If you’ve lived in Central Ohio for any period of time, you know that autumn is a wonderful time of year in Columbus. From sunny, mild days–perfect for picking apples–to cool, crisp, campfire nights, the possibilities for fall family fun are endless. Lucky for you, we have some great ideas to get you started.
Check out these five ways to celebrate fall with your little one!
A fun, colorful fall craft – The colors this time of year are truly breathtaking. While beautiful to look at and fun to collect, leaves also provide a visual opportunity to teach children about the seasons. Perhaps best of all, leaves are perfect for fall crafts; they are colorful, full of different shapes and textures, and readily abundant outside your door. Here are two fall crafts to try today. One is perfect for babies and toddlers, while the other is great for preschoolers.
Fall fun in the kitchen – A great way to teach children about healthy eating is to involve them in the cooking and baking process. While chopping vegetables is probably not an option for your child, there are plenty of ways that kids can help prepare a meal; think measuring, pouring and scooping! If you are struggling to find healthy fall foods your kids will actually enjoy, look no further. Your little ones will love helping with this yummy Alphabet Soup, and for dessert, these delicious Apple Pie Turnovers.
Nature hike – With winter quickly approaching, Midwesterners know all too well that our days for carefree romps through the woods are numbered. Thankfully, Columbus is full of amazing Metro Parks and trails that are perfect for a fall, family hike. Bring a “nature bag” so your child can easily collect items such as acorns, pinecones, sticks and leaves to construct this great Autumn Mobile once you’re done.
Visit a pumpkin patch – For many families, fall would not be complete without a visit to a pumpkin patch. Hayrides, donuts, apple cider and, of course, the hunt for the perfect pumpkin. No matter where you live in the city, there is a pumpkin patch not too far away. As for what to do with those pumpkins once you return home–check out this great idea for a child who is still too young to carve. This one is fun too!
Halloween – Both kids and parents love Halloween. From parties, to costumes, to trick-or-treating, there are so many ways to celebrate this fun holiday. Unfortunately, preparing for Halloween can be overwhelming for some parents. Check out this helpful guide for making this year’s Halloween happy and safe. Need some great ideas for homemade Halloween costumes? How about 25 to get you started!
We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing fall with plenty of time to create some precious memories with your children.