Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fun and Free Fall Activities for Kids

As the days turn cooler, leaves are changing color and pumpkins and chrysanthemums appear. Fall is an exciting time for kids, and there is no better way to celebrate the change of seasons than with fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. These activities are great for kids of all ages, and best of all, they don't cost anything.

Pumpkin Scarecrow

You can make a scarecrow to decorate your front porch with items you have around the house. Get together some unwanted clothing - an old pair of jeans, a flannel shirt, and last year's winter boots work great. Tie off the bottoms of the pant legs and sleeves with rubber bands; rake up a big pile of leaves, and stuff them inside the clothes. Position the pants as though they are sitting, then place the stuffed shirt on top. Tuck the pant legs into the boots, and set a large pumpkin on top of the shirt collar for a head - paint a face on with dark colored paints if you like. An old hat placed on the pumpkin will top off your scarecrow.

Halloween Fashion Show

This is a great way to get kids to use their imaginations and come up with unique Halloween costumes; it can also be used as a Halloween party game. Go through your closets and find a pile of clothes you can use for your game. Old dresses and suit jackets are perfect for this activity. Accessories like belts, ties, bandannas and hats are also needed; non-allergenic makeup can add even more fun. Have each person take turns creating a costume, and let everyone try to guess who or what they are.

Leaf "Engravings"

Take a walk and ask everyone to pick up the prettiest leaves they can find. Back indoors, choose a work surface and provide crayons and sheets of white paper. Have each child place their favorite leave under the paper, then rub over the paper with crayons to bring out the leaf design. Cut out the leaf shapes once they are completed, and you have a beautiful memento of autumn.

Remember, the best things in life are free. As they get older, your kids will not remember how much you spent on a gift or a trip to the movies, but they will always remember the time they spend with you. Doing things together, like these entertaining fall activities, will give them happy memories to last a lifetime.

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