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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.

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

Mini Pumpkin Pies

The kids and I made mini pumpkin pies the other day. It was so much fun and they turned out really cute. For some reason, things always seem cuter in bite sized form, don’t they? Whenever I make pie, I always use pie cutters to make decorative toppings, which makes them extra fun. Plus, cutting them out of the dough is sort of like playing with play doh so of course the boys love it! I really enjoy our time together in the kitchen and hope that they will look back on these special memories fondly.

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

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

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

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

Mini Pumpkin Pies

My favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe made in mini form.


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Credit: Pumpkin Pie Recipe is from Parents Magazine November 2004

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (comes with 2 sheets) Pillsbury refrigerated pie dough
  • 4 inch round cookie or biscuit cutter (I used the pie cutter from my Breville electric pie maker, but I am going to buy the cutter set I linked for future baking)
  • Pie crust cutters (mine are from Williams Sonoma a few years ago, but they usually offer a variation of them every year. I also found these similar ones on Amazon)
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk in eggs, vanilla, pumpkin and evaporated milk.
  4. Slightly roll out pie crust dough.
  5. Use round cutter to cut circles from the two sheets of dough. I was able to make 12 mini pies with re-rolling and had leftovers to make the decorative toppings.
  6. Gently, push the dough into the muffin pan. I used the finger pinching technique to crimp the edges (with the thumb and index finger of one hand pinch the outside edge of the crust while pressing from the inside with the index finger on the other hand).
  7. Pour pumpkin mixture into pie crusts (I had leftover pie filling – so if you want to buy more of the dough you could easily make more pies)
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to 350 degrees then bake an additional 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.
  11. Refrigerate if serving the next day.
  12. Serve at room temperature with whipped cream.
  13. For decorative pie toppings:

  14. Roll out dough and use pie cutters for decorative toppings.
  15. Place all cutouts on a silpat lined cookie sheet
  16. Put a little egg wash on them (one egg lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons of water)
  17. Bake them in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. (keep an eye on them because mine always cook quickly).
  18. Once cool, place on top of cooled mini pumpkin pies.

For another fun pumpkin pie idea, check out this post.

fancy pumpkin pie using cookie and pie crust cutters

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to pin it to Pinterest. πŸ™‚ Happy Baking!mini pumpkin pies - so cute, perfect Thanksgiving dessert and a fun baking activity with kids

fancy pumpkin pie using cookie and pie crust cutters

How to Make Your Pumpkin Pie Look Fancy

I know I haven’t been blogging here long, but if you haven’t already noticed, I use the word easy a lot. πŸ™‚

I love crafting, baking and party planning, but if I can cut a corner or make my life easier in any way, I am taking it. I am constantly juggling a million things, have two little kids who have an insane amount of energy and I’ve gotten very little sleep in the past 4 years (sounds familiar, right?) so as much as I love making elaborate creations, I have had to compromise. With the holidays coming up, I just wanted to share a really simple way to fancy up your pumpkin pie, although these would work for any pie.

pumpkin pie and cookie cutters for fancy pumpkin pie

My first trick is that I always buy Pillsbury refrigerated dough. I know, I know! I honestly can’t tell the difference between this and homemade and everyone who has tried my pies agrees, so I save myself the time and effort by skipping homemade crust. I like the Pillsbury dough for a number of reasons. First of all, you place it in your real pie dish so it looks like you made it (I have gotten tons of compliments on my pie crust-I always share my secret, but again, this just re-enforces my corner cutting ways). Second, it comes with a second crust that I use for decorating. I don’t have to roll it out and I am guaranteed to have my designs be the perfect thickness, which is a double bonus because I am terrible at rolling out dough. (I really wish Pillsbury were paying me to write this, but I just really am a fan of their product ;)).

pumpkin pie cutters and cookie cutters

I use Williams Sonoma pie crust cutters, which are amazing! You push it in and it cuts and presses a design on the dough, then pops it out. I am a huge fan of these! I also bought a mini ABC cookie cutter set from Amazon so that I could cut out letters. I was really happy with how easy they were to use (I used a knife to gently push the dough out) and think they will be fun for tons of different baking projects.

pumpkin pie cutters from williams sonoma

I placed all my cutouts on a silpat lined cookie sheet, put a little egg wash on them (one egg lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons of water) and baked them in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

williams sonoma pumpkin pie cutters and cookie cutters for fancy pumpkin pie

Once the decorations and your pie are cool, you can decorate away. And if you are an over-achieving mom who makes her pie crust from scratch (I use that term with love as I am a total over-achiever), you can still use these cutters and impress all your family and friends even more than you already are. πŸ™‚

pumpkin pie cutters and cookie cutters for fancy pumpkin pie