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
Enjoy a piping bowl of chili 2 of 10
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
Eat cake doughnuts. 4 of 10
Nothing says "fall" like a moist, slightly-sweet doughnut...especially when accompanied by apple juice or cider!
Go apple picking. 5 of 10
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
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
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
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
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
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.