It’s here – the start of fall! Last week, we said goodbye to the heat and humidity of summer – and I, for one, am loving it! Of course, that could be due to the fact that I live in a 100 year old house with no central air…;)
In honor of the change in seasons, we’re spotlighting 5 fun fall-themed activities that you and your baby or toddler can enjoy at home. They are easy, they are kid-friendly, and best of all – they are free!
5 Fun (And Free!) Fall Activities for Babies and Toddlers
1. Read a fall-themed book.
There are loads of adorable fall board books to choose from. Here are my personal favorites:
- Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin (I love all the Duck & Goose books!)
- The Busy Little Squirrel (Nancy Tafuri’s illustrations are the best)
- Welcome Fall!
Don’t want to buy the books? Check them out at your local library.
2. Make fall-themed food.
One of my favorite things about fall is the food. Apples, pumpkins, cinnamon-flavored everything – I love it all! Toddlers can pitch in and help you prepare each recipe. And while your baby will not be able to help you prepare any of these dishes, he will surely enjoy helping you eat them! Some kid-friendly fall recipes to try include:
- Homemade Applesauce I make this a lot in the fall, and my kids gobble it up! Double or triple the recipe to make bigger batches, and be sure to use cooking apples, like Granny Smith; they tend to hold their texture and flavor during cooking better than other varieties.
- Pumpkin Bread This is my go-to pumpkin recipe! This bread freezes great; make extra to pass on to neighbors and friends!
- Molasses Cookies These are one of my fall favorites. They’re basic cookies with big, big flavor. And they’re nice and soft, making them a perfect treat for your baby.
3. Paint a pumpkin.
Your little one is still to young to take part in pumpkin carving, but pumpkin painting? With plenty of supervision, your baby or toddler may be able to try that herself! Choose small pumpkins, and make sure any paint you use in non-toxic. Baby too young to paint? That’s okay; paint one for her, and let her watch. Then, display your pumpkins in a spot that’s out of your baby or toddler’s reach, but that she can see easily see.
Photo credit: In Lieu of Preschool.
4. Rake (and play in!) the leaves.
Raking leaves does not have to be all work and no play – not if you get your baby or toddler involved! Toddlers can help in the raking and piling. If your baby is able to sit unsupported, set him on a blanket outside and let him watch as you rake. Once you get a nice pile, let your baby sit in it and enjoy the look and texture of the leaves. Just be sure to supervise closely.
5. Try apple stamping.
This is another fun painting activity. Cut an apple in half, dip it in paint, and then stamp it onto a surface. Toddlers will be able to do the dipping and stamping, and older babies will (with your help) enjoy stamping. For more information on apple stamping, check out this easy tutorial.
Photo credit: Wikihow.
What fall activities are you looking forward to enjoying with your baby or toddler?
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