This past summer the kids and I created a bucket list of fun things to do and it was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed checking the list and reminding me of what we still needed to do and it helped me make sure to fit in those fun summer memories. Even if a lot of it was in the last two weeks of summer *ahem.*
Fall is full of inexpensive, fun things to do. Plus, the weather is cooler (one of the reasons it is my favorite season), so you can enjoy being out in a sweatshirt and soaking up some autumn sun before the dark of winter hits.
I hope you will consider making a fall bucket list to help you get the most of this great season. I even sneaked in some organizing tasks to help you get ready for winter.
Ideas for a Fall Bucket List
Do a leaf rub.
Bring fall foliage in and make some decorative arrangements. Acorns are lovely in a bowl. Many dried twigs and stems will keep for weeks in a vase on your mantle or table.
Carve pumpkins – see this site for 27 free pumpkin carving stencils you can download.
Get out your fall decorations (like Halloween) and let the kids decorate.
Plan Halloween costumes with your kids. I love a homemade costume! See Spoonful.com (formerly Family Fun) for some great homemade Halloween costume ideas.
Fly a kite – windy fall days are perfect to fly a kite!
Walk in the woods (and find the leaves for the leaf rub listed above) or do a nature scavenger hunt.
Rake up leaves and jump in (don’t forget to take some pictures).
Have a picnic on a blanket in the yard. Take a nap in the sun (glorious!).
Visit an apple orchard – search ‘apple orchard guide’ and your state for help finding one near you.
Visit a pick-your-own pumpkin patch – search ‘pumpkins pick your own’ and your city or state to find one near you.
Head to your favorite park for one last visit before winter hits.
Walk the dog (or a neighbor’s dog). Notice the changing colors and the crisp air.
Find a hayride and join in the fun.
Go through the summer clothes with your child and weed out the stained, torn, too small t-shirts of summer. Get out the long sleeves for winter and assess if you need anything new.
Many cities and counties have fall recycling days, where you can drop of toxic items like paint and lawn chemicals. Clear those out so you can have more room in the garage (like, say for the car during the winter months).
Clean up the summer toys, discarding anything broken or not functional. Donate items that you no longer use. Get out the fun winter gear, like sleds, shovels (fun for kids at least) and outdoor clothing and boots.
Have fun and add your favorite traditions to the list!