10 Fun Fall Activities to Keep Your Little Ones Busy!

10 Fun Fall Activities to keep your little ones busy

By Contributor Kristen LaValley

How is it fall already? This has been such a crazy year for our family. In March, when I was 20 weeks pregnant, we resigned our youth pastoring position in New York and moved to Tennessee. It was so crazy. My two year old son did not do well with the transition so we basically spent all summer trying to get him on a schedule again and sleeping through the night again.

After a crazy experience trying to find health care and a place to have my baby, our second little boy was born in July.  Since then, time has just FLOWN. I don’t even know how it’s possible that summer is over. But now here we are. FALL. It’s a good thing I love everything about this season. The leggings, the scarves, the colors, the boots, and can we just pumpkin spice all the things?? Cause seriously, though. The only thing that gets me down is that when the  temperature starts dropping, I run out of ways to entertain my extremely hyper active two year old. You can only do so many coloring pages and folder games, am I right? So, for your sanity and mine, I’ve put together a list of ways to keep your crazy kids entertained and enjoying this beautiful and chilly season.

1. Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt.

I made a simple guide on my computer using pictures of a pinecone, an acorn, a flower, a tree, a rock, grass, etc. and printed it out for my son. He loves looking at the pictures, finding the item, and then putting it in his basket. If you’re not computer savvy that way, you can find free printables online, but you don’t need one. Just take your kids outside and say “Go find a acorn!” It works the same way.

2. Take a trip to the library. 

It’s free and it’s easy. That’s a perfect date to me. Find out when your library has events, or just take the kids on a chilly day to get some books and movies.

3.  Make leaf art. 

Did you collect leaves on your scavenger hunt? Bring them inside and set up a table with paint, paper and paper plates. Put a little paint on the paper plate and show your little ones how to dip the leaf in the paint and use it as a stamp to paint all over the paper.

4. Paint a pumpkin.

I love buying little toddler sized pumpkins for my son to paint. We’ve done it two years in a row now. Sometimes I’ll paint the pumpkin white first, to make it an easier canvas, but whatever way you want to do it will be fun.

5. Obstacle course

The only limit to what you can do is your imagination! Cater to your children’s ages and motor skill sets. For the little ones, set up a stool for them to jump off of into a big pile of leaves, or have them zig zag through a stick path. If you have older kids, make things a little more complicated, but always end with a pile of leaves!

6. Fossil dig

Get a package of dog bones from the dollar store and bury them all over your yard. Get a couple shovels and tell your kids they have to go find the dinosaur fossils! You can give them clues or a map or just them find them on their own.

7.  Fall sensory box

This is something you can do will kids of all ages, but is really great with babies that have started to experiment with touch. Take a box or plastic container and fill it with corn kernels, dry beans, apples, pine cones, mini pumpkins and acorns. Put a few utensils in the box so they can scoop and pour and mix.

8. Make handprint turkeys

Remember doing this in pre-school? You can find all kinds of different tutorials online on how to make the turkeys, but basic requirements are hands, paint, and paper!

9. Treasure Hunt

On days that are just too chilly to go outside, try this keep ’em busy activity. Take a streamer and tie one end to your child’s favorite toy and wind the streamer out all over the house, then give your child the other end. He has to follow the streamer up and  over and down and across all kinds of things to get to the other end where his “treasure” is.

10. Couch slide

Here’s another “Oh no way am I going outside today” activity. This has got to be the SIMPLEST activity ever. Take a leaf out of your dining room table (if you don’t have a table with leaves, a book shelf will work too) and lean it up against the couch. Cushion the bottom with blankets and put something behind the leaf to keep it from sliding onto the floor. And now you have a couch slide! Seriously, this thing keeps my kid entertained for a LONG time.

I hope these help you entertain your kids this season. Or at least this week! What fun fall activities do you like to do with your kids? Do you have any family traditions?

Kristen is a stay at home mom to one deliciously chunky baby boy and one hilariously clever two year old living in East Tennessee. She chronicles her adventures in cloth diapering, parenting, faith, and insane toddler antics at www.whenathome.com

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30 responses to “10 Fun Fall Activities to Keep Your Little Ones Busy!”

  1. Rachel Nyin — September 30, 2013 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Sophia — September 30, 2013 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    Love the treasure hunt idea 🙂

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  3. Carolyn — September 30, 2013 @ 6:31 pm (#)

    Fantastic ideas! I needed some help in this department 🙂

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    • Kristen LaValley — October 3rd, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

      Don’t we all? Haha. You can never have too many activities.

