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10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free Printables and More!

Here are some of our fave ideas that highlight great ways for kids and families to have fun this fall!

10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free Printables and More!

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Well, it definitely feels like fall is right around the corner! The days are getting just a bit shorter, the nights are a little cooler and the morning air is crisp and fresh!

10 Ways to have fun this Fall Free Printable Pumpkin patch with little girl standing in the middle

Summertime treats like ice cream and lemonade are replaced with pumpkins, apples and cider doughnuts.

The top of our maple tree has some leaves changing colors! (Below is our tree in all of its fall glory!)

Bike rides, hikes and apple picking are perfect ways to embrace the fall season!

10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free Printables Fall scene colorful trees lining a lake
Hiking in the Adirondacks several years ago!

As much as we'll miss visits to the beach and warm summer nights, the crisp morning air is refreshing and makes for the perfect temp to take Abby (our dog) for her morning walk!

As is true for all of the seasons, there are plenty of fun books to read, crafts to do and treats to enjoy that celebrate fall!

10 Great Ways To Have Fun This Fall!

1. Enjoy a Seasonal Read

There are so many absolutely wonderful books for every season! See below for a couple of our faves that pair perfectly with autumn!

by Jennifer Thermes

10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free Printables Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail is the amazing true story about a woman who hiked the Appalachian Trail all by herself...and in sneakers!!

Terrific illustrations accompany this fantastic picture book by Jennifer Thermes.

We had a lot of fun putting together this post about Grandma Gatewood which includes ideas and activities that are both perfect for the fall season and go along with this fabulous picture book!

With acorns everywhere, there's usually plenty of squirrels nearby! Here's a super fun book series your young reader (and you!) will absolutely enjoy!

by Melanie Watt

10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free Printables Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt fall picture book for kids

The Scaredy Squirrel books are super funny and kids will love following along with this adorable, yet nutty (get it?!) furry friend!

Read our post dedicated to Scaredy Squirrel, his books, adventures and fun activities!

Scaredy Squirrel has a story for many an occasion, but we recommend you start with this one!

Once you get to know Scaredy Squirrel, you're absolutely going to want to read every one of his adventures!

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2. Make a Fall Bucket List

There are so many fabulous ways to have fun during the fall season and we want to make sure we enjoy as many as we can!

Best Fall Bucket List Free Printable 10 fun things to do for fall

Plan your fun fall adventures with the help of our Fall Bucket List Free Printable!

When you're finished, be sure to hang onto it so you can put it in your very own special DIY Time Capsule!

3. Enjoy Some S'mores!

Nostalgic for those starry nights and sweet summer s'mores?

10 fun things to do in the fall S'mores chocolate graham cracker and marshmallow

You can either make some of those yummy campfire treats, or have fun drawing them with a sweet DIY!

Either way, kids will will love enjoying S'mores!

Visit our little S'more DIY tutorial that will make you want another one of those tasty campfire treats!

10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free PrintablesDIY How to Draw S'more friends tutorial kids art

This How to Draw Your Own S'more Friends step-by-step tutorial is simple and fun and is a terrific activity for anyone who loves drawing, s'mores or both!

10 fun things for kids and family to do in the fall S'more gift guide

4. Bake a Yummy Fall Treat!

If you love pumpkin-spiced treats, then you must be as excited for fall as we are! But pumpkin isn't the only delicious flavor that we crave as the air gets cooler!

Anything chocolate is always the perfect choice when it comes to baked goods and chilly mornings!

Warming up the kitchen on those cool fall mornings with something scrumptious baking in the oven is the perfect segue into the fall season!

10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free Printables Double Chocolate Scone recipe with chocolate chips and walnuts

These Double Chocolate Scones (which I dubbed, 'Squirrel Scones' because of their nut-filled tastiness, way back when they were originally created) are filled with delectably, chocolatey goodness and are simple to make and so, so good!

5. Get Outside and Enjoy the Fall Colors!

10 Fun Ways to Enjoy Fall waterfall hike free printables

Watching the leaves change colors in the fall is nothing short of magical!

Go for a hike, a car ride or just walk around the neighborhood and take some time to admire mother nature's artwork!

6. Be Artistic with Some Pumpkins or Autumn Leaves

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Pumpkins are the perfect canvas to have some creative fall fun!

We usually carve a pumpkin for Halloween, but lately we've also enjoyed getting some smaller ones and have fun painting them!

It makes for a fabulous and fun weekend activity!

Harry Potter Halloween Pumpkin

7. Enjoy a Fall Scavenger Hunt!

Getting the kids outside and having fun is always a good idea! Our Fall Scavenger Hunt Free Printable is a favorite with family and friends!

The Best Fall Scavenger Hunt Free Printable family fun

Scavenger Hunts, aka 'Treasure Hunts!' are the perfect accompaniment for nature hikes, an outing with a friend or spending time outdoors with the family and making the most of the beautiful fall weather!

8. Decorate for Fall or Halloween!

Happy Halloween Fall flag decorations 10 fun things kids for fall free printables

Whether it's adding mums to your front step or picking out the perfect pumpkin to carve, decorating for fall is an essential part of the seasonal fun!

Pumpkin and Ghost Halloween Garland DIY + Free Printable!

Easy and simple, this Halloween garland is super fun for kids and makes the perfect addition to your holiday decor!

This pumpkin and ghost garland has been one of our favorite holiday decorations and is the first one that gets displayed for Halloween!

Visit our Pumpkin and Ghost Halloween Garland post for the DIY details and Free Printable!

Happy Halloween Garland Pumpkin and Ghost Free Printable

9. Get Ready for Halloween with a Magical Read!

With the cooler weather comes Halloween, of course! Magical books are a terrific lead-in to the October holiday!

15 Best Kids Books That Feature Magic books

These 15 Kids Books That Feature Magic are super titles that your reader will absolutely enjoy! Have any you think we should include? Take a peek and let us know!

10. Enjoy a Fun Movie Night

Pop some corn, break out the mini marshmallows and settle in for a fun family movie night complete with seasonal snacks and hot cocoa!

There are so many terrific Halloween Movies to enjoy! Check out our post, Witches, Wands, Ghosts and Goblins: 10 of our Favorite Halloween Movies for Kids!

10 Great Ways to Have Fun this Fall - Books, Free Printables 10 Best Favorite Halloween Movies for Kids

We hope you found some fun books and activities from this list to make your fall a fabulously fun one!

Be sure to Pin this post so you find it next year when fall rolls around again!

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Happy Fall!

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Heather N. Quinn
Heather N. Quinn
Sep 22, 2021

I didn't want to say good bye to summer, but you've put me in the mood for fall. Thanks! :)

My Kidz Bookshelf
My Kidz Bookshelf
Sep 22, 2021
Replying to

I agree! Every year I think it gets a little harder to leave those sunny, summer days behind! We've both always loved fall, though, so we're ready for some autumn color, pumpkins and enjoying our tea and hot cocoa as the weather turns cooler! Thanks so much for reading! :)

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