I know everyone has their favorite season, and for me hand’s down it’s Fall. Sure, I enjoy the warm lazy days of Summer, but there is just something about Fall that I makes me giddy. Maybe it’s the crisp fresh air and being able to pull out my comfy sweatshirts again. Or seeing the leaves transform into all shades of yellows, reds, and orange as the seasons change. Or the anticipation of having pumpkin and apple become the dominating fragrances and flavors everywhere you go. These are all some of the reasons I just love Fall.
For us Minnesotans though, Fall can also mean cooler days and nights and the sad realization that winter is coming. But instead of counting down the days wondering when the first real frost will hit or snowflakes fall, get out and enjoy the beautiful days of Fall!
My oldest is 3.5 years old and I remember her amazement last year (when she was 2.5) as we enjoyed the Fall season together. She seemed shocked everyday when we looked out the window and saw less green and more vibrant colors on the trees. And since children and natural hoarders (I mean… collectors), we would go pick up leaves and enjoy their colors. This year I know she is going to be able to enjoy this season even more as she is older and more aware.
It continues to amaze me how observant kids can be! From the migrating birds, to the squirrels gathering food for winter, and the leaves changing and falling, my daughter will be watching and noticing it all and asking questions. And what a great way to encourage her to learn!
So with September here, and October coming not too far behind, we are keeping it a goal to get outside and enjoy these days. They will go quickly and soon we will be wishing they lasted longer.
Take the time to enjoy a few extra minutes outside as a family. Go for a walk. Go to the park. Enjoy one last bike ride. Or maybe make a drive to a new place and enjoy the colorful views. This area is full of amazing places to enjoy being outside, so you have plenty of choices!
If you are looking for a fun way to get your kids to engage in nature around them be sure to check out this scavenger hunt! It’s a simple, yet interactive way to enjoy being outside and challenge your kids to observe what they see. And if you find that your older kids find it too easy, try timing them and see how quickly they can complete the list. Or have them race each other, or you in checking off the list. Sometimes a little competition can bring a new element of fun for older kids.
Enjoy Fall! And make sure you get outside on these fleeting September days!