It is officially fall! And like the colorful leaves outside, we happily welcome the new season’s many activities that are great for the entire family! This is a great creative time for our littles to really express themselves, try something new, and enjoy those delicious apples that you picked at the local orchard! From painted paper leaves to a tasty dessert, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few fun fall activities you and your kids will love:  

• Handprint Leaf: What kid doesn’t love getting messy, especially when they have permission to! Making handprint leaves lets your kids play around in paint creating beautiful pieces that you can hang up afterward. You’ll need paint of any color, but for leaves go with red, orange, yellow, and green. You’ll also need a paintbrush and 12×12 scrapbook paper. If you want a little something extra you can add in a mini calendar, a song, or a poem. Your little one can paint their hand with the paintbrush or you can pour out a little bit onto a plate or separate piece of paper and let them dip their hands in. Their handprint will become the leaf.

child painting

• Painted Paper Leaves: This is another painting activity because so much character and knowledge comes from mixing colors together. In this one your little one will be painting paper leaves instead of their handprint being the leaf, they will be paint paper leaves. For this one, you’ll need paper leaves that you cut out yourself, paintbrushes, and either watercolor paints or tempera paints. If you’re using normal paints, your little one will have a fun time fingerpainting too.

• Visit An Apple Orchard: One of our favorite outdoor activities is to pick your own apples. Not only do you get to experience the fall season with the delicious scent of an apple orchard, but these apples are fresh and ready to be made into pies, snacks, and more! 

apple trees

• A Family Bike Ride In The Fall Foliage: A great way to get exercise and fresh air with the family! Get out and hit the open trails with the kids. There are so many around our area that are paved and easy enough for training wheels or beginners. 

apple pie filling with ice cream

• Warm Apples & Ice Cream: This one isn’t a craft, but it’s a fun snack to have with the family after a fun day at the apple orchard Your kids can even help you make it by measuring out the ingredients and such.

  • You’ll need:
    • 4 green apples, large
    • 2 tbsp butter
    • 3 tbsp brown sugar
    • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    • A pinch of ground cloves
    • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
    • Whipped cream (optional)
    • Grated nutmeg (optional)
  • The directions are pretty simple, but it has a wonderful taste!
    • Take a medium skillet and preheat over medium to medium-high heat.
    • For all 4 apples, peel, quarter, and core the apples. After that, slice them up into smaller pieces.
    • Melt the butter in the skillet and add in the apples.
    • For about 7-8 minutes saute the apples before adding the sugar cinnamon, and cloves. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
    • In a dessert dish, spoon the sauteed apples in. Top it with the ice cream, whipped cream, and nutmeg.