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9 Simple Ways to Celebrate Fall With Kids

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Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year: from the crisp weather to the smell of crunching leaves, I love it all. It’s also a great time to enjoy nature with your kids, and the sweetest pleasures of fall can be both simple and inexpensive.

Here are 9  easy ways to enjoy the season and celebrate fall with your kids:

  • 9 Simple Ways to Celebrate Fall with Kids 1 of 10
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  • Enjoy a piping bowl of chili 2 of 10
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    In our house you know fall has "officially" arrived when I start serving chili for dinner (and soups, and stews.) Not only is it an easy, leftover-friendly way to feed a family, but chili warms you from the inside-out on a cool day. 

  • Make an easy craft 3 of 10
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    Let the colors and textures of autumn inspire a simple activity, like this falling leaves craft for kids

    image: Sarah Stewart Holland

  • Eat cake doughnuts. 4 of 10
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    Nothing says "fall" like a moist, slightly-sweet doughnut...especially when accompanied by apple juice or cider!

  • Go apple picking. 5 of 10
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    U-pick farms let you get apples for your fruit bowl the fun way, and even little kids can join in.

  • Get lost in the corn. 6 of 10
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    Corn mazes are a staple of the Midwest, but they can be found in other areas of the country, too. Forget your GPS — to get out of a corn maze you'll have to rely on your memory, your intuition and a few clues. Or you can just wander around until you accidentally find the exit. (My boys look grumpy in this picture because we were about to leave!)

  • Ride on the hay 7 of 10
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    At a U-pick farm, apple orchard or pumpkin patch near you! Kids love riding on bales of hay behind a horse or tractor. 

  • Create a simple seasonal display 8 of 10
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    Let the kids help you arrange pumpkins, gourds and seasonal decor in a prominent place in your house. You can leave it up for months and just make little changes as the weather turns. 

    image: Sarah Powers

  • Go to a football game 9 of 10
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    High-school football is a big deal in our little town, so we make a point of going to a game or two each year. My boys really get into it!

  • Visit the pumpkin patch 10 of 10
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    Sure, you can buy your pumpkins at the supermarket — but it's way more fun to get them from the pumpkin patch! (and you'll find more interesting varieties, like the gray pumpkin above.) It doesn't have to be an all-day affair, either. We drive down a country road until we see a roadside stand or small pumpkin farm, and just pull over. 

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