Does this sound familiar? You’re staying indoors more now the weather’s getting colder. It’s becoming harder to keep your toddler busy! A fall bucket list printable is just what you need. With this template, you’ll never run out of things to do.
It’s officially Autumn here in the UK. The weather is getting colder and it’s so much easier to stay indoors all day. Before having kids I would have done just that. But now I have a 1 year old, I don’t want to fall into that trap. My toddler sleeps better and for longer when he’s had fresh air. My husband and I can enjoy our evenings in peace. And I don’t have to deal with a whiny toddler the next day!
But I always lack the motivation to go outside when it’s cold. I wonder if it’s just me?
So, I made a fall bucket list printable to help. I’ve put it on our fridge as a quick reminder.
Now I have no excuse not to go outside! Ha!
Anyway, It’s so cute, I thought I’d share it.
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Fun Things to do in October (Outdoors)
But before I show you it, I wanted to talk about the things I’ve added to our autumn to-do list. There’s a mix of indoor and outdoor ideas to keep kids busy.
Visit a Corn Maze
Get lost in a corn maze. The corn is usually taller than you, so it’s not as easy as you might think!
Most apples are ready to pick in October. You can tell if an apple is ripe and ready if it comes off the tree in your hand after you’ve given it a slight twist. If you’re still unsure, check that the seeds are brown when you slice it open.
Go to a Bonfire Night
Bonfire night is a British tradition. It marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. They often involve fireworks too.
Kids are mesmerized by fireworks so take them to a display in your local area. Fireworks can be very loud, depending on where you stand. So make sure you buy some noise-reducing earmuffs to prevent hearing loss. Limiting the noise will also stop the loud bangs from scaring your kids.
Spot all the different colours autumn has to offer with a walk in some gardens or woodlands. Kids can freely explore and burn off energy.
Go On a Nature Hunt
Collect autumnal treasures that have fallen from the trees. Acorn cups and twigs are some of my 1-year-olds favourites. He often holds them all the way to the car! Need ideas of what to look for? Download a fall scavenger hunt free printable to help.
Play in the Leaves
This is a must for any autumn to-do list! Our garden is full of leaves so we don’t need to drive anywhere for this one. My toddler also loves clearing them up, which is great for me.
Collect Leaves and Use Them For Activities
Create a colour sorting activity with leaves. If your toddler’s too small for this, let them explore the leaves and paint with them instead.
Conkers are fun for kids to collect. They’re even better if you can find ones still in their shells.
Jump in Puddles
Turn wet and miserable days into fun-filled adventures by jumping in muddy puddles. Good wellies and a puddle suit will keep them dry. Your car and house won’t need a deep clean either!
Fly a Kite
The windy fall weather makes it the perfect time to fly a kite.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Get kids searching for the biggest and roundest pumpkin in the patch. This is a new one for us this year. I can’t wait to go!
Go Trick or Treating
Let your kids show off their spooky Halloween costumes to the whole neighbourhood by trick or treating. We probably won’t be able to go this year because of Covid-19. But I still plan to take my toddler to knock on his Nanny’s door.
Fun Things to do Indoors During Fall
Sometimes you don’t want to go outside on wet and gloomy days. Here are some things on our bucket list that you can do indoors instead.
Make a Fall Craft
Make a Pie
Use apples, blackberries and other fruits you’ve collected on your adventures to make a pie. Even the smallest of tots can get involved and help you cook. A learning tower lets them safely stand next to you at the kitchen counter. Standing next to me like this is one of my toddler’s favourite things to do. He shouts if he sees me cooking dinner without him and he loves to stir whenever he can!
Decorate Your House
Decorate a Pumpkin
Younger kids can’t carve pumpkins but it doesn’t mean they have to miss out. Have them decorate their pumpkin with paint and stickers instead.
Pumpkin Sensory Bin
Make the most of your pumpkin and use the insides to create an easy, messy sensory bin. Your kids can explore as much as they want. Take advantage of the peace and quiet to actually carve the pumpkin! Worried about the mess? Create a clean, squishy sensory bag instead.
Dress Up For Halloween
Dressing up for Halloween is the best bit! You don’t need the excuse of trick or treating to dress up though. Kids will love playing in their costumes whilst they’re at home too. This type of play also helps develop their imagination and creativity. Need some outfit inspiration? Check out these awesome and adorable Halloween costumes for toddlers.
Read Fall Books
Explain the concept of this season by reading books about fall to your kids. There are so many fun stories out there. Check out the most popular fall stories for toddlers here.
So give it a go.
Download the free printable bucket list and start it with your kids today.
There are 2 pages versions in this download. With the first one, kids can colour in the leaves as they complete an activity on the list. The second one already has the leaves coloured in but you can still tick off the things as you go.
Autumn/fall can look very different depending on where you live. So I’ve created a blank fall bucket list printable as well.
What will the first thing on your list be? Let me know in the comments below.