Here are some fun fall activities to share with your friends and family…
Here are some ideas to help you get started.
D-E-C-O-R-A-T-E your front porch or entryway with pumpkins or fall flowers in pots. Whether you are on a budget or this is your favorite time of year to decorate so you usually go all out, HGTV.com and HouseBeautiful.com offer a cornucopia of options to choose from.
G-I-V-I-N-G T-H-A-N-K-S is always more fun when shared together with friends and family. Create something that lasts not only for Thanksgiving Day but all through the season, such as a gratitude wreath filled with whatever you are thankful for. Using a basic wreath made of Styrofoam, grapevine or fabric, cut out different leaf colors, shapes and sizes to write a word or short message. Affix leaves to the wreath and your masterpiece is ready to hang.
If you have more space or would like to create a centerpiece to use at Thanksgiving, create a tree of thanks. Simply arrange some twigs in a vase, attach your gratitude leaves, then add some ribbon or pine cones to complete the masterpiece.
Y-A-R-D W-O-R-K can really be more play than work. Leaf blowers are not considered eco-friendly, so often the old-fashioned method of using a rake is best. Take care to choose the right rake that is the correct size to help prevent back strain. Leaf raking is a great workout, but remember gloves are helpful and closed-toe shoes are a must.
Older kids can compete to see who rakes the biggest piles fastest. And the younger ones can help pick out the perfect leaves to use later for craft projects.
B-I-R-D-S will be thankful if you set up a few feeders or add a birdhouse to your yard, for them to enjoy throughout fall and winter. Ready-made feeders are inexpensive and bird house kits are readily available for kids of all ages. Looking for a family craft project on a chilly or rainy day instead? Consider crafting a kid-friendly bird feeder, a pro-DIY birdhouse, or anything in between.