Fall is here and with the changing of the season comes all-new autumn activities for you to try with your sweet pumpkin. We know coming up with fresh ideas that will delight, entertain and educate your kids can be difficult. So we've put together a list of 8 awesome autumn activities for you to try with your Mia Belle girl!
Leaf painting gives you and your little girl a chance to explore nature and art together. Take a walk around your neighborhood talking about the different trees you see and which leaves you both like the most. Select a handful and bring them back home for painting. Choose autumn hues, rainbows, or your favorite colors and go to town on construction paper or even a canvas for your very own custom Fall art to decorate your home.
Take your pumpkin decorating to the next level with ones that erupt from the inside! This activity is not only incredibly fun, but educational as well. You'll need some baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, and a protected surface. Depending on your comfort level, help your little one to empty out and carve a face into a pumpkin. Once the details are finished place about 1 cup of baking soda inside, for smaller pumpkins use less. Next, sprinkle in your food coloring for the best visual effect. Finally, help your little girl pour in 2 to 3 cups of vinegar and step back right away. The combination will fizz and erupt out of the mouth in a super fun reaction!
Here's an activity that can be appreciated long after the fun is done. You'll need fabric leaves, mod-podge, glitter, sponge brush, battery operated tea lights, and a mason jar; all of which can be found at a local craft store.
First, wash and completely dry your mason jar. Next, using the sponge brush apply the mod-podge all around the outside of the jar and sprinkle in some glitter. Once the mod-podge feels sticky, place your leaves on at a time in a pattern you like most. Apply another layer of mod-podge to the edges of the leaf to ensure they hold properly. Repeat until you reach the desired appearance and allow to dry completely. Add a final mod-podge coat with sprinkled glitter on top and allow to dry completely. Finally, add your tea light and admire the gorgeous craft you made together. Make it apart of your Fall décor or her new favorite night light.
While bonfires are super fun, it's not always save to make one in your own yard. However, a microwave, gas stove top, oven, or grill will work just fine. Each process, when properly heated, should take only seconds to cook and are ready for consumption. You'll need graham crackers, marshmallows, and milk chocolate to stack in that order. For the microwave, plate and heat for 15 seconds. For the oven, preheat to broil and use a sheet pan 5 to 6 inches from the top of the oven and watch for 20 to 30 seconds. For our other methods, use a skewer to secure the stack and place over the heat source until it "catches" fire and blow out the flame.
Have a Picnic
This is a simple and fun activity to get your go-getter outside to enjoy the autumn weather. Head to a beach, a local park, or simply your own backyard with a delicious and nutritious lunch for your both to enjoy. Sandwiches, ants on a log, and something sweet along with water or juice creates the ideal picnic perfect meal. Not only does this give her a chance to enjoy nature and the outside, but would also make for the perfect Fall photo opportunity. Maybe even invite her friends for a play-date.
Fall Photo Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are an excellent way to spend the day with your little pumpkin and friends. Create a unique list to check off based on your locale. Easy examples to include fruits, leaves, animals, and insects. Take pictures of every item as a way to check off your list. Make a fun reward for when the hunt is done to cap off the Fall fun.
There's nothing quite like camping out under the stars. Bring that experience to your backyard. Being out in nature may be a bit much for young children, but recreating that activity at home is a safe and secure alternative until they are ready for the great outdoors. Not only that, but many of the pastimes listed above can be done utilized here as well. Additional activities would include grilling, setting up a sheet to watch movies, and using flashlights to help tell spooky stories.
Read a Fall Book
There's never a bad time to read a book, but during the changing of seasons is a great opportunity to learn about the changing world around your little girl. Here are 3 books to add to your little learner's collection.
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee
Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn by James and Kimberly Dean and illustrated by James Dean.
We hope these ideas have helped, but now the rest is up to you. We'd love to know what autumn activities you enjoy with your family. Leave a comment below or tag us in your autumn photos on Instagram
. From the Mia Belle family to yours, Happy Autumn!