The change of seasons gives rise to new activities to do with the whole family. It’s a great time of year to go to fall festivals, cook in the kitchen with family and friends, and take in the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend that you check your local calendar to participate in events happening in your area.
I have compiled five family activities that we love during the fall season.
My family’s favorite fall activity is apple picking. It’s a great way to show kids how apples are grown. We then take them home to bake apple pie together in the kitchen. My kids love to cook with me and no matter how big the mess, I love them right next to me in the kitchen.
Another fall activity is making caramel apples with the kids. You can have so much fun with it. I like to fill a few bowls with white chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel. Kids can dip their apples and then choose toppings like coconut, almonds, walnuts or pieces of chocolate.
Every time my kids see me pull out one of my cutting boards, they run into the kitchen. Sometimes I have a hard time filling the table because they start eating all the treats before I can finish. I love making these seasonal boards. They are perfect for an after dinner treat around the outdoor fire. You can also bring a board to a Halloween party.
My most important rule of thumb for these boards is to lay out your larger ingredients first. For this board, it was Halloween cookies. The last ingredient on my board is always the âfillerâ. I use chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to fill in the gaps and the space that is left.
We love to make apple fritters this season. I like to surprise children with a treat when they come home from school. They are always hungry when they get home and what better treat than something cooked by mom?
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups baking powder
3/4 cup sea salt
2 cups ground cinnamon
1/2 cup nutmeg
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup apple cider
Heat the oven to 350 degrees, Lightly grease the donut molds. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg, then whisk.
In a bowl fitted with a spatula, cream 10 tablespoons of butter, brown sugar and 1/4 cup of sugar over medium heat until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix then the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture and apple cider until blended. Scrape the bowl to make sure the dough is well mixed.
Pour the batter into donut molds, filling them two-thirds full. Bake until evenly browned and a toothpick comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes.
While the donuts cook, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl. In a separate bowl, melt 6 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Let the donuts cool for 5 minutes then take them out of the pan, brush them with melted butter and pass them in cinnamon and sugar while they are still hot.
When I take out our seasonal boxes, I enjoy browsing all of my children’s crafts over the years. We always make the handprints in salt dough for the holidays. It’s so nice to see how their little hands have grown. For the fall season, we did some ghost handprints.
I modeled the children’s hands and we baked the dough in the oven. After the paste cooled and dried, I gave them the handprints to paint. Our goal was to make their hands look like ghosts. We painted them white and then gave them rosy and rosy cheeks. We used a thin brush to define their eyes and mouth.
Salt dough recipe
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
3/4 cup water
To make the dough, combine the flour, salt and water. If your dough is too dry, add more water to the mixture. If it is too wet, add more flour. Then roll out your dough and print your child’s hands then cut out around the edges. Remember to make a hole in the handprint before cooking. I use the end of a skewer and make a hole at the top of the cutout. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours and let cool. Then you are ready to paint.
Another creative craft for kids is to make an apple tree. I like crafts that incorporate their hands. I used brown and green construction paper and red paint. I simply traced their hands and arms on a piece of brown construction paper. It can get complex, so they will definitely need help cutting their hands. To make the apples you can use a polka dot stick or you can dip their fingertips in paint and apply it to the apple tree.
There are so many crafts and activities that you can participate in with your kids this season. They can be as simple as a DIY or baking in the kitchen. The most important thing is to spend time alone with the kids and to create memories that you will all cherish forever.
Amanda Piscitelli is a mom of three from Wallingford, a business owner and blogger at Livingwithamanda.com where she talks about motherhood, lifestyle and home decor. Instagram.com/livingwithamanda