Autumn is slowly arriving bringing cooler temperatures and changing leaves. What a great time to be outdoors! Below is a budget-friendly family bucket list for this fall season.
- Go on a nature hike. Ask your kids to collect fall treasures (leaves, acorns, and whatever else they find). Make an autumn wreath with their treasures. You can cut cardboard from a box to use as the wreath. Have your kids glue (if they can) on their treasures. Poke a hole at the top of their wreath and thread yarn through to tie a bow. Display it on your front door or allow them to give it to a neighbor.
- Have a picnic at a local park. Ask your kids to help you pack a lunch. Bring a special blanket to sit on. Talk about the cooler temperatures and changing leaves.
- Go to a pumpkin patch. Price out the pumpkins beforehand and ask your kids to help you count the money they will need. Put the money in a special bag or envelope and let them pay for their pumpkin.
- Visit an apple orchard or farmer’s market. Talk about the different types and colors of apples (Red Delicious, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith). Allow them to taste different types of apples (you can go to your local grocery store if you don’t have an orchard close by). Borrow a book about apples from the library to learn more!
- Bake an autumn inspired treat. Things like baked apples and pumpkin bread are fairly easy to make and budget friendly. Allow your kids to help you measure or gather ingredients.
Make time to unplug from social media and work (if you can). Our world is so fast-paced and one of our goal’s at before5 is to inspire you to create pockets of time to slow down and connect with your kids. We hope these ideas encourage you to spend meaningful time with your family.