Cheap Fall Activities for Kids

Cheap Fall Activities for Kids

Are you searching for things to keep your kids busy for fall? It can be hard sometimes to keep kids busy learning and having fun. But you can either keep them busy or they’ll keep you busy! There’s lots of awesome, cheap fall stuff to do with kids.

Here are a few cheap fall activities I have done I have done with my kids:

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.

Cheap Fall Activities for Kids

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


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

Visit the park.

Celebrate with cheap fall activities

Sing some fall leaf songs.

Paint pumpkins or carve them.

pumpkin seeds, Cheap Fall Activities for Kids

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!

There are lots of cheap fall activities outdoors

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.

Fall is colorful

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.

Cheap or free activities for kids

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, Cheap Fall Activities for Kids

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.

Play in the mud and make mud pies.

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 your own cheap fall activities, so fun!

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. Click here for a monster cookie recipe that would be fun. 

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.

Get involved with nature for a fun, free fall activity

Learn tree identification.

Make paper airplanes from your scrap paper.

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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.


“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!

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

Green your Halloween

A Spooky and Green Halloween

Zero Waste Halloween

Eco-friendly Halloween 

How to Use your Whole Pumpkin

Simple Tips for an Eco-Friendly Halloween


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  1. Sounds like your bunch is going to have a ton of fun this fall! We don’t do Halloween either – though we do have a super duper harvest party at our church every Oct 31 – as an alternative, and it is very well attended. Some have come and returned years later with their kiddos! <3

    I'm thinking I can use some of these fun ideas for the party AND for my kiddos in Sunday school!

  2. Valerie says:

    I wanna come play at your place. Great ideas.

  3. Kristin Cook says:

    Making candied apples, carving a pumpkin, and going on a nature walk are definitely my favorites on the list. I love being outside in fall weather and I love pretty much everything that comes with fall (except Halloween). lol

  4. These are brilliant! I don’t have kids, but I’d actually be excited to do some of these activities myself!!

  5. Jenni Laplow says:

    I love the ideas! There are so many activities to do this fall for little or no money, thanks for sharing 🙂

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