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  4. Regina Partain — September 30, 2013 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    There are some great ideas here. I love the couch slide and the archeological expedition with the bones in the back yard. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Kristen LaValley — October 3rd, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

      My son LOVES digging in the dirt for things. We have fun. 🙂

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  5. Cher H. — September 30, 2013 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    I love the leaf art and pumpkin painting! I’m going to try those!

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    • Kristen LaValley — October 3rd, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

      We did leaf painting this week. It was … messy. Ha! But fun!

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  6. Jeannie — October 1, 2013 @ 7:09 am (#)

    Love the couch slide play! I just did some leaf art with the kids on Friday since it’s been so dreary in Vancouver lately. I love how much they love their own art and is so proud of it .

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    • Kristen LaValley — October 3rd, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

      The couch slide is great for dreary days too. Sometimes I get in on the fun too. Hope the sun comes out for you!

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  7. Stephanie @ From the Burbs to the Boonies — October 2, 2013 @ 9:07 am (#)

    I love the idea of the couch slide. I have never heard of such a thing. My kiddo is too old for it now, but I wish I would have known! Also love the scavenger hunt. I have that on my to-do list with my 7yo for the next few weeks. Our go-to fall activity is nature walks. We hoof it all over town 🙂

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  8. Sweta Kanguri Sonulkar — October 2, 2013 @ 9:12 am (#)

    Lovely and fun activities to keep all family members busy this fall.

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  9. Kim-Tram — October 6, 2013 @ 12:26 am (#)

    i love that there’s no playing with ipad included on this list. yay for active activities 🙂

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  10. jessica s — October 10, 2013 @ 7:17 am (#)

    awesome ideas!

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  11. loriag — October 11, 2013 @ 5:26 am (#)

    Love your ideas, taking them on an adventure and digging fossils is a wonderful idea.

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  12. jessica s — October 14, 2013 @ 6:23 am (#)

    fun ideas, I’m not the most creative person but these sound easy enough, even for me!

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  13. amy lovell — October 14, 2013 @ 9:31 am (#)

    what a grEAT idea! I will def be trying out the couch slide!

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  14. tasha may — October 15, 2013 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    Very awesome, thanks for the great activity ideas I will MOST definitely be trying some of these with my son! =)

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  15. courtney b — October 18, 2013 @ 8:30 pm (#)

    we’ve been working on the pumpkin idea lately.. its cheap and a great idea right before Halloween that’s safe and can be crafty!

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  16. Michelle F. — October 21, 2013 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    love the idea of painting a pumpkin instead of carving one.

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  17. Kimberly Carroll — November 11, 2013 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    Thank you for the great article on fun fall activities I can’t wait to do leaf art with the little ones!

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  18. Elva Roberts — September 20, 2014 @ 4:18 pm (#)

    (Fun Fall Activities.) No.1-Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt.

    This sounds like so much fun. I think I would like it as much as the little ones. I love the idea of pictures of the items on the hunt. Let’s go!!

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  19. Elva Roberts — September 22, 2014 @ 12:05 pm (#)

    Fun fall activities with your toddler–Take your child to the library.
    Everytime I visit the library, I notice the parents and small chidlren there. The children seem to love the place and picking out books for themselves. I noticed that they have computers with games on them for small children and the child seemed completely engrossed in playing them.
    I firmly believe there are fewer gifts that you can pass on to your child than a love of reading.

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  20. Elva Roberts — September 23, 2014 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    10 Fun Fall Activites-Paint a Pumpkin–This is a wonderful idea. I have never thought of having my children paint small pumpkins. I know they would have loved it.

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  21. Elva Roberts — September 24, 2014 @ 9:54 am (#)

    10 Fun Fall Actities-have a Sensory Box–This sounds like fun for little ones. I have one stipulation- if you have a baby who puts everything-i mean, everything in his/her mouth, do not include them or omit this activity or you will have to have 911 on speed dial!-speaking from experience!

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  22. Elva Roberts — September 26, 2014 @ 3:52 pm (#)

    10 Fun Fall activities-Couch Slide.–My eldest granddaughter loved to do this -take pillows off couches and do whatever with them.
    Thirty some years later, my little great grandson liked to do the same thing and he
    ‘ perfected’ the slide. These two were the only children I knew who loved to do this and thought of it themselves and they both enjoyed it immensely.

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  23. kathy downey — November 20, 2015 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    The Treasure hunt is a neat idea

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