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Cheap Fall Activities for Kids

Many times of the year can stump you for ideas of things to keep your kids busy learning and having fun. Don’t forget all the cool and awesome fall stuff there is to do with kids.

Here are a few that I have done or am planning to do with my kids this fall:

Collecting leaves (you can iron them between waxed paper and it will coat them with enough wax so they won’t get brittle and make art with them such as leaf garland).


Make fall suncatchers with this retro craft

Make leaf collages or leaf glitter.

Make a leaf tree

Learn about composting.

Make stamps from pumpkins and stamp paint.

pumpkin stamping

Visit to a fire station or have a fire truck come to your daycare.

Read.

Visit to a police station or have a police car brought to your daycare.

Visit the park.

Sing some fall leaf songs.

Paint pumpkins or carve them.

pumpkin seeds

Call the health department and ask if they have someone that can come and talk to the kids. In my town, they will send a dental hygienist to teach the kids about brushing their teeth!

Rake a pile of leaves and jump in it!

Visit an ambulance station or have an ambulance brought to your daycare.

Make leaf rubbings with paper over a leaf and then draw with a crayon.

Have an art party.

Have a teddy bear picnic?

Make caramel apples.

Have a sports day and learn a sport or celebrate one the kids like.

See if the library has a story time person that comes out, ours does!

Make the kids a fall ice tower and let them excavate it. So many science lessons in this. 

Have a color day every day of the week. Everyone can wear that color and you can do an art project using it too.

Bob for apples.

Save up your empty boxes, paper towel tubes, and empty cans and bottles that are washed out and let kids create instruments, castles, houses, buildings, roads for cars, tunnels for cars, tall stacks, or whatever their minds can create to make with them.

Churn homemade butter from cream.

Puzzles, even homemade. Let them draw a picture and then cut it into puzzle shapes so they can put it back together.

Make homemade mini books.

Make a seed collage with dried corn seeds that you take off the cob or other seeds you have saved.

Have a tea party.

Play Hide and Seek, Ring Around the Rosie, Duck, Duck, Goose, or Simon says.

Visit a pet store.

Make applesauce or apple cider.

kids cutting apples for applesauce

Play house.

Play school.

Decorate the front door.

Rent a movie or books from the library or attend their story hour program.

Make up a play.

Put on a puppet show.

Make a scavenger hunt for them to hunt outside (for very little kids, you can make the list of what to find from pictures so they can match a rock to a picture of a rock, etc.) Here’s a fun one! 

Build a fort.

Do some upcycling projects. 

Have a picnic inside.

Dress up.

Make slime or playdough in fall colors. Here’s even a recipe for one and a scavenger hunt for it. I spy playdough style. 

Here is another playdough that is cinnamon scented! Fun sensory experience.

Thumb wrestle.

Make up jokes.

Play restaurant or store.

Make bird feeders.

Play with balloons.

Make stick horses and ride them. You could even put on a rodeo.

Play I Spy.

Read a story and act it out.

Read a story and do an activity inspired by it like “Give a Mouse a Cookie” and then make cookies.

Bird watch.

Watch bugs under a magnifying glass, (study entomology)

Play tic tac toe.

Let the kids cook lunch or snack. Check out the blog for tons of kid friendly recipes we have cooked.

Get the kids in the kitchen for sensory experiences. 

Take a nature walk.

Make discovery bottles with fall items.

Make a collage with nature items you find.

Learn tree identification.

Make paper airplanes from your scrap paper.

Play Twister.

Rent a movie and have popcorn.

Have a pillow fight.

Write letters to grandparents.

Play card games or dominoes.

Play board games.

Build with blocks.

Play at the mall.

Play hide and seek.

Color.

“Camp” in the back yard.

Go bowling.

Make up an obstacle course.

Make up songs.

Have a dance party.

If you use your imagination, there is no limit to what you can come up with that your kids will think is tons of fun. Think about the fall season and what is available for less at that time. Halloween stuff can be bought and used after Halloween is over. It’s a great time to get cheap dress up clothes! Apples and pumpkins are much less expensive when they are in season in the fall. Think about how to get free and inexpensive materials. You can do a lot with a little when you use your imagination!

Check out these other great FALL ideas from some other bloggers:

7 Ways to Repurpose Leaves

DIY Vintage Fall Decorations

Don’t forget to pin for later!

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Scrumptious Apple Crisp

 

 

At Little Sprouts we’ve been exploring apples for the last few weeks.  Each family brought a couple of apples a while back and we used them for sorting, counting, color recognition, and all kinds of math activities.  We also did a taste comparison with the different kind of apples and charted our results.  As our apple discovery is winding down, we used the rest of our apples to make a Scrumptious Apple Crisp. 


Even though someone recently called me psychotic for letting the kids cut apples, I again gave them butter knives to cut the apples  into pieces.  No toddlers were harmed in the making of this recipe! 

cutting apples for pie

cutting apples

cutting pie apples

After all the apples were cut up, the kids placed them in our bowl.

apple pie making

Next we mixed sugar and flour with the apples for the filling of the crisp.  We use raw sugar in our recipes, that’s why the sugar is brown.

cooking with kids

stirring apple pie

apple crisp filling

After the apples were coated and poured into the baking dish, we mixed the crumble topping in the same bowl.  On a side note, you could add some cinnamon or pie spices to this mix.  I do not because I am allergic to cinnamon, even the smell.

crumble topping

For the crumble topping we mixed old fashioned rolled oats, whole wheat flour, and butter together and poured it on top of the fruit mixture.

stirring

butter for crisp topping

stirring apple crisp topping

cooking with kids apple crisp

cooking apple crisp with kids

apple crisp cooking with kids

After we baked our Scrumptious Apple Crisp, we enjoyed it for lunch.  It was amazing!  Kids LOVE cooking and they LOVE eating things they cooked themselves.

Scrumptious Apple Crisp
Crust-less apple pie with crumb topping.
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For filling
  1. 7 assorted apples
  2. 1/3 cup raw sugar
  3. 2 T. whole wheat flour
For topping
  1. 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  3. 1/3 cup raw sugar
  4. 1/2 stick butter cut into small cubes
Instructions
  1. Slice apples into small pieces. Add sugar and flour and mix well.
  2. Pour into deep baking dish.
  3. Mix oats, flour, sugar, and butter until butter is fully coated.
  4. Pour topping over apple mixture.
  5. Bake at 375 for at least an hour or until apple filling is bubbly and top is browned.
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