Autumn is in full swing. It’s a beautiful season. It’s cold but not too cold to go outside. It’s a season that will bring in a lot of excitement for kids. It’s the best time to get your kids to go outside and engage in fun outdoor activities. They can actually enjoy the cold weather without getting sick - just make sure to boost their immune system before ushering them outside.
There are several ways to do that and one of them is by adding some fall seasonal produce into their diet. This will help strengthen their body's defense against flu, cold or other infections caused by viruses.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Families need to make this a part of their daily routine. So, make your favorite fall activities a part of your routine this season. Pick apples, take a hayride, run through mazes, go on nature walks, and pick pumpkins among others.
If you are running out of outdoor fall activities for your kids, here are a few suggestions:
1. Play Classic Outdoor Games
You can never go wrong with classic games. These time-honored kids’ activities have been passed down from one generation to another. Let your kids play Kickball Keep Away, Capture the Flag, Mother, May I, and other classic outdoor games they will surely enjoy.
2. Take Nature Color Walks
We’ve seen this suggestion on Pinterest. Choose a color before stepping out of your house. For instance, you could go with “orange.” Then you can start searching with your child for orange things that can be found outdoors. Bring a camera with you and let your child take pictures of your awesome finds. It’ll be fun and your child will enjoy snapping photos of beautiful flora and fauna.
3. Scavenger Hunt
Kids can’t resist scavenger hunts. They love following clues and looking for things. You can do a fall-themed hunt in your backyard. This is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors. You can adjust the list of items to collect to suit the age of your kids.
You can also try geocaching. Lifewire describes it as a treasure hunt using handheld gadgets with GPS. The treasures are camouflaged and hidden in obvious places or areas that are rarely visited.
4. Play with Leaves
This season is the best time to play with leaves and enjoy the foliage. Give your kids rakes and get them to work. They will love it. There is nothing more fun than jumping into a pile of leaves. Include sensory play into your activity with these fun ideas from Lemon Lime Adventures.
5. Construct an Obstacle Course
Kids love crafting crazy obstacle courses. It doesn’t have to be complicated. You can use things in your backyard like pine cones, twigs, a pile of leaves, and sticks. Let the whole family join in the fun, and your kids will have a great time.
6. Go to a Farm
There are farms and pumpkin patches with corn mazes that you can explore. Tap into your kids’ imagination with this fun activity. They will have a blast running through the maze as they try to figure out how to get out.
Pick a beautiful day, so your kids can also pet animals in the farm. They can name the animals they see. This educational activity is perfect for kids of all ages. They can learn to identify features, differentiate an animal from the others, and learn the sounds they make.
7. Family Bonfire
Get everyone together for a family bonfire in your backyard. Collect branches with your kids before it gets dark. Break out the crackers, mallows, and chocolate. Make s'mores with the kids, and create a competition for the ‘best golden roast.'
8. Make-up Your Own Game
Kids are open-minded and creative. So, encourage them to step outdoors, bundle them up in warm clothes, and let them make up their own game. They’ll surprise you with their creativity.
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