10 Fun Fall Activities in Your Backyard

by Alissa Marquess on August 30, 2013

One day the air changes – something shifts and you can feel it.  Autumn is arriving.  The gorgeous colors and spicy aromas of fall mean this is a time full of opportunities for making family memories.

10 Fun Fall Activities for Your Family

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1. Jar Pets 2. Leaf Rainbow 3. Backyard Science (Playful Learning) 4. Applesauce and the 5 Senses 5. Fairy Houses (Amazon) 6. Leaf Labyrinth 7. Birdseed Cookies 8. Nature Display (Playful Learning) 9. Great Backyard Bird Count 10. Dinner on a Stick (Amazon) Image Map


1. Jar Pets - Study nature from your backyard up close.  My kids enjoy making drawings of the bugs we keep temporarily.

2. Leaf Rainbow - Enjoy the colors of fall while you search for color.

3. Backyard Science (Playful Learning) - This Playful Learning activity pack is full of family play ideas like making a “sound map” in your back yard,  and includes printables and short online videos to explain each activity to the kids.

4. Applesauce and the 5 Senses - Simple and satisfying.  My kids especially love using a hand crank apple peeler and of course, eating the treat they’ve prepared.

5. Fairy Houses (Amazon, book) – My kids love the Fairy Houses book I’ve linked to here.  It tells a story about a child visiting a beautiful forest and making a fairy house.  It gives ideas for making one each season. Fallen leaves and seeds are perfect for backyard fairy house building!

6. Leaf Labyrinth - A labyrinth has one path to follow.  Your fallen leaves offer the perfect easy to use medium for making your own yard labyrinth to walk with the kids.

7.  Birdseed Cookies - Make these simple birdseed cookies and feed your feathered friends!

8. Nature Display (Playful Learning) - Go on a walk or backyard explore, and then show off the beautiful fall nature items you’ve found.  I like the suggestions to use various containers for display and take a photo of items you need to leave in nature.

9. Great Backyard Bird Count – Birdwatching is an activity the whole family can enjoy.  We grab our notebooks and colored pencils to try and draw the birds we see.  A regional bird identification book will help you identify the birds in your yard.

10. Dinner on a Stick (Amazon, book)-  My family loves to make a fire in out patio fire pit and cook dinner on a stick.  The nip in the fall air makes for perfect snuggling weather while we watch the flames.

 

What are you looking forward to doing with your family this fall?

4 comments
Creative With Kids
Creative With Kids

Awww! Nicole Morkert Hashimoto Yeah, as much as I get a bit sad to see summer go, I have things I love each season.

Nicole Morkert Hashimoto
Nicole Morkert Hashimoto

I miss seasons, and this is funny but true, my daughter's friend was doing a printout color book from her preschool last summer. Each page was the same tree, but the instructions differed as to color it for each season. Bless her Maui heart, every tree was full of green leaves...

Natalie
Natalie

Great ideas. I pinned your suggestions for our "start of fall" week...

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