The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting cooler, the air is getting crisp, and the leaves are changing colors - it must be fall! It’s a magical season to celebrate with your grandchildren, outdoors or in. Read on for a list of fun things to do!
1. Head to a Local Pumpkin Patch With Your Grandchildren
Have everyone pick a pumpkin and have a carving party. If your grandchildren are too young to carve a pumpkin on their own have a variety of paints available for them to use.
2. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Hold onto the pumpkin seeds from carving and roast them! Drizzle some olive oil and your favorite seasonings over the seeds and roast them in your oven at 300 degrees for 45 minutes.
Not only are pumpkin seeds a delicious snack, but they’re nutritious, too: they’re rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc, magnesium, and other nutrients!
3. Build Your Own Scarecrow
Gather hay and some old clothes and build your own scarecrow! Your grandchildren will love seeing their creation proudly displayed on your front stoop!
4. Pick Apples With Your Grandchildren
Go to a local apple orchard that offers apple picking. Find the ripest and make your own apple pie or any other delicious apple recipe.
5. Have a Spooky Movie Night
Pop some popcorn, serve some apple cider and snuggle in with your precious grandkids as you introduce them to the classics. If they’re a little too young for “Frankenstein,” show them “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” or “Hocus Pocus.”
6. Create Fall Holiday Decorations
The options are endless for this one: you can trace your hands on construction paper, cut out, and decorate a turkey for Thanksgiving for your front door.
Or, you can collect and paint pinecones for decorations around the house. For some exercise while decorating, go on a walk and collect fresh leaves along the way. Use a large book to press them for art projects.
7. Do a Scavenger Hunt With Your Grandchildren
Collect items from around the house, make up a list and create a scavenger hunt inside or out.
8. Enjoy a Fall Festival
Many areas have local fall festivals or carnivals celebrating the autumn season.
9. Attend a Football Game
Introduce your grandkids to Friday night lights by attending your local high school’s football game, or spend the day cheering on your favorite college or professional team.
10. Have Fun Indoors With Your Grandchildren
Stay inside and work a jigsaw puzzle or play card games such as Go Fish or Hearts. Find out your grandchild’s favorite treat and make it together. Your grandchild will learn valuable skills and you’ll have a delicious treat to share!
Create Lasting Memories With Your Grandchildren This Fall
There are many fun activities you can do with your grandchildren while creating lasting memories they will always treasure.
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