Family Fun: Fall Harvest Edition

By Purex | Sep. 3, 2013 | Family Life

While summer may be the best season for activities as a family, many of us prefer cool autumn afternoons to the scorching summer heat. And besides, who said fall can’t be an exciting time for families as well? Now we all know football is the most anticipated event of the fall, but what if you’re family is not into sports or you’re looking to get more creative this year. This list is filled with activities to help your family embrace the changing leaves and cooler air by celebrating the season with autumn themed activities. Just be careful – fall flies by in a flash, so take advantage of the crisp weather and beautiful scenery while you still have a chance!
 
Arts & Crafts
Fabulous Fall Collage
While some may turn out more fabulous than others, this fall collage idea really is fabulous. Not only can you and the kids have some fun picking out pretty leaves, sticks and twigs, but they can also learn a bit about arrangement and balance in artwork as they attempt to capture the colors and textures of autumn.
What You’ll Need: Big white piece of paper, wax paper, acrylic paints, elmer’s glue and a collection of leaves, sticks & twigs
Directions:

  1. Take some acrylic paint and squirt a few desired colors across your white piece
    of paper
  2. Spread the wax paper over your piece of white paper, make sure to wrap it around the edges so it does not slide around as you smoosh
  3. At this point, you can let the kids take over. You can do one collage together as a family, but it is more fun to have everyone make their own. Once the wax paper is in place, use your hands to “smoosh” around the paint (a technique aptly named “paint smooshing”) all over your piece of paper. Be sure to use discretion and try and coach your kids to keep the paint in a defined area and not spill it over the edges of the paper.
  4. Remove your wax paper and let dry until paint has hardened.
  5. Choose a combination of your leaves, sticks and twigs that seemlike they would fit well on your piece of paper. This step is your opportunity to teach your kids a little about the proper balance of a collage.
  6. Apply dots of glue to the area you want to place a leaf or twig
  7. Hold your leaf to the paper for about 30 seconds while the glue dries
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until your painting is laid out the way you would like it
  9. Find a nice area in the house (possibly your fridge, bathroom mirror, a
    posterboard, etc.) to display your masterpiece!

 
Outdoors
Apple Picking
Sure you can get apples year-round at your local grocery store, but where’s the fun in that?! Besides, store bought apples don’t even come close to fresh, orchard apples picked straight from the tree during the harvest season. Check your local listings for apple orchards in your area. Many of them offer “you pick” hours where you can bring the family and have a little apple-picking adventure. Not only will you have a great time getting lost in acres of colorful scenery, but you can teach your kids a bit about where the food they eat every day comes from.
 
Jump in a Leaf Pile
While raking leaves is one of the biggest letdowns of the fall season, there is a silver lining. After you’ve spent hours raking a big, huge pile of leaves, what better way to celebrate the occasion that take a giant leap right into the middle! This activity is almost a like a rite of passage. Childhood just wouldn’t be the same if you never ruined a couple piles of leaves. Just be sure there is no big sticks or rocks in your pile before you leave the ground.
 
Food
Autumn Leaves Dessert
Here’s a treat no kid will leaf behind, and no we are not actually suggesting that you eat leaves for dessert. This seasonally themed delight is sure to put a smile on your children’s faces. Now that’s what I call aut-yum!
What You’ll Need: 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of water, prepared pie crust, mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, raw sugar and flour, and a leaf-shaped cookie cutter
Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While you wait, whisk an egg with a teaspoon of water and set it to the side.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out a prepared pie crust. Use your cookie cutter to make as many dough leaves as possible.
  3. Spread some chocolate and peanut butter chips on your leaves, leaving a small margin at the edges.
  4. Brush some egg onto the edges of your leaves, place a second leaf on top, then press the edges to seal.
  5. Brush some egg on the top of your pressed leaves, then sprinkle some raw sugar on each of them.
  6. Cook for about 12 minutes until the edges begin to turn brown, then let them cool before you and the family enjoy!

 
Hopefully this list has given you a few ideas to make this fall an interesting and exciting one for you and your family. Take advantage of the weather while you can and get outdoors before there is snow everywhere, and always remember – a family that plays together, stays together!