things to do with kids in the fall

Inside: The ultimate list of fall activities for kids. Bake, read, play, learn, create, decorate and more!

I’m from New England. At least, that’s where I spent the majority of my adult life. When I first set foot on my college campus fourteen years ago, I had no idea that part of living in Boston would mean falling head over heels in love with fall!

It’s almost like a religion.

In New England, people love fall almost as much as Christmas (o.k., maybe as much?). September 1st rolls around, and the scarves, boots, and vests come out – regardless of the temperature. We count down the days until the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks, and if you haven’t gone apple picking you haven’t lived!

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Do you absolutely LOVE fall - like get just as excited for fall as you do Christmas? If you want your kids to love fall as much as you do, check out these fall recipes, books, crafts, decorations and SO MUCH more. Over 100 things (a fall bucket list, if you will) to make absolutely sure your kids LOVE fall. #fall

We recently relocated to North Carolina with our four kids, and let me tell you, fall is not the same. As a forever New Englander at heart, I am committed to transferring my love of fall to my kids (even when I’m sweating in October).

Will you join me?

I compiled a list of 100 fall activities for kids that will help you transfer your deeply sincere love of fall to your kids. You’re not going to want to miss the treats, heart-warming foods, fall activities, books, scents, and more.

When you’re done reading, let me know your favorite way to celebrate fall in the comments!


100 Fall Activities for Kids

So many things to bake, taste, smell, read, experience and do that will make your kids fall in love with fall!

Bake Pumpkin Desserts that aren’t Pumpkin Pie

Normally, I don’t love baking, but come fall? I am all of a sudden not just willing, but eager to bake. 

You won’t find pumpkin pie on this list because everyone has heard of pumpkin pie! These unique pumpkin treats will make you love pumpkin in a whole new way this fall.

Banana Pumpkin Streusel Muffins by Kristina at Mother’s Niche

Pumpkin French Toast by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes by Danielle at Live Well Bake Often

The Best Pumpkin Bread by Hayley at The Domestic Rebel

Pumpkin Pie Puff Pastry Turnovers by Mallory at Chocolate with Grace

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip by Kimberly at A Night Owl Blog

Pumpkin Scones by Annie at Everyday Annie

Pumpkin Roll by Lana at Lana’s Cooking

Pumpkin Spice Granola by Annie at Annie’s Noms

Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats by Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake by Mallory at Chocolate with Grace

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler by Lauren at Lauren’s Latest

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins by Annie at Everyday Annie (just like Starbucks!)

Enjoy Deliciously Awesome Fall Scents

I read once that smell is a vital part of memories. The author pondered what history books would be like if we could include the smells – how much better would our understanding of history be?

Think about the scents you remember from your childhood.

Do you remember the smell of your mother’s freshly baked cookies? The poignant scent of your father’s cologne? The crisp, clean smell that hit your nostrils stepping outside after the first truly cold day of the year?

Give your kids the perfect smells to remember fall by. Normally, I’m all about saving money with the generic or knock-off versions of things, but candles is one of a few items I’m willing to pay more for to get the best ones – mostly because they actually fill the whole room with the scent (not just a few feet). Get them at a discount by using a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath & Beyond on their already 25% off featured scent of the month.

Don’t forget to teach candle and fire safety while you enjoy these fall scents!




things to do in the fall with kids

Bake the Best Apple Treats for Fall

Apple picking is an essential part of fall in New England. You pick apples, sample along the way, ride a hay ride, and eat apple cider donuts drenched in cinnamon and sugar before you go. If the only apple treat you’ve ever tried is apple pie, you need to try these recipes!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Marzia at Little Spice Jar

Apple Cider Donut Holes by Hayley at the Domestic Rebel

The Best Apple Crisp by Lauren at Tastes Better from Scratch (I’ve already made this 3 times this fall!)

Apple Muffins by Christy at The Girl Who Ate Everything

Easy Candy Apples by Kelly at Just a Taste

Slow Cooker Apple Cider by Rachel at the Stay at Home Chef

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie by Tina at Just Putzing

Apple Pie Bread by Brandie at the Country Cook

Easy Caramel Apple Dip by Trish at Mom on Time Out

Cinnamon Apple Chips by Carrie at Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

21 Fall Picture Books to Read with Kids

It’s amazing how many seasonal picture books there are for kids! Pick up some of these beautiful fall picture books from the library to read together throughout the season.

Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash by Sarah Weeks

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jill Arnosky

Why Do Leaves Change Color by Betsy Maestro

I Love Fall! by Alison Inches

Apple Picking Time by Michele B. Slawson

Red Leaf Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret Mcnamara

Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish

Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindburgh

Apples, Apples, Apples Everywhere by Robin Koontz

The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross

The Berenstein Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan Berenstein

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Related: 17 Unexpectedly Awesome Books for Young Boys

More Fall Foods & Drinks

Fall is the time to break out the slow cooker and hot beverages. 

