As fall arrives and seasons change, it’s time to begin to think about planning activities for your children to enjoy. Working parents will find that it makes sense to schedule events for your child to enjoy both with you and with their caregiver, so that no matter what their daily routine, there’s something special for the season that they can enjoy.
If you’re coming up short for ideas for autumn activities, consider the following:
Bake Autumn Themed Treats
One enjoyable part of the fall season approaching is preparing to enjoy autumn themed treats with your family. Whether you prefer to plan to bake cookies from scratch, schedule a baking activity with your child’s caregiver, or pick up some frozen pie shells and pie filling to create a semi-homemade treat, your children are sure to love spending time in the kitchen. Allow them to participate in the process as much as is age-appropriate, so that they can be truly proud of the finished results as they share them with family members and friends.
Create Greeting Cards for Family Members
If your children enjoy art projects, consider planning a date for them to create greeting cards that you can then send to family members. Whether you’re celebrating Halloween, the Harvest Season, Thanksgiving or Autumn in general, they’re sure to love drawing and painting items that can then be the center of attention. Even small children can finger paint pictures that can then be cut into shapes and added to greeting cards or included with the card itself.
Enjoy a Local Fall Festival
There are often a variety of autumn festivals that occur throughout the season. Depending on your region, these may range from historical heritage based festivals to gatherings celebrating the harvest of specific crops. Take a look at your local calendar to see what’s coming up near you, then schedule a trip for your child to a museum, farm, or festival. They’re sure to enjoy the chance to get outdoors and see all the seasonal elements that your region has to offer.
Watch Holiday Themed Films
There are numerous movies that were created for children with fall themes or fall holiday themes. Consider scheduling time for your family to pop some popcorn or have another special snack, then curl up with one of these movies. Over time, you may find that you’ve created a new tradition that your family is able to enjoy year after year. This is a simple way to welcome autumn, no matter the weather outside.
Enjoy a Read Aloud and a Warm Beverage
Fall is the perfect time for planning your favorite read aloud story with your children. Whether you’ll be reading at bedtime or having your nanny read in the afternoon, story time together is a great way to boost vocabulary and improve your child’s reading skills from a young age. Consider adding in a cup of decaf tea, hot chocolate, or warm apple cider in a grown-up to go cup (with a lid) to make the experience a bit more special for your child.
Memorable family moments can happen all on their own, but sometimes they also need a little advance planning. With these tips, you can set up some activities for your children to enjoy throughout the season, so that you’ll have key events throughout the fall that are already planned. Then you can relax and enjoy other activities as they come, knowing that it’s all well organized.