The weather may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean you and your toddler can’t have heaps of fun this fall. In fact, it’s potentially the best time of the year to get out and explore the wondrous marvels of nature.
If you need a little inspiration, below you’ll discover some of the top things to do with your toddler this fall. There’s a range of indoor and outdoor fall-based activities featured on the list. So, whatever the weather, there’s something you and your little one can enjoy.
1. Leaves And Pinecone Fun
Sometimes it’s the simple things which keep toddler’s entertained. Autumn is a magical season and it’s best known for its colorful, falling leaves. Toddlers LOVE leaves! So, what better way to enjoy the season than heading out with your toddler and taking part in leave-based activities?
It could be something as simple as jumping in piles of leaves. Don’t see any piles? Create one yourself! You’ll be amazed just how much your little one enjoys this simple activity. They could spend literally hours jumping in and out of a leaf pile.
You could also collect leaves and use them for craft activities at home. Or, simply see how many different types of leaves you can both collect and then use it as an education activity. You can teach your toddler more about the different leaves and also help them to identify the different colors. You could also expand this activity to include the collection of pinecones – something else you’ll find in abundance during the fall.
2. Create A Pinecone Bird Feeder
Following on from the tip above, you could use the pinecones you collect to make a pinecone bird feeder. Not only does this give you and your toddler a great indoor activity to complete together, but it also provides hours of entertainment after it’s been made. Your little one will enjoy watching the different birds come to feed on something they’ve made.
It’s worth noting the pinecones should be quite large in order for this idea to work. As well as pinecones, you’ll also need either suet or peanut butter, thumb tacks, popsicle sticks, birdseed, a mixing bowl, scissors and natural string. You can find full instructions here.
3. Play Dress Up
Dress Up is a very popular toddler activity and it can be done all year round. If you want to make it appropriate to fall, get creative and dress up as fall based items. If dressing up as a pumpkin or pinecone doesn’t sound very appealing, you could always just use fall colors as your theme instead. This is another fantastic idea for those colder, wetter days where you’re stuck indoors.
4. The Autumn Color Game
One fall inspired game which has become really popular over the years is the color game. You basically give your toddler a color and their job is to see how many things they can spot of the same color while out on a walk.
You could head to your local park, or even just play the game in your backyard. Your toddler will have plenty of fun using their detective skills to identify the color they’ve been given. Of course, it also helps with their color association skills so it’s educational yet fun.
To make this activity even more exciting for your little one, you can also give them a toddler-friendly digital camera and get them to take pictures of the things which match the color they’re looking out for. Then, you can both enjoy looking at the pictures when you get home.
5. Head To An Apple Orchard
If you’re lucky enough to live near an apple orchard, it’s a great place to take your toddler during the fall. Not only will they get to see the beautiful apple trees, but they can also have plenty of fun running through the orchard, as well as picking apples.
You could even use the apples you collect to create a delicious apple pie or crumble when you get home. This idea can also be turned into an annual tradition, making memories which your little one will take with them throughout their adulthood.
6. Create A Fall Wreath
While wreaths are typically associated with Christmas time, they can also make a beautiful decoration during the fall. Your toddler will really enjoy helping you to create a fall inspired wreath. You could even set up a wreath-making station to make the activity even more exciting.
The equipment you’ll need isn’t expensive so it’s a good activity to do for those on a budget. You’ll need paper plates, tissue paper, sequins, fall inspired stickers, fabric leaves, pom poms, fall colored paper, buttons, white glue and a ribbon. It sounds like a lot, but you can pick everything up really cheap from a craft store or even online.
7. Create A Pumpkin Scented Sensory Bin
In previous blogs, we’ve discussed how important sensory play is for toddler development. It’s also something they absolutely adore. So, creating an autumn sensory activity is the perfect way to enjoy the new season with your little one.
There’s a lot of sensory activities you can create for your toddler in fall, but this pumpkin scented sensory bin is by far one of the best. You don’t need a lot of materials for this activity either which is a major advantage for those looking for budget-friendly ideas. All you need is pumpkin spice, white rice, hand sanitizer, a plastic container, and some liquid food coloring. You can see how to create the sensory bin here.
Once complete, your toddler will love the scent and feel of the rice. You could also give them a little plastic scoop so they can scoop the rice up and place it into a separate container.
8. Bobbing Apples (The Toddler Friendly Way)
Bobbing for apples is a classic fall game, but the original version isn’t exactly toddler friendly. So, you can tweak it a little so that the apples are grabbed with tongs, rather than the mouth.
Using tongs to select the apples won’t be easy for your toddler but they’ll love the challenge! They’ll also feel a great sense of pride when they do manage to grab one (likely with a little help from you!).
Once they’ve grabbed an apple, why not cut it into pieces and give them to your toddler as a healthy snack?
9. Autumn Inspired Coloring
Most toddler love to color so why not invest in a fall inspired coloring book? Alternatively, you could print off coloring sheets from the internet. You’ll find hundreds of free fall pictures to print out. So, even if you don’t have a lot of cash, this is one activity you can afford to do.
10. Head Off On A Nature Walk
During the fall, lots of new, fascinating creatures start to appear. Why not head out to your local park or woods and see how many critters you and your toddler can spot?
You could do a little research before you go to see what kinds of critters you’re likely to come across in your local area. That way, when your toddler does spot an interesting creature, you can tell them all about it.
Overall, fall can be a fabulous time for you and your toddler. The activities above will help you bond with your little terror, while also providing a fun, educating experience.
Do you have any fall ideas you’d like to share? Let us know below!