My toddler and I are enjoying the fall weather that has made its way to Oklahoma. We’ve had quite a few rainy days where we’ve had to stay inside, but there have also been a lot of nice days to hang out outdoors.
Fall is my favorite season, so I am really excited that my kiddo is old enough to enjoy it this year. Here are some of the things we have been up to or are looking forward to doing this year together!
#1 – Pumpkin patch
We visited a pumpkin patch or two last year and my son enjoyed it, but he wasn’t as mobile or talkative as he is this year. I plan on taking him back to the pumpkin patch this year and pulling him on a little wagon ride through the pumpkins!
#2 – Decorating pumpkins
We’ve already bought our son a pumpkin this year and I have several different supplies to decorate it with. I don’t think we will try carving this year because toddlers are obviously not safe with sharp objects, but I do have puff balls, glue, stickers, markers, etc! I am probably more excited about this than he is, though he is pretty happy to have a “pet” pumpkin in the living room.
#3 – Making fall snacks
While we do have food allergies and can’t always eat some of the goodies that come out in the fall, we have modified some recipes to be safe for us. My favorite this year has been a crustless pumpkin pie that has stevia and vanilla in it. My son loves mixing things and helping cook, so this is perfect for us both to safely enjoy!
#4 – Window clings
When I was younger, my grandma used to have window clings that she would dig out of the attic for Halloween. They usually were images of haunted houses, ghosts, bats, etc. Some of them were a bit scary for me, but I wanted to start this tradition with my son, so I looked for some at Wal-Mart.
We picked two 99 cent sheets out together and we both love putting them on the window! They are reusable so we play with them nearly every day right now. They are of friendly looking candy corn, bats, and pumpkins, so very age appropriate and lacking in the horror department.
#5 – Playing in leaves
My son and I go on a nature walk every week after we get done with work. There is a little trail we walk on where the leaves have begun to turn and fall off the trees. We love stomping on each leaf as we walk or jumping in piles (that I have checked for bugs and snakes first) as we go along.
#6 – Fall crafts
My son loves to paint and decorate things. I’ve been teaching him to put coins under a piece of paper and draw over them to transfer the pattern to the paper. I used to do this with leaves as a child and will be trying this with him soon. I also plan on doing some finger painting with his handprint and making the painting into a turkey!
#7 – Reading fall themed books or watching movies
I loved Lumpkin the Pumpkin and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown as a kid. I’ve already introduced my kiddo to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (which we both loved) and we’ve been reading fall-themed books for the last few weeks.
We’ve been enjoying this time of year and I cannot wait to choose a costume for the reformation carnival at the end of the month.
What are you doing with your little one this fall?