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Fall Fun Ideas

Right on schedule the Fall has arrived and the kids are back in school, the air is crisp and it is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors as a family.  So what can you do with your family?

Fun things to do in the Fall with kids are listed below:

 

Thanksgiving Games, Crafts, and Movies

 

Tips for Carving a Turkey

 

Thanksgiving Crafts and Decorating Tips

Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist

 

 

CREATE YOUR OWN TRAIL MIX

Start with cutting out footprints from construction paper.  Be sure to use colors that fit with your theme.  Label each footprint numerically.

Select goodie items like raisins, M&M's, Cheerios or Chex cereal, chocolate chips, bite size pretzels, and anything else that you think the kids would like.  Set each item out in a separate bowl.  Strategically place the bowls around the room.  Place the footprints in numeric order to guide the kids from one bowl to the next.

Give each child a plastic spoon and a Ziploc bag.  Have them follow the footprint "trail" to make their own trail mix.  Remind them only one spoonful per bowl goes into their bag.

 

Create a Sports Memory Board

This creative memory board is easy to make and provides a place for you to honor your child's sports memorabilia.  This cork Hall of Fame  can be used to display pictures, awards, and newspaper clippings gathered during a season or over the years.  It is also a great decorative item for their bedroom

Materials needed

Sports T-shirt or uniform jersey
• Craft knife
• cork panels (purchase at an office supply store)
• Double-sided carpet tape
• Thumbtacks

1. Choose an outgrown sports T-shirt or uniform jersey, trace its outline on a large piece of cardboard, and cut out the shape with a craft knife (parents
only).

2. Cover the entire cardboard shape with cork panels, using double-sided carpet tape to secure the cork. The cork won't fit exactly, so trim the excess with a craft knife or scissors, then use the scrap pieces and more tape to fill in the sleeves.

3. Decide which side of the jersey you'd like to display and cut the shirt down the middle of the other side. Stretch the jersey taut around the cork form and use thumbtacks and more carpet tape to affix the cut opening to the back of the cardboard.

Pin your memorabilia to the board with Fun Tacks.  Transform a handful of old-fashioned thumbtacks (ones with flat metal heads) by with cool sports beads or buttons.  Simply hot glue the bead/button to the head of the thumb tack.

 

Bird Seed Candle

Materials Needed:

4x8  cream color pillar candle
Bag of bird seed
Aluminum pan
Tacky glue and brush
Natural color raffia (purchase in craft store)

Take the bird seed and pour it into the aluminum pan.  Take your brush dip it into the glue and cover the bottom 3 or 31/2 inches of the candle (sides only).  Take the candle and roll in the bird seed until the glued area is cover with seed.  Tie a piece of raffia ribbon with a bow around the candle just above the bird seed decoration.


 

 

No-sew fleece pillow

You can make a great throw pillow.

This is an awesome project that I did with my Girl Scout troop.  We used vibrant colors with a pattern on one side and a coordinating solid color on the other side.  We used  pillow filler rather than a pillow form and they turned out great.  Just make sure you use enough filler and get in all of the corners.  It does take some time to tie all of the knots so you may want to allow a few takes to do this project so that the kids do not get tired.

Materials Needed
Fleece fabric (when choosing the fabric consider the colors in your house)
Scissors
Ruler
White pillow form or you can use white pillow filler
Iron on letters or Fabric paint


Measure fleece fabric to the desired dimensions, then add 4 in. to your measurements for all four sides to allow for the pillow’s fringe. Cut two identical-sized panels out of the fleece, according to your measurements.  You can use the same fabric or a different color on each side.

Hold both fleece panels together. Cut a row of 1-in.-wide vertical strips along one side of both fleece panels. Repeat for all four sides.

Tie knots along three of the four sides of the fleece panels by tying one vertical strip (from the fleece panel on top) together with one back strip (from the fleece panel on the bottom) and knot tightly.

Three sides of the fleece panels should be closed, creating a pocket. Tuck the pillow form or the white filler into the pocket.  Now knot the remaining fleece strips on the last side to close up the pillow cover.

Personalize it with fabric paint, ribbon, or button if desired.   

 

Caramel Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp. water
  • Popsicle sticks 
  • 8 to 10 McIntosh apples
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the brown sugar and water. Stir it until it has a smooth consistency.
     
  2. Gently bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 3 minutes, until the pan's sides get steamy and the mixture is thin but somewhat sticky. Remove from heat.
     
  3. Pierce the center of each apple with a Popsicle stick, then swirl in the caramel syrup until coated. Place apples on a greased cookie sheet to harden. Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours.

 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz.) pound cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted margarine
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 (14 oz.) sweet condensed milk
  • 1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl mix on low speed: cake mix, 1 egg, margarine, and 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Press onto the bottom of a 15x10 inch jelly roll pan.
  4. Then beat cream cheese until fluffy and gradually add  sweet milk, remaining 2 eggs, pumpkin, and  2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. Pour over crust and top with nuts.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool for about an hour. Cut into bars.

Other Fun Ideass

  • Have an outdoor picnic at a local park.  Helpers will love to decide on the food, make the sandwiches, and pick a location
  • Create an obstacle course outdoors.  Have them jump, crawl, hop, and walk over and under a path of leaves. 
  • Have a scavenger hunt ( seek acorns, specific colored leaves, pine cones, sticks etc...)
  • Play football in your yard.
  • Visit a neighboring community's fall festival.
  • Go to a pumpkin patch and purchase pumpkins to carve.
  • Make autumn placemats. Collect colorful fallen leaves of different size and shape. Arrange them in attractive but varying patterns. Press between sheets of wax paper and steam it closed with a warm (not hot) iron. Trim each placement with colorful strips of construction paper or discount fabric with a fall pattern. Place on the kitchen or dining room table for seasonal flair.
  • Take a country drive and enjoy the fall colors.
  • Attend a football game and have a tailgate party.
  • Create a fall family scrapbook. Add photographs of your family doing fun fall activities. Decorator with paper leaves, footballs, or pumpkins and write in brief descriptions of the event.
  • Make a scarecrow.
  • Go Horseback riding.
  • Visit a corn maze.
  • Go on a hayride.
  • Go to a college soccer game.
  • Have a bon fire party.
  • Visit a local apple orchard. Most orchards usually open the first weekend after Labor Day.
  • Plant bulbs that will bloom in the Spring.
  • Plan a trip to the zoo.
  • Visit local historical sites.