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Family traditions are such an important part of our everyday lives. I like to think back on the activities that my family always participated in when I was growing up. Those fond memories have made me want to discover my own family traditions with my daughter and husband. I have come up with 6 toddler friendly fall activities that I think you and your family will enjoy just as much as we do!
1. Pumpkin Patch Adventure
Making a trip to your local pumpkin patch is a great way to get you and your kids out of the house and into the fall mood. We have a local pumpkin patch called Wild Things Farm in Pocola, OK and every year they host a fall fun season for families. Our pumpkin patch has a hayride, games, slides, and other fun family activities. Most likely you have a local pumpkin patch that host similar events and offer activities in addition to the pumpkin picking. I challenge you to take your little one this year. I think our favorite activity was the corn maze and of course picking out our pumpkins! They always have such unique varieties that differ from the typical grocery store pumpkin. Going to the pumpkin patch is an absolute fall must!
2. Pumpkin Decorating
Carving pumpkins is an all-time favorite fall activity in our household. But now that we have a toddler we have learned to adjust to her needs. I would recommend getting some non-toxic finger paints and double you decorating time as sensory play! If you want to skip the mess but still decorate a pumpkin you can grab a pack of pumpkin decorating stickers here!
3. Baking for Fall
Yes, your toddler can help! Will it be messy? Probably! Which is why an apron is an absolute must have! You can get the cutest little mommy and me apron set here.
Why is baking a great fall activity for your toddler? For one it’s great sensory play. You can give your little one a spoon or spatula and have her help stir. Not only is it great for sensory play but it’s also great for developing a healthy relationship with food. Experts recommend that you involve your children in preparing meals to help them learn to try new foods. Have her help you stir and of course taste test at the end! This gets your little one interested in tasting all of the new fall flavors.
Here is an easy recipe for yummy 2-ingredient pumpkin muffins that even your toddler will enjoy making!
4. Family Hike
Fall is one of the best seasons for hiking. Not only do you get to enjoy the cooler weather, but you also get to enjoy the changing scenery. If you are new to hiking, I suggest that you research your area to find the most suitable trails for your comfort level. I downloaded the app called AllTrails a few months ago and I find it really handy especially if you are travelling to a new area. The app allows you to search for trails near you. It also lists the difficulty level, length of the trail, and the estimated time it would take for you to complete the hike.
My top hiking essentials are: a stroller if it’s a paved walking path, snacks, water, baby carrier, comfy shoes, and of course bug repellant. (This is my favorite because it is 100% natural essential oils!)
5. Leaf Pile Fun
Sometimes a simple and free activity can lead to some of the best memories! Toddlers need sensory play and a great way to incorporate the fall season into sensory play is by making a huge pile of leaves! You can hide toys in the pile to add to the excitement. Tell your little one that there is treasure to find and I’m sure they will jump right in! Join in on the fun mama and show your toddler how to jump in the pile of leaves and throw them into the air. I give you full permission to enjoy playing in the leaves as much as your toddler does.
6. Leaf Print Arts and Crafts
You can collect leaves from your backyard and make colorful leaf prints with just a few arts and crafts supplies found here. You can do this one of two ways. The first option is to paint the leave and then press the leaf, painted side down, onto a black piece of paper and repeat as desired! The second option is to place a leaf beneath a piece of plain white paper. Use the side of a crayon to gently rub over the leaf until you begin to see the imprint!
I hope you enjoy some of these toddler friendly fun fall activities. Do you think family traditions are important? If you and your family enjoy a different Fall themed activity then the ones mentioned let me know in the comments!