some similar ones,  dump truck comes with blocks and a driver  and Bubble Mower.

John Deere Truck and Bubble Mower

3. Bubbles

My boys love bubbles, we have quite a few bubble wands. The bubble wands are cheap and easy to find. The Bubble Mower is the best of both worlds! They both really love chasing the bubbles around. Really, what is more whimsical than a child chasing bubbles?

4. Chalk

I love sidewalk chalk since it is reasonably priced, you can find it pretty much anywhere and both boys love using it.  For Little, it helps with his fine motor skills.  For Big,  we are using it to teach letters, numbers and get some wiggles out. Check out My Summer Activities board, I have pinned some amazing chalk drawings examples.

 

 

5. Nature or Neighborhood Walk

We love going on walks and seeing what the boys notice. The other day Big was noticing all the numbers on the mail boxes. Big can make it on a 40-60 minute walk, but Little can’t make it that long. We have a wagon that we love for our neighborhood walks. I found a great wagon on OfferUp. It has cup holders and an umbrella. The wagon was a life-saver at the zoo! Here is a wagon, like the one we have.

For the nature walks, we use a baby pack, the wagon would not work very well on the bark trails in our neighborhood. The baby pack we have is made for hiking, it is really light weight, has tons of storage, and a  sunshade. It is on the expensive side, but it has been worth every penny. This is the newer model of the pack we have.

Walks made easy with a wagon or pack.

These are our basic summer activities, but if you are looking for activities for preschool to elementary ages  check out my blogger friend Amanda’s post on the Essentials for Summer Fun on her website, JasperandWillow .  She lists her favorite summer toys for the preschool to elementary aged kids. My favorite items on her list is the trampoline water park toy and the eco water balloons which she makes herself, so cool! She also has an awesome post about a  summer bucket list  with the whole family in mind.

Hopefully my list and the ideas of my blogging friends will give you some ideas fun activities to try this summer!

Cheers,

Amy