Check out these great, fun and cheap autumn activities for you and your family to enjoy:
Apple cider is its best during autumn, and when heated it makes a wonderful hot beverage to warm little bellies up after they've been playing in crisp weather.
Bundle up, as the weather is getting colder. Just to be silly, have a contest to see how many layers of clothes your kids can put on at a time. Prizes can also be given for how quickly they get their extra clothes on and off.
Corn roasts can be particularly wonderful in early autumn when conducted with fresh sweet corn over a barbecue grill.
Drive to a place where trees are plentiful, just to observe the turning of the leaves.
Every autumn, some birds fly south for the winter. Notice what types of birds live near you and look up whether they migrate or stay put. See if you recognize any other kinds of birds in transit, like Canada geese.
Figure out how many days there are in autumn by counting the days on the calendar between the first day of autumn and the first day of winter.
Go on a nature hike at a state park, and bring along some popcorn and warm apple cider in a thermos.
Hay-rides are often sponsored by nearby farms or community groups. Look for one and join in the fun.
In the mornings during autumn, you can often see your breath when you walk outside. Help your kids look up why this happens and ask them to explain it to you.
Jump in piles of raked leaves, but make sure the rake is somewhere else first.
Kandy Korn is a favorite autumn candy. Fill a large jar with Kandy Korn and have your kids guess the number of pieces in the jar. You will have to count them beforehand and keep people from eating any.
Leaf rubbings can be made with a crayon and a piece of paper placed over a leaf. The leaves you make can then be decorated and hung up as an autumn decoration as well as a teaching tool for helping your children learn the difference between different types of leaves.
Make pumpkin loaves with your kids to give to grandparents, teachers or others as a wonderful autumn treat. Those of you who don't bake well can fool everyone with boxed mix.
Nobody likes a spoilsport. Many sports are active during autumn, so take your children to a local school's sporting event, like a basketball or football game. Cheer for a team and explain the object and rules of the game.
Oranges, reds and browns are prevalent during autumn. Call out one of the color names and have your kids make a list of everything they can think of which is that color. The child with the most things on their list wins.
Potatoes are incredibly versatile. Make a list with your kids of every way you can think of to cook a potato, and then have them help you prepare potatoes in each way down the list.
Quite appropriate also is to make lists together of sights, sounds and smells associated with autumn and help each child develop their list into a poem that can be read to their class at school or before Thanksgiving dinner.
Read your kids a spooky story like "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "The Telltale Heart" or a Goosebumps book. Then you can make puppets and act out the story for grandparents.
Scarecrows can be silly or scary. Build a scarecrow with your kids out of household items and put it in the yard.
Turn all your clocks back one hour on the appropriate day, and explain to your kids why we have daylight savings time. Ask them to figure out whether you get one hour more of sleep or one hour less of sleep during the autumn.
Use strips of colored construction paper to weave interesting placemats for Thanksgiving dinner.
Very soon it will be Halloween. Have your kids draw pictures of what costume they'd like to wear this year, or have them cut out pictures from magazines and make a collage of Halloween-themed things.
Weathervanes are often depicted on the tops of farmhouses or barns. Find a weathervane near where you live, point it out to the kids and explain why it's there. Then with tape, scissors, tin foil, cut up pizza boxes and cardboard rolls that come from paper towels, try to make one together.
X-amine the animals around where you live and see how their behavior changes with the seasons. Make a list of the animals you see and how they prepare for and endure colder weather.
You could make garlands for your outside trees by stringing together popcorn, cranberries or paper designs. You could also make birdfeeder ornaments by putting peanut butter on pinecones and hanging them up. This way, you'll help the birds and squirrels prepare for winter as well as have fun decorating trees.
Zzzzzzz. When the weather is cold outside, it is blissful and relaxing to hide under a big comforter and take an afternoon nap with your kids.
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