Even though it is insanely hot at the moment in Texas, I’m so excited about it being the first day of fall tomorrow! Fall and winter are my favorite times of year, and, now that I’m out of the new mama haze, I can’t wait to show Owen how fun this time of year can be. So, to keep myself accountable and remember everything I’m intending to do this season, I’ve made a toddler-friendly fall bucket list:
- Pumpkin Patch. This is probably one on everyone’s to-do list. It’s just not fall without going out there, picking your own pumpkin, and getting some cute pictures to put in your family album.
- Hay Maze. I’d never done a hay maze until last year, when Owen was 11 months old. It was so much fun, and that was before he could even walk! It’s definitely going to be a repeat for this year.
- Hayride. Same thing with the hayride. I had never done one until last year. Since Owen is all about anything that moves, a hayride is right up his alley. It’s a tradition I see us repeating for a while with our little guy.
- Hot Air Balloon Festival. We have a lot of hot air balloon festivals to choose from where we live. It seems like all of the surrounding towns have one. We went to one last year, but we didn’t come at the right time to actually see…hot air balloons. This year, Owen is able to stay up a little later, and I plan on seeing one of the evening “glow” launches with him this year!
- Pumpkin Pie Play-doh. We haven’t introduced play-doh to Owen yet, so I think it will be extra fun if it smells like fall when we do!
- Pinecone Bird Feeder. I saw a tutorial online about this, and it looks easy and cute! My parents have pine cones falling in their backyard from a neighbor’s tree, so we plan on collecting some and making feeders out of them. Then, I want to hang them on the tree outside of Owen’s room, so he can watch the birds eat from them.
- Seasonal Masterpiece. I’ve seen a couple of people mention painting with pinecones, leaves, acorns, etc. for a fun fall craft. I think this would be so much fun! I think I’ll only use fall colors, to make it extra festive.
- Pumpkin Washing. This is a simple, practical activity that’s great for developing toddlers. Since we’re still hot, I plan on doing this outside with cold bubbly water, so Owen can cool off. Plus, it helps us get ready for…
- Pumpkin Carving/Painting. I think I’m going to have Owen paint his pumpkin(s), but maybe do a separate one with my husband where we actually carve it. Maybe we’ll choose something to carve into it based on Owen’s interests, so he gets excited when he sees it all lit up. Plus, I’ve heard great things about pumpkin “guts” sensory bags.
- Nature Hike. This one is for once our seasons actually change. We have a great park just up the road from us that has miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, amongst the trees. Once there’s a chill in the air, and the leaves start changing, it will be absolutely stunning.
- Puddle Jumping. And, speaking of when our seasons change, we always get a lot of rain, so it’s the perfect time to go puddle jumping! Owen always enjoys it, and he looks for any reason to put on his boots.
- Fall Songs. This may be the music teacher in me, but I love singing seasonal songs, whenever possible. So, I looked up some fall songs, ready for Owen to dance to!
- Educational Activities. I’ve recently been more purposeful with doing educational activities with Owen. We’ve always done them, but now I plan them out a little more. I’m excited to start doing fall themed educational activities. I already have some ideas up my sleeve.
- Halloween Party. I was recently talking to some of my friends who also have little ones, and we decided that we’re going to have to throw the kids a Halloween party this year. It’ll be so cute seeing everyone in their little outfits! (I fully intend on making Owen’s again this year, but I’m still trying to decide on what to make. Ideas?)
- Gluten Free Fall Baking. Since we’re still currently gluten free with Owen, I get to play around in the kitchen and figure out some old favorites (and maybe some new favorites) using gluten free ingredients. I’m not going to let being gluten free get in the way of one of the most delicious times of year.
I’ve already started a few of the things on my list because I just couldn’t wait to get started! What’s on your fall bucket list? I would love to add to mine!