Ah, fall. The season of cooling temperatures, crisp apples, cozy sweaters and all things pumpkin. It’s for sure my personal favorite time of the year. It’s also the perfect time of the year for fun fall activities for toddlers!
With how crazy things are in our world, it might feel like having a “normal” fall with your family is impossible. I know our family personally really loves getting outdoors in the fall for family fun.
While it might take a little bit more planning, it’s absolutely possible to find fun fall activities for your toddler this year that are also socially distant and mindful of new restrictions.
Guest blogger Kinzy has put together a list of fall bucket list ideas for toddlers that are perfect for fall family activities! These socially-distant, family friendly activities will help you still find the fun while celebrating this beautiful season with your family.
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20 Fun Fall Activities for Toddlers and Fall Bucket List Ideas for Toddlers
Go On a Leaf Hunt
See how many varieties of leaves you can find and how many colors of leaves you can collect! Grab a bucket or a bag and go for a walk around the neighborhood or to the nearest park.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Spend an afternoon scouring the pumpkin patch for the perfect pumpkin and snap some fun family photos along the way.
Pick Fresh Apples
If you have orchards nearby, head on over and pick some yummy apples. Use these apples to bake delicious treats together when you get home.
Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Get lost in a corn maze together. Ok you can probably see over it… but let your toddler have a blast feeling “lost” in the maze and watch them use their problem solving skills to navigate through it.
Go On a Scavenger Hunt
This is a great outdoor activity for fall! Look for things like different color leaves, a scarecrow, a stick, a football, a squirrel, a feather, a goose, a squirrel, an acorn, a pumpkin, some halloween decorations, a bird, etc.
Create a Giant Leaf Pile…
And jump in it! So much fun for little toddlers. Let them jump around and explore the crunchy texture of the fall leaves.
Read Fall Books
Learn about the changing seasons and explore fall through reading, or check out a few about Halloween. You can add to your collection or check out some from your local library.
All of these adorable books are available right now on Amazon!
Bake Apple and Pumpkin Treats
Some yummy ideas for fall treats that are easy for toddlers to help with include apple crisp, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread and apple cake. Teach your toddler kitchen skills by baking together. They can dump in ingredients or help you stir. They absolutely love to help mom and dad and usually will totally get a kick out of helping in the kitchen!
Carve a Pumpkin
Younger toddlers can have a total sensory experience cleaning out the pumpkin (supervised, of course), and older toddlers can help pick out a face or design to carve!
This set of pumpkin punchers helps making pumpkin carving safer and easier for kids!
Have a bonfire and roast s’mores if your toddler is older, or gently warm marshmallows using the toaster oven to make them squishy.
Brainstorm Halloween Costumes Together (and Maybe DIY It!)
Spend some time considering Halloween costumes and maybe even craft one up yourselves! Your toddler will be so proud to help out (and have a say in their costume!).
Introduce your toddler to this classic sport and toss a football around yourselves too! This pack of mini balls is the perfect size for tiny hands, and includes a basketball and soccer ball too for even more fun outside.
Drink Apple Cider
Bonus points if you make it together first!
Decorate For Fall
Make your house feel festive by adding fall greenery, pumpkins, or autumn themed banners. You can even create decorations together as another fall activity!
Want to add a fun front door mat to your house? Let your toddler chose from this adorable list of Funny Fall Front Doormats!
Take Family Photos
Fall colors make for absolutely stunning photo shoots! Whether you hire a professional photographer or have a close friend snap a few shots, you can get some beautiful family photos. Head to a nearby park, pack a picnic and create those memories.
Decorate Fall Themed Cookies
Baking is a staple in the fall. Finally, it’s not too hot to run the oven. Take advantage and whip up a batch of cookies you can decorate together!
These Halloween cookie cutters are so cute, and they make creating fun cookies even easier.
Make a Leaf Craft
Make some fall art together you can display around the house.
Create a routine where you discuss the things you are grateful for once a day. It’s never too early to learn the power of gratitude and positive thinking.
Watch a Halloween Movie
Start the Halloween countdown and indulge in a movie together. There are tons of cute and toddler friendly Halloween movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime!
As you can see there are countless fun fall activities for toddlers, and they can certainly be enjoyed during this season of social-distancing! I hope these fall bucket list ideas for toddlers sparked some ideas for your own family.
Kinzy is the creator of the motherhood blog Coffee With Kinzy. She helps moms skyrocket their productivity through intentional time management and household routines. Through these types of effective systems and habits, moms can free up their time and truly embrace motherhood. Follow Kinzy here on Instagram!