Fall Adventures

By various authors
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email
Jenny Dillon
Enjoy these fun activities as you help your your children celebrate autumn.

Enjoy these fun activities as you help your children — little ones through teens — celebrate autumn.

Painting Branches

I grabbed washable paint, paintbrushes, pom-poms, craft feathers, pipe cleaners,
yarn and a branch or two from outside. Then I set my 1- to 3-year-olds free to create! They loved
decorating the tree branches.

—Jaime Pirus

Fun With Autumn Leaves

Each year, nature showers us with its gift of colorful leaves. My kids and I collect our favorite
leaves and arrange them. Then using stems, pine needles and other flora, we make them into the
shapes of animals such as hedgehogs, turkeys or squirrels.

—Sarah Reinitz

An autumn collection

One of my family’s favorite autumn activities is creating a leaf collection. We lay a blank sheet of paper on top of each leaf and rub an unwrapped crayon over the paper to transfer the image. Other times we laminate the leaf or put it in a Ziploc bag. Then my son puts each sheet in a binder and researches the different species of trees, documenting where we found each one.

—Cassia Elder

Nature Scavenger Hunt

I encourage my children to explore outside by giving each of them:

  • an empty plastic jar
  • a list of 10 items found in the woods (or beach, park, etc.), written in permanent marker on the side of the jar
  • Black rock
  • White rock
  • Red rock
  • Pine cones
  • small leaves
  • Large leaf twigs
  • Pine needles
  • Tree bark
  • Flowers

Then I challenge my kids to fill their jars with the items on the list.

This activity has been such a hit with my family that we embark on nature scavenger hunts on a
regular basis.

—Stacey Pardoe

A Hands-on Fall Activity

As a fun fall activity for my 3-year-old, I filled a clear, plastic container with different colors of dried beans, colorful fall leaves, small plastic pumpkins, scraps of fabric and cinnamon sticks (for ages 3 and up, with adult supervision). I placed the bin on a tablecloth for easy cleanup and supervised as my daughter used her senses and fine motor skills to explore the textures and smells, sort the different types of beans and match the leaves of the same color.

— Brooke Kramb

Seasonal Aromas

Help children differentiate the fall and winter seasons by associating unique fragrances with each time of year. Christian recording artist Phil Joel and his wife, Heather, introduce autumn to their kids with scented candles and room spray in their Tennessee home.

“We have little holiday rules that we’ve set up. Sept. 15 is the official day we start decorating for fall,” Heather says. “We get out our pumpkin decorations [and] autumn wreaths, and the pumpkin-scented spray can only be used starting on the 15th, not beforehand. It’s a super-fun way to kick off the holidays.”

“Once the Christmas decorations are up,” Phil says, “we bring out the evergreen smells.” Phil and Heather founded deliberateKids, a ministry to parents that offers fun ways to teach biblical concepts to children. Their 9-year-old daughter, Phynley, and 5-year-old son, Eden, have enjoyed this annual tradition that originally began in Heather’s childhood.

— Andrea Gutierrez

A Friday Night Tradition

They were at an impasse: my tall, broad-shouldered husband and my small, doe-eyed daughter. Mark was determined that we, as a family, would go to every home football game in our small town. Charis, age 2, didn’t like the crowds, noise or mascot, a 6-foot-tall bulldog.

I didn’t care whether we went to the football games, but Mark was determined. He wanted Charis to experience crowds, noise and even a large, fake bulldog within the safety of her parents’ arms. He didn’t want her to be afraid.

After some discussion, Mark and I decided to turn Friday nights into a grand adventure. We began building up Friday nights as if they were the best thing since chocolate cake. We drove her slowly by the stadium on weekdays, saying, “Charis! That’s where we’ll go on Friday night!”

We bought her a blue and gold cheerleader outfit, complete with pom-poms. “Charis, you get to wear this on Friday night!”

We made popcorn at home and reminded her, “Our favorite time to eat popcorn is Friday night at the football game!”

