School is back in session and while it’s still warm and not quite sweater weather here in NorCal, it has us sorta kinda dreaming of Autumn. Our family is on a mission to keep things simple and there’s no way in the world that we’d do everything on this list (best of luck to you if you’d like to try, however!). But! It is nice to have it handy as a reminder of what’s possible, so we can “apple-pick” some favorites to get us into the Fall spirit.
High on my list this year? Last year we trekked out to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville for u-pick apples, famous apple pie, and unbelievable apple cider. Definitely going back! We’re also popping corn straight off the cob because it’s just spectacular, enjoy pumpkin spice coffee (just for me, not the kids!), donate to a food bank, roast s’mores in the fire pit, and paint on leaves.
What’s on your list?
Some of the items on this list are TinkerLab projects or projects from well-loved blogs. I’ll add links to those below. Most of all, if you like having a handy list for the fridge, you can download this list as a printable PDF (totally free). Scroll on down for that…
50 Family Fall Activities
Fall List Activity Links
Make Pumpkin Pie Play Dough: Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Playdough
Paint a Pumpkin: If you’d like to do something with a pumpkin besides carve it, try painting a pumpkin in any color. Be sure to use the paint recommended in this recipe!
Pop Corn from a Cob: While we all know how to pop corn in a bag, have you ever tried popping a cob? It can be done! How to Make Popcorn from a Cob. So easy!
Make Apple Prints: How to Set up an Apple Printing Station
Try making an Acorn Craft: Make Acorn Animals
Roast Pumpkin Seeds: Because you’re cooking pumpkin anyway, you really can’t go wrong with roasting up the seeds.
Make Glycerin Leaves: It can be hard to keep treasured leaves around for too long due to them turning brittle in days. Try this recipe to preserve your leaves in glycerin.
Create a Thankful List: Here’s a fun example of how my little one dictated her gratitude to me while I typed it up on the typewriter!
Construct an Autumn Wreath: Leaves and permanent markers help this pretty wreath come together.
Make a Pie: Try this Freezer-ready Chicken Pot Pie
Would you like a printable version of this list? Click here to get the PDF.