Fall Activities Your Toddler Will Love
Posted on September 16 2019
Pumpkins, apple orchards, Halloween, changing leaves, cooler weather, there are so many reasons to love the fall. It might be one of our favorite seasons!
Fall is particularly amazing for outdoor activities, delicious recipes, and lots of fun. There’s so much to do with your toddler in the fall. So, we decided to collect a few of our favorite activities and share them with you.
Here’s our bucket list of fall activities your toddler will love!
Visit an Apple Orchard
If you’ve never visited an orchard to go apple picking, you’re missing out. It’s one of the best things to do in the fall, and it’s a great activity for kids of all ages. With the changing leaves and cool weather, it’s a magical wonderland that offers great opportunities for pictures and lots of fun.
Best yet, many apple orchards include additional fun activities and snacks for your little one. From petting zoos to corn mazes, apple donuts, hard cider, and more, there’s something for everyone at the top apple orchards in the U.S.
To figure out where you should go, check out this list of the “Best Apple Orchards in the US.”
Carving pumpkins isn’t super safe when you’re dealing with a toddler, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw pumpkins out as a fun activity. There are many toddler-friendly ways to have fun with pumpkins. All you have to do is turn up the fall music, grab a few supplies, buy some pumpkins, and get started.
Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- Using cut-out foam shapes, have your toddlers transform their pumpkins into silly, happy, and scary faces. Here are some tips from The Spruce Crafts.
- Grab some tempera paint or kid’s washable paint and then let your toddler’s go to town. Just be sure to mix your paint 50/50 with school glue so that the paint sticks all season long. Head to Tots Schooling to learn more.
- Sticker pumpkins are perfect for toddlers. Grab some of your favorite stickers and let your little one create a masterpiece. The Artful Parent has all the insight you need.
Go on a Leaf Hunt
Colorful autumn leaves are one of the best things about fall, so take advantage of them. Your toddlers will love the chance to go on a nature walk with you and collect their favorite leaves as they go. With each leaf they pick up, ask them to tell you about the color, size, and shape and encourage them to collect as many different colors and looks at they can.
Then, with your pile of leaves, head home and create an autumn leaf suncatcher. The Best Ideas for Kids has the very simple craft online. All you need is clear contact paper, scissors, glue, and your leaves. Then, viola! Instead of the construction paper they recommend, fill your designs with real leaves and enjoy!
Head to a Petting Zoo
The fall seems like the perfect time to introduce your toddler to animals. A petting zoo offers the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about animals and how to treat them. At a petting zoo, not only will they have a chance to pet some of these gentle creatures, they’ll also get to feed them a few treats. It’s a lot of fun and a great experience they’ll love.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
You might think that a corn maze is too old for your toddler, but that’s not the case at all. With you by their side, they’ll have a blast at a corn maze—exploring and playing. Best yet, most corn mazes also offer other activities such as hayrides, face painting, playgrounds, and more.
If you’re looking for a great corn maze near you, check out this list of 19 awesome locations by Family Vacation Critic. Each corn maze on the list offers something a little unique from pony rides to farm animal experiences, pumpkin picking, and hay mountain climbs.
The fall is the perfect time to go camping in your own backyard. You can set up a tent, make a pretend (or real) campfire in a fire pit, and enjoy a night in the great outdoors. You can pretend to spot animals outside your tent, sing campfire songs, roast s’mores, and more. It will be a night you’ll never forget.
Along with your camping night, you can also enjoy a fun picnic! Spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy an alfresco meal in the beautiful fall weather. Just don’t forget to bring some toys—like a kite, bubbles, or a ball—to keep your toddler entertained after the meal.
There’s so much to do with your toddler in the fall. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and unique activities only available this time of the year to introduce your toddler to all there is to enjoy.