Before long, she was just as excited about Friday nights as her daddy. As we drove past the stadium on our way to church, she bounced in her seat, clapped her hands and yelled, “Friday night ! Friday night !” At the store, as she was wheeled around in the shopping cart, she asked passersby, “Do you go to Friday night?”

Because we prepared her, Friday nights became one of her favorite adventures.

The following spring, as we passed the stadium, Charis pointed and said, “We go there on Friday night!”

“Yes, we do!” her daddy agreed.

After a moment, she said, “It hasn’t been Friday night in a long, long time.”

Perhaps next fall we’ll work on the days of the week and sports seasons with her — starting with football.

— Renae Brumbaugh

“Painting Branches” © 2018 by Jaime Pirus. “Fun With Autumn Leaves” © 2018 by Sarah Reinitz. “An Autumn Collection” © 2018 by Cassia Elder. “Nature Scavenger Hunt” © 2018 by Stacey Pardoe. “A Hands-on Fall Activity” © 2014 by Brooke Kramb. “Seasonal Aromas” © 2009 by Focus on the Family. “A Friday Night Tradition” © 2008 by Renae Brumbaugh. Used by permission. “Painting Branches” and “Fun With Autumn Leaves” first appeared in the October/November 2018 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. An Autumn Collection” first appeared in this compilation in August 2018. “Nature Scavenger Hunt” first appeared in the August/September 2018 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. “A Hands-on Fall Activity” first appeared in the October/November 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. “Seasonal Aromas” first appeared in the November/December 2009 issue ofThriving Family magazine. “A Friday Night Tradition” first appeared in Focus on Your Child Early Stages April 2008 and was titled “Parents Like Us.”

Share:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email

About the Author

various authors

This article is a compilation of articles written by various authors. The author names are found within the article.

You May Also Like

Thank you [field id="first_name"] for signing up to get the free downloads of the Marrying Well Guides. 

Click the image below to access your guide and learn about the counter-cultural, biblical concepts of intentionality, purity, community and Christian compatibility.

(For best results use IE 8 or higher, Firefox, Chrome or Safari)

To stay up-to-date with the latest from Boundless, sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter.


If you have any comments or questions about the information included in the Guide, please send them to [email protected]

Click here to return to Boundless

Focus on the Family

Thank you for submitting this form. You will hear from us soon. 

The Daily Citizen

The Daily Citizen from Focus on the Family exists to be your most trustworthy news source. Our team of analysts is devoted to giving you timely and relevant analysis of current events and cultural trends – all from a biblical worldview – so that you can be inspired and assured that the information you share with others comes from a reliable source.

Alive to Thrive is a biblical guide to preventing teen suicide. Anyone who interacts with teens can learn how to help prevent suicidal thinking through sound practical and clinical advice, and more importantly, biblical principles that will provide a young person with hope in Christ.

Bring Your Bible to School Day Logo Lockup with the Words Beneath

Every year on Bring Your Bible to School Day, students across the nation celebrate religious freedom and share God’s love with their friends. This event is designed to empower students to express their belief in the truth of God’s Word–and to do so in a respectful way that demonstrates the love of Christ.

Focus on the Family’s® Foster Care and Adoption program focuses on two main areas:

  • Wait No More events, which educate and empower families to help waiting kids in foster care

  • Post-placement resources for foster and adoptive families

Christian Counselors Network

Find Christian Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Psychiatrists near you! Search by location, name or specialty to find professionals in Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselors Network who are eager to assist you.

Boundless is a Focus on the Family community for Christian young adults who want to pursue faith, relationships and adulthood with confidence and joy.

Through reviews, articles and discussions, Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live.

Have you been looking for a way to build your child’s faith in a fun and exciting way?
Adventures in Odyssey® audio dramas will do just that. Through original audio stories brought to life by actors who make you feel like part of the experience; these fictional, character-building dramas use storytelling to teach lasting truths.

Focus on the Family’s Hope Restored all-inclusive intensives offer marriage counseling for couples who are facing an extreme crisis in their marriage, and who may even feel they are headed for divorce.