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Fall Fun

We have been having so much fun celebrating the fall season. In past years, we have kind of gone straight from Halloween to Christmas and skipped over fall, so we are really enjoying all the fall activities this year. Here are some of the fun things we have done:

Turkey Playdoh

turkey playdoh invitation to play

Supplies:

– Play doh in brown, red, orange, and yellow

– Feathers (you could also collect leaves to use as the turkey’s feathers)

– Orange Pipe Cleaner cut into small pieces

– Googly eyes

turkey playdoh activity

Fall Leaves Playdoh Mat

fall leaves playdoh mat is a fun fall activity

I also printed out and laminated a fall playdoh mat from Tot Schooling. We had a lot of fun making leaves for our tree. We even made a game out of it by each selecting a play doh color and seeing who could make and place the most leaves on the tree. This site had tons of other fun playdoh mats so we will definitely be making more next fall. Plus since they are laminated, they are something we can use year after year.

Turkey Counting and Color Matching Activities

turkey counting playdoh activity

color sorting turkey feathers

I used printables from A Little Pinch of Perfect to set up a few different, fun activities for the boys. We used the turkey feathers for some color matching. We also used some playdoh and did some counting activities while making turkeys. The kids had a lot of fun with these educational printables.

Handprint Turkeys

turkey handprint craft

turkey handprint art

I am a sucker for handprint art, so I really wanted to make handprint turkeys with the boys. I found so many options on Pinterest, but the handprint feather one was my favorite. I made a few changes and love how it turned out. While we had the paint out, I couldn’t help but make the single hand turkeys as well. I made these with the boys on each of their first Thanksgivings and thought it would be so fun to compare the size of their hands now to the baby handprints.

Feed the Turkey

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

feed the turkey is a fun activity that helps with counting and fine motor skills

My boys loved this activity from Busy Toddler. I used a milk jar from the dollar section of target, some construction paper and googly eyes to make my turkey. Then placed a bag of pom poms into a bowl. We used our handy helper tongs I bought at Walmart and borrowed a spinner from a board game (you could also use dice). The boys took turns spinning the spinner, picking up that number of pom poms and placing them into the turkey. They both had so much fun with this activity!

Turkey Thankful For You Cards

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

thankful turkey craft

Luc begs to water color and color every single day, so when Ashley from The Littles and Me posted this project I knew I wanted to do it. The boys had so much fun using watercolors and kwikstix to paint and color their turkeys and feathers. Hudson even cut his feathers out and both boys glued the feathers to the turkeys. These will make the perfect gift for Luc’s Grandma and Nonna on Thanksgiving.

Fall Leaf Banner

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

This was the perfect activity for my water color loving little boy. For all the details, check out this post.

Thankful Tree

thankful tree - paint leaves then each member of the family writes what they are thankful for

We had so much painting our leaves to make fall banners that we had a few leaves left over. I used the extra leaves and our black Halloween tree to make a thankful tree. We have spent a few evenings talking about what we are thankful for and writing those things on our leaves. It has been a lot of fun to hear what the kids are thankful for (things like snacks and toys, hehe). I can’t wait to add the leaves to my scrapbook after we are done admiring our tree.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

It wouldn’t be fall without some baking. For all the details on these fun, mini pumpkin pies, check out this post.

Fall Shelfie

best books for fall and a cute way to display them

We have had so much fun reading books about Autumn, being thankful, turkeys and Thanksgiving. For all the details on our fall shelfie, check out this post.

Playing in the Leaves

playing in the leaves is the perfect fall activity

Since we live in Southern California, we don’t really get the full fall experience like most people do, but we do have a few trees near our house that change colors and lose their leaves. We have taken a few walks to play in the leaves and it is so fun. Even I wanted to pick up a pile and throw them in the air. There is just something about playing in leaves that truly makes it feel like fall.

 

kid tested and approved fun fall activities. Tons of Pinterest' best activities and art projects for fall and Thanksgiving

These activities were all pretty easy and lots of fun. I hope they inspire you to have some fall fun with your family.

the best kid books for fall and a cute way to display them

Fall Shelfie

We have had so much fun changing Hudson’s bookshelf for each holiday. I have always had a love for holiday books and as a result we own way too many so using the bookshelf in his room to display some of them has been perfect and oh so fun. It is exciting for Hudson to have a few holiday decorations in his room and it gets him even more excited about reading. Fall is the holiday we had the least amount of books for. We only had a few Scholastic Books that I’ve bought over the years to support the boys’ schools, so I bought a few new ones on Amazon to fill our shelves. We have been having so much fun reading new books each night. So far our favorites are I Love to Gobble You Up! and Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving. Our fall bookshelf with links to all the books are listed below. What are your favorite fall books?

best fall books and a cute way to display them

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The Great Turkey Race

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

The Very Stuffed Turkey

Llama Llama Gives Thanks

Where is Baby’s Turkey

Biscuit is Thankful

Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

I Love to Gobble You Up!

10 Fat Turkeys

Amazing Autumn

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DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Garland

I haven’t decorated for fall in years, but decided to this year and I am so glad I did. I mean, I will most likely regret the decision when I am frantically putting up Christmas decorations, but for now, I’m going to enjoy it.

I decided to keep things really simple. I used a few decorations that had been collecting dust in the garage, re-purposed some of my Halloween decor and made a few leaf garlands. The leaf garlands are without a doubt my favorite addition to the house. It cost me less than $10 to make (and that’s including the felt ball garland, which I already had), the kids were able to help me and it didn’t take long to complete. Plus, Luc is really into water coloring these days so I figured I might as well put him to work. 😉 The fact that he helped make the leaves makes the decorations extra special.

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

To make one, you will need the following:

Felt Ball Garland in white

Mini clothespins

White cardstock paper

Scissors

Watercolors

 

Directions:

  1. Search google or Pinterest to find a leaf template. There are tons available. I used this one, but had to enlarge it and make a few adjustments. Unfortunately, I can’t offer the one I altered as a printable, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find a leaf template you like.
  2. Print out the leaves on white cardstock.
  3. Use red, orange, yellow and brown watercolors to paint the leaves.
  4. Once dry, cut out leaves.
  5. Using the mini clothespins, hang the leaves on the garland.

*As another option, you could punch holes in the leaves (one on each side of the top like a banner) and string them up. That is what I did for the garland hanging in my kitchen.*

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor

This really was a fun and easy project that added a bit of color and “fall feel” to our house. It also gave my simple garland a whole new life and looks so beautiful hanging from my mantle. I hope this inspires you to create some fall decor of your own. Happy Fall Y’all! 🙂

DIY Fall Leaf Garland - inexpensive and easy to make - perfect to add a touch of fall to your decor