Special Replay: Stress Free Fall Activities for Kids
There are so many stress-free activities for kids that I’m happy to share with you some suggestions for examining the stress in your life and ways to combat this. On the show notes page, I have a previous podcast on asking yourself ten questions to examine where the stress comes from and ways to combat the stress.
For me, one reason I stress is that I over-plan. Once I turn the calendar and see all the ways that stress happens, I turn the calendar and think, oh my gosh, it is October, it’s soon Thanksgiving, and now Christmas is around the corner; instead of taking a deep breath, enjoying the cooler weather and making a cup of hot cocoa and snuggling up to read a book with the kids.
Before we begin, I’d like you to ask yourself a list of questions about stress, and I created a podcast on that subject.
I typically take on more than I can handle. We homeschool moms are competent, and we can get so much done in a little time until it doesn’t happen. I was a volunteer at many places, and until my husband got my attention and I wisely listened, my life was one race after another to accomplish.
I realized that I had to have more patience with myself. I’m an idea person – I want to act on my ideas rather than sit on them and pray about them! I needed to put things in priority, and that helped me tremendously.
During the fall, there were so many things I wanted the children to experience and places I wanted to visit somewhere that has fall leaves, make cookies, study seasons, work on scrapbooks, do art projects, etc., etc. Just trying to fit in school and all these extra things became overwhelming, so the stress crept in!
So… here are some ideas that will really help keep the stress to a minimum!
- Be Thankful
- Wear fall colors
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Carve a pumpkin
- Bake a pumpkin and puree
- Go for a hike
- paint a fall scene
- Attend community events – mostly free
- Take a drive to view the fall leaves
- Make a pinecone bird feeder
- Bake bread
- Jump in a pile of leaves
- make apple pie – or apple sauce
- make soup!
- Build a campfire – roast marshmallows
- Display pinecones with tiny lights
- Play a game of two-hand touch football.
- Go to a fall harvest event
- Football game – at home, play flag football
- Roast Sm’ores
- Pine cone bird feeders
- Do a good deed
- Pick Apple
- Make Apple Dumplings – watch Apple Dumpling Gang
- Backyard Fall Party – pot luck
- Fall Scavenger hunt – look around your yard or go to the park and walk around. Check out some things to add to your list.
- Bake gingerbread cookies – soft chew or roll out and bake
- Eat apple chips
- popcorn balls
- Tree rubbings
- I spy fall items (in car or walking)
- Collect and identify leaves
- Learn about trees whose leaves fall
- Learn about evergreens
- Learn how to press leaves/ flowers
- Toast pumpkin seeds
- Make pumpkin bread with real pumpkins
- Check out the evening sky. Stargaze.
- Study the night sky in different seasons.
- Make a Fall leaf centerpiece with nature walk items.
- Taste different types of apples – think about crispness, sweetness, tartness, color, shape, etc.
- Leaves – green works best on paper and paper towels – hit with a hammer
- Leaves between wax paper, iron
- Write five things fall means to me
- Study seasons and compare and contrast.
- Thumbprint art with a fall theme
- Make butternut squash and pumpkin soup.
- Decorate your home with fall items.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you have a stress-free fall and enjoy your time with your children.
Thank you to this month’s Sponsor: CTC Math
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