Looking for some fun things to do with your toddler this fall? Make sure you’re getting the most out of the season with these fall activities for toddlers!
I admit it: I am one of those people. Mid-August rolls around and my mind jumps to pumpkins and leaves and plaid. I love fall. Ever since we started dating I have been asking Alex where we can move that is fall 50% of the year and the cooler end of summer the other 50%. Apparently, it doesn’t exist, but I still hold hope.
While the cooler weather is nice, the true reason I adore fall is just the feel and excitement of the season – there is always something to do and there are traditions galore between back to school and Thanksgiving. Each year I try to pace my excitement, but it’s nearly impossible when every store you walk into is decked out in the gorgeous colors of fall, pumpkins, and ghoulies all over.
Yesterday, we were able to check off one of my favorite fall traditions, apple picking!
I’ve said it before, but one of my favorite parts about having children is passing on traditions and creating our own. Each year I get more and more excited for the holidays since I know that any day Ryan is going to start really getting it and it will be so. much. fun.
My list of ‘must-do’s for fall each year is about a mile long, and this year is no exception. I want to take the boys to do all of the fun things fall has to offer, and I want to make sure I don’t forget a single one!
That’s why I put together this fun little Fall Bucket List for toddlers printable for fall activities with toddlers! It has all of the ‘can’t miss’ experiences that go hand and hand with fall plus check marks to make sure you don’t miss one, but none of the activities that are ‘big kid only’. That being said, while it says ‘for toddlers’ on it, the checklist obviously can be used for older kids (or just adults!) – the list simply doesn’t include items that would be too old for a toddler, such as a haunted house.
Fall Activities for Toddlers
Make sure you grab the fall bucket list from the link above to keep track of all of the fun your family will have this season! Here are some of my favorite fall activities for toddlers.
The best thing, in my opinion, to do in the fall is to go pumpkin picking. Toddler or not, pumpkin picking is the epitome of fall activities. Pick out a local farm and head out for a full day. Choose a family farm with extra amenities – corn mazes, animals, and cider – and you’ll have the chance to knock a few extras off your fall bucket list. The kids will love running around and enjoying everything the farm has to offer and you’ll love all of the photo ops!
Jump in a Pile of Leaves
Where we live, it’s completely surrounded by trees and forest meaning that when fall hits, the leaves come and don’t stop. We find ourselves raking every single week. Rake all of the leaves into a big old pile for a favorite fall activities for toddlers – jumping in leaves! When they’re done, have them help out in throwing the leaves into the lawn bags.
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
One of my personal favorite fall activities for toddlers, carve a pumpkin open and have your kids help you clean them off before adding the clean seeds and seasonings to an airtight container. Toddlers will love shaking the container and helping to lay them into a single layer before roasting. Be careful with actually feeding them to your kiddos though – it really depends on the toddlers age, teeth, and eating skills to determine if roasted pumpkin seeds are a choking hazard to your child.
Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Let your toddler outside and choose a pine cone for this next fall activity for toddlers. (Use the backyard I spy printable to make it even more fun!) Either let your little spread nut butter or seed butter over the pine cone and then roll in bird seed. Add a string and hang outside where you and your toddler can watch birds and squirrels enjoy!
Go Apple Picking
If it’s early fall and you’re looking for some fall activities for toddlers, head to an apple orchard! Show your toddler where their food comes from, let them munch on an apple and grab them off trees, and take some pretty pictures. When you get home, turn those apples into apple sauce, pie, or just enjoy sliced with your kiddo.
Make a Turkey Hand Print
Is there anything more Thanksgiving than a hand turkey? These kind of fall activities for toddlers are usually the easiest but will be the kind that you’ll treasure as time goes on. Trace your littles hand and either paint it or let them go crazy with markers to make a fun turkey. If you’re extra brave, try painting their hand and pressing into the paper.
Decorate a Pumpkin
As Halloween approaches, time to decorate pumpkins is here! With a toddler it’s a little more difficult since carving isn’t the safest and observing isn’t usually much fun for a toddler, but there are tons of ways to get around that. Have them paint a pumpkin, color with a marker, or use any of the fun pumpkin decorating kits available these days.
So tell me – do you live for fall? What’s on your fall bucket list? What are your favorites fall activities with toddlers? Let me know in the comments!
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