If you haven’t invested in a slow cooker yet, now’s the time. I love my programmable crockpot – no need to worry about being out of the house when the time is up.

It simply stops cooking on its own and keeps the food warm until we’re ready to eat. Also, if you’re looking for a new tea kettle, this one has been super reliable and comes in some vibrant fall colors!

Everything Autumn Pretzel Bark by Virginia at That Bald Chick

Chicken Noodle Soup by Annie at Everyday Annie (I sub store-bought broth)

Cinnamon Toast Puppy Chow by Virginia at That Bald Chick

Russian Tea Mix by Lauren at Lauren Greutman (a delicious orange tea)

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate by Julie at Julie’s Eats & Treats

Easy Chili by Better Homes and Gardens (a personal favorite!)

Sour Cream Cornbread by Heather at Kitchen Conconctions

Slow Cooker Beef Stew by Nikki at Chef in Training

Brown Sugar & Bacon Baked Beans by Amanda at The Chunky Chef

Easy & Gooey Cinnamon Bread by Jennifer at The Intentional Mom

things to do in the fall

Fun Fall Activities for Kids (& the Whole Family)

So maybe some of these are only achievable in New England (apple picking in 90 degree weather just isn’t the same!). If you try to do all of these, you may get overwhelmed. Pick a few that you absolutely LOVE and do those. Make one or two traditions, then try one you’ve never done before.

Paint a Pumpkin

Navigate a Corn Maze

Decorate Fall Sugar Cookies


Apple Picking

Fall Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt

Roast Marshmallows

Make a Leaf Collection Book

Collect Pinecones for Bird Feeders

Leaf Raking & Jumping

Fall Arts & Crafts for Kids

Most kids LOVE arts and crafts. I’m not super crafty myself (there are enough messes with four little kids), but these activities make me want to get my craft on – forget the mess!

BONUS: Kid’s fall artwork makes for easy decorating. Just put up a long piece of twine with mini clothespins and add to it over time.

Adorable Button Tree Craft by Ashley at Simply Designing

The Art of Fall: Mixed Media Workshop by Alisha at Masterpiece Society

Scarecrow Paper Plate Craft by Virginia at That Bald Chick

Birdfeeder Ornaments by Debbie at One Little Project

Fall Snow Globe Craft by Selena at Look We’re Learning

Simple Fall Leaf Family by Tara at Homeschool Preschool

Bundled Q-Tip Autumn Tree by Kim at The Pinterested Parent

Beautiful Fall Leaf Suncatchers by Stephanie at eHow

Simple Apple Coffee Filter Craft by Selena at Look! We’re Learning

Craft Stick Turkey by Virginia at That Bald Chick

Leaf Projects that are Perfect for Multiple Ages by Alicia at Learning Well

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Simple Fall Decor

As a minimalist, I’m not big on saving up decor for every single season and holiday. That being said, there is something about bringing fall colors inside the house that makes me love fall even more!

These are simple ways to decorate without going overboard. Creating some of these DIY Fall decor projects can be a great addition to your fall activities with kids.

Fall Leaf Garland by Katrin & Jessica at Schoenstricken

Twine Pumpkin Luminary by Alisha at Alisha Gratehouse

Cozy Fall Throw Blanket

Paper Pumpkin Ornaments by Alisha at Alisha Gratehouse

Candy Corn Banner by Virginia at This Bald Chick

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath on a Budget by Sara at Embracing Destiny

Book Page Leaf Garland by Alisha at Alisha Gratehouse

Covering Throw Pillows with Fall Covers

Fantastic Fall Learning Activities for Kids

Whether you homeschool or love doing learning activities with your kids just for the fun of it, these activities use fall to teach everything from why leaves change color to the solar system using pumpkins! Many of these posts also offer free printables and other goodies, so be sure to check them out.

Acorn Color Matching Activity by Karyn at Teach Beside Me

All About Leaves Printable Pack by Selena at Look We’re Learning

Leaf Chromotagraphy: Why Leaves Change Color by Karyn at Teach Beside Me

Pumpkin Math: How Many Segments? by Karyn at Teach Beside Me

Harvest Unit Study by Selena at Look We’re Learning

Pumpkin Volcano Science Activity by Kim at the Resourceful Mama

Pumpkin Solar System by Karyn at Teach Beside Me

Fall Math Pumpkin Hunt by Devany at Still Playing School

Leaf Identification Flash Cards by Selena at Look We’re Learning

Fall Kinetic Sand Learning Tray by Samantha at Stir the Wonder

100 fall activities for kids (from a New Englander) #fallactivities #fall2018 #fallwithkids

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  1. So many ideas to do and try. We always want to have a family hiking trip. Thanks for these.

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      You’re welcome! Hope you get a family hike in this season. 🙂

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