Spending more time indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic? While some typical things to do outdoors in the fall may be modified or canceled entirely, you can still take part in many of your favorite autumnal activities. So let’s talk about 5 fall outdoor activities that the whole family can do together!
Raking leaves is one annual activity that doesn’t typically move the excitement needle, but there are plenty of other ideas for fall outdoor activities! See below…
Fall-Inspired Scavenger Hunt
Get everyone in your family outdoors and moving with a nature scavenger hunt. Make it fall-themed by collecting colorful leaves and pinecones and having your kids look for quintessential fall sights like migrating birds or pumpkins. For anything collected, you can extend the fun by making nature crafts when you get home (I love painting twigs and making hanging wall art out of them).
Make a Nature Art Project
The same items you picked up on the scavenger hunt can be used as art supplies. Put them out, along with paper, paint, and glue, and see what your child creates! Leaves are especially versatile – show your child the different things you can do with them, like using crayons to create leaf rubbings, tracing them onto paper, or creating a nature collage.
Pick Apples at an Orchard
Picking apples at our local orchard is one of our family’s favorite fall activities for kids! Even someone whose not partial to apples would enjoy this activity — just be sure to wash those apples before diving in at home!
Match the Tree Game
One of my favorite outdoor educational activities is this tree-leaf matching game. All you have to do is gather a variety of leaves from your local park or neighborhood. Challenge your children to see how many different shapes and sizes of leaves they can find. Once you have a variety, it’s up to the kids to match the leaf with the type of tree it came from. They’ll have fun while learning more about their natural environment!
Go for a Bike Ride
The weather is still nice enough for long outdoor afternoons and Fall is the perfect time to explore a new bike trail. Riding a bike not only improves physical fitness, but it also benefits your child’s learning development and mental health. Credit to Run Wild My Child blog for some great tips for biking with kids.
Did these ideas help you? Is there an idea that you recommend for fall outdoor family activities? I’d love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, for more family-fun ideas, be sure to check out Inspiring Motivational Health Tips. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul newsletter to receive more great blog tips straight to your inbox each Friday.