September 20, 2013

Fall Activities for Kids

Our favorite fall activities for kids.

100+ incredible fall activities for kids including art, crafts, sensory play, learning activities and much more!

A Collection of Fall Activities for Kids

The past two days I didn't run the a/c at all.  You know what that means, fall is here!  Okay, the first official day of fall isn't for a few more days, but it is basically here.  I've said it before, I love summer.  I have a hard time when my favorite season comes to an end.  The miserable heat wave that we get mid August through mid September helps tremendously.  By the time it passes I am ready for fall.  To welcome the season we have been enjoying a ton of fall themed sensory play around here, most of which centers on the wonderful scents of fall.  I've gathered those ideas as well as ideas from around the web to bring you over 100 awesome fall activities for kids!

Fall Activities with Apples

Rotten Apple Baseball from Housing a Forest

Apple Scented Soap Foam

Apple Orchard Invitation to Play from My Nearest and Dearest

Apple Cinnamon Sensory Bin from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Button Apple Tree from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Ten Apples on Top Inspired Apple Painting

Building with Apples from Fun at Home with Kids

Fall Activities with Leaves

Leaf Slide from Happy Hooligans

Fall Sensory Jars from Blog Me Mom

Fall Sticker Tree Invitation to Create from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Build Your Own Leaf Man from Inspiration Laboratories

Leaf Maze from Happy Hooligans

Fall Activities with Pumpkins

Pumpkin Slime Recipe

Rolling Pumpkin Painting from Putti's World

Scratch Art Pumpkins from Sow Sprout Play

Pumpkin Rocks from Inspiration Laboratories

Tips for Carving Pumpkins with Kids

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas from Tinkerlab

Pumpkin Drip Art Paintings from The Imagination Tree

Pumpkin Oobleck

Pumpkin Sensory Invitation to Play from My Nearest and Dearest

Colored and Glittered Pasta Pumpkins from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Scented Baked Cotton Balls from Fun at Home with Kids

Pumpkin Oobleck Made with Real Pumpkin from Inspiration Laboratories

Pumpkin Bowling from Be Different, Act Normal

Pumpkin Goop from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

Pumpkin Patch Small World Play from Buggy and Buddy

Pumpkin Spice Rice

Homemade Paint Recipes for Fall

Fall Sticky Paints

Fall Scented Microwave Puffy Paint from Fun at Home with Kids

Candy Apple Puffy Paint

Homemade Edible Apple Paints from Blog Me Mom

Erupting Fall Playdough from Housing a Forest

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Dough from Housing a Forest

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Dough

Glowing Play for Kids
As the days get shorter, and it gets darker earlier, we start breaking out the glowing play.  These ideas aren't all fall specific, but fall seems like the best time to be reminded of all of the glow in the dark fun!

Fall Scented Activities
I think most people can agree that the best part of fall is the wonderful scents.  So many come to mind:  pumpkin pie, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberry, fresh coffee, cloves, cider, etc.  Scented play is fun all year long but especially in the fall.

Scented Tea Pretend Play from Fun at Home with Kids

The Smell Detective from Housing a Forest

Fall Spice Railroad from Play Trains!

Fall Spice Railroad @ Play Trains!

Fall Art and Crafts for Kids

Homemade Scented Candles from Blog Me Mom

Autumn Paper Pulp Branch from Housing a Forest

Fall Centerpiece Craft for Kids ~ Simple craft and sensory experience rolled into one.  This is not your traditional tissue paper craft.  Check out what was used to create the leaves!  My kids LOVED this!

Apple Tree Craft for Toddlers from Blog Me Mom

Fall Popcorn Tree from Happy Hooligans

Fall Tree with Suncatcher Leaves from Mess for Less

Invitation to Create a Fall Centerpiece from My Nearest and Dearest

Pumpkin Printing with Pool Noodles from Toddler Approved

Easy Apple Tree Craft for Preschoolers from Reading Confetti

Stuffed Paper Apple Craft from Buggy and Buddy

Candy Activities

Starburst Finger Paint

Nerds Watercolor Trees from Reading Confetti

Dissolving Gobstoppers from Mama.Papa.Bubba.

Jelly Bean Math from Mama Miss

Math Games with M&Ms

Exploding Peep Geysers from Housing a Forest

Candy Chromatography from Mama Miss

Glossy Skittles Paint from Mama.Papa.Bubba.

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Painting with Licorice from Housing a Forest

Candy Corn Counting from Reading Confetti

Spelling with M&Ms from Inspiration Laboratories

Starburst Sculptures from Housing a Forest

How to inflate a balloon using soda - Amazing!

Fall Learning Activities

Candy Corn Counting from No Time for Flash Cards

Alphabet Pumpkins and Literacy Games from The Imagination Tree

Alphabet pumpkins playful literacy game

Fall Leaf Alphabet Movement Activity from Toddler Approved

Pumpkin Veggie Tray from Aubut Family

Pumpkin Quinoa

Carrot Cake Pancakes from Housing a Forest

Low Sugar Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins from Fun at Home with Kids

Gross Motor Activities for Fall

Spider Web Walk Gross Motor Game from No Time for Flashcards

Monster Dice Game from Momma's Fun World

Over 100 awesome ideas for fall.  Games, sensory play, art, recipes, doughs, and much more.  So many idea for fall!

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  1. Awesome collection! So many fun ideas here! Thanks for including some of our activities.

  2. This is a wonderful collection! Thanks for sharing it with Afterschool!

  3. Thanks for sharing this fabulous resource at After School!


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