Exploring Fall with Your Little One
Now is a wonderful time to introduce your little one to the fall season by taking him on a journey of discovery with color, texture, and shapes! Check out these fun fall activities that will get the two of you outdoors and exploring together.
One of the most wonderful things about autumn for adults and children alike is watching the trees erupt in riotous color. No matter how many times you see it, it never gets old, and watching your little one take in nature’s marvels for the very first time can be a wonderful experience. Go on a nature walk and talk to your baby as you point out vivid shades of yellow, orange, and red. Take turns holding different colored leaves up close to him. He’ll be captivated by the bright colors!
Visiting the pumpkin patch is a favorite fall activity for children and parents and a great photo opp, so make sure you bring a camera! Walk among the rows of orange pumpkins with your little one, patting them with his little hand to introduce him to the bumpy texture. Discover pumpkins of various sizes, from the tiniest ones that baby can hold to the large ones that can barely be lifted off the ground. If your baby is old enough to walk, follow closely behind as he explores the different pumpkins on the patch, and perhaps he’ll even pick one out to bring home! Once you’re home, let baby watch as you draw a face on the pumpkin with marker.
Your local apple orchard is also a great place to spend an afternoon together. Describe what you are doing as you walk through the orchard. Pluck an apple from a tree. Bring it to baby’s nose so he can take in the scent, and let him grasp it in his hands. Demonstrate how you put it in the basket a few times, then hand him an apple and see if he can do the same. If the orchard offers fresh pressed apple cider, take caution, as it’s unpasteurized and may not be safe for baby to drink.
What are some activities you and your little one plan to enjoy together this fall? Share your ideas in the comments!