Ah fall! The leaves are turning color and falling off the trees and the air is brisk. It’s a great time to go outside and enjoy all the energy the season brings.
If you are looking to get out of the house on a fall day, there are plenty of family friendly things you can do to make the most of your time. Most of these won’t even require you to leave your own backyard.
Read on to find out more about what you can when you are looking to take in the atmosphere this fall.
- These activities are a great way to pass the time.
- These activities are safe.
- I have participated in these activities with friends, family and children and have found them to be safe and entertaining.
Make a Leaf Mural
Gathering leaves is a great fall activity. Once you have gathered leaves there is so much you can do with them. One thing you can do is to make a leaf mural.
You can make leaf murals with contact paper. Put your contact paper sticky side up and stick it to your garage using painter’s tape. Press the leaves directly on the sticky surface of your contact paper to make a beautiful mural.
Alternately, you can also press the leaves into an album that you can keep for many years.
Make a Leaf Obstacle Course
Raking leaves is a great way to keep your lawn looking nice, but before you toss those leaves away, there is so much you can do with them! One idea is to make a leaf obstacle course.
Use your leaves to outline an obstacle course track. Then you can use more leaves to create little stacks that players can jump over. You can also use tires and other objects around the house to make the course more interesting.
The person who can get through the course in the least amount of time in the winner.
Fall is football season and you can celebrate by playing your own game of football.
Most people who are interested in playing football will already know the basic idea of the game. In any case, the strategy is to carry the ball from the starting point to the end zone without getting tackled. The game can be a lot of fun when there are soft leaves to fall into.
Pumpkins and fall go hand in hand. Both Halloween and Thanksgiving are great seasons for carving and displaying pumpkins.
Carving pumpkins is a great activity to do outdoors because you don’t have to worry so much about making a mess. Here are the basic steps you will want to take.
- Draw your design on the pumpkin
- Draw the lid
- Cut out the lid (use a serrated knife and cut at a 45 degree angle)
- Remove the insides
- Cut out the design
- Light up by putting a candle inside
Be sure to set the pumpkin seeds aside so you can roast them later!
Make Leaf Jewelry
Children will love gathering leaves so they can make leaf jewelry.
If you have an old, plastic bangle bracelet, you can go around its edges with double sided tape. Then give the bracelet to your child. They can collect leaves and stick them directly on the bracelet.
When they are done, they will have a lovely nature piece that they can wear all day.
Leaf Tug of War
Tug of war is a fun game to play during any season. It can be especially fun in autumn when there are leaves to fall on.
Tug of war is played by dividing your group into teams of two. Ideally, both teams will have the same number of people that are roughly equal in weight.
Teams pull at opposite sides of the rope until one team becomes too tired to pull anymore. When this happens, the more resilient team will end up pulling the other team down to the ground.
Teams should surround themselves with plenty of leaves so they can fall into a soft and comfortable cushion.
If you have a children’s slide in your backyard, you can make sliding down it even more fun by putting a pile of leaves at the bottom. Children will love landing into the colorful pile!
Stuff a Scarecrow
A scarecrow makes a great Halloween decoration but it can be fun year round. The fall is a great time for making a scarecrow because there are plenty of leaves to stuff it with.
You can make a scarecrow in a variety of ways but it is best to start with an old broom. The bottom of the broom can be planted into the ground and the top can be made into the scarecrow’s face.
Stuff an old pair of jeans and a flannel shirt with leaves so they will have shape when you put them on the broom. Put the scarecrow in your yard to keep those birds away, as well as a few neighbors!
The brisk weather and lovely scenery of the fall makes it a great time to go exploring. It’s the perfect time of year for a nature walk.
To make your walk even more interesting, make a list of things you want to collect on your walk. These could be a certain color leaf, a specific rock or insect or anything that can be found in nature. Tick off these items or collect them as you see them.
Make a Scavenger Hunt
All the leaves on the ground during the fall provide the perfect cover for hiding items in a scavenger hunt. Make up clever clues so you and your friends, children and relatives can tax their brains trying to find the items they have hidden. You can even offer a prize to the winning team or the player that is able to collect the most items.
Hopefully these outdoor activities will help make your fall more fun. Which of these will you be doing in your community?
Hi, I’m JD (Big Daddy). After I became a lawyer and ran a successful law practise for a while, I became interested in blogging, developing new technology for the law, playing in the outdoors and taking lots of vacations. I still spend time being a lawyer, but I’m trying to pursue my other passions, and I’d like to document all my fun in various blogs.