The leaves are falling and the air is cooler. Now is a fantastic time to get outside with your little ones. Take a walk and talk about what you see. Don’t forget to stop and crunch some leaves under your feet. Great games to play that are simple:
1.) Kick or stomp leaves in the yard. If you are really fun loving, pile them up and play in them! Some of our best pictures are of our kids surrounded by leaves.
2.) Collect the “tree trash” under a tree. Look for the nuts, sticks, leaves, etc and talk about them with your children.
3.) Grab your sidewalk chalk, a bag of balls, and riding toys. Enjoy the last few cooler days before you have to bundle up for the snow!
4.) Take a cup or bucket out to collect interesting things.
5.) Bubbles are ALWAYS fun! One of our favorites was to use a cookie sheet or large pot with soapy water (really just need dishwashing soap and water) and dip spatulas, colander spoons, or all types of interesting kitchen things in the water and see which ones made the best bubbles. You will be surprised at the winner! We had a few cookie cutters that were excellent!
The point is to not let the shorter days and school schedules bog you down! Get outside and find your inner kid!
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