The days are getting shorter and the air is crisp. The trees are changing, the harvest season has begun and signs of fall are everywhere. School is in full swing and afternoons and evenings have become busier again as kids work on homework and attend dance or soccer lessons.
You’ve probably seen those amazing fall bucket lists online—you know the ones with 35 different activities and cute watercolor depictions of each one? Having a big, lofty fall bucket list can be lots of fun, but for families with young children, the thought of missing naps and irregular routines hardly seems worth it.
So, how can you celebrate the season without sacrificing their bedtime routine or YOUR sanity?
Start small. You don’t have to do everything every year. Choose one big event that you want to attend, whether it be visiting the pumpkin patch, picking apples in an orchard or perhaps a local festival. Schedule it for a weekend when you have no other plans, then add a few small moments of fall play into your weekday routine. This way you'll have time to actually savor the season rather than feeling like you are just rushing from one event to the next.
5 Small Fall Moments of Play
As you get the kids out of the car, hand them a small basket and ask them to gather acorns (pinecones, sweet gum balls, etc.) from the yard or driveway. Use them in decorations around the house.
As you get the kids out of the car, hand them a small basket and ask them to gather acorns (pine cones, sweet gum balls, etc.) from the yard or driveway. Use them in decorations around the house.
Right after dinner, give each child a small bag and go for a walk around the block, collecting signs of fall. Back at home, sort the objects and talk about what you could do with them.
Rake a pile of leaves together and jump in. (Recite the rhyme below as you play.)
Give your child a bowl of water, a sponge or washcloth and let them wash pumpkins you bought at the grocery store or pumpkin patch. They can use a towel to dry them off, as well.
Red and yellow, orange and brown,
The leaves are falling to the ground.
We pile them up, oh so high.
Then we jump in, you and I.
With so many fun options out there, I can't wait to see and hear how you celebrate the season of fall with your children this year. Tag your photos on Instagram with @DotToDotConnections or feel free to send me some via email to be added to our website gallery.
Until next time,