6 Fall Activities to Do With the Kids You Babysit

By Alicia Geigel on October 5, 2021

It’s officially fall! The leaves are changing and the temperatures are starting to drop, which means taking part in all sorts of fun fall activities with the kids you babysit. Sure you could do the normal stuff like putting puzzles together or playing hide-and-go-seek, but with this beautiful change of scenery, why not switch up the activity routines and do something different?

Are you a babysitter? Looking for ways to incorporate the changing season into your daily activities and liven things up? Here are seven fall-themed activities to do with your kids!

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1. Go Pumpkin Picking: Fun for both adults and children alike, pumpkin picking is a quintessential activity that should be obligatory at the start of every fall season. Though the pandemic is still ongoing, you can make this activity safe and fun by wearing masks, practicing safe social distancing, and limiting your time out. Have each of the kids roam around and select a pumpkin that’s relative to their own size, oh, and don’t forget to snap a couple pictures for mom and dad! Once they have picked out their pumpkins, get a kid-friendly carving kit and paints to decorate together.

2. Make Fall-Themed Goodies: Nothing quite says fall like pumpkin spice and everything nice. One way to keep your kids engaged while learning at the same time is to make fall-themed meals and treats with them! Scope out some simple, kid-approved recipes on Pinterest and get going! There are so many different snacks and treats to make, such as hot dog mummies, spooky deviled eggs, pumpkin bread, caramel apples, and so much more. These goodies don’t have to be elaborate and you can take the brunt of any difficult work each recipe requires, but let the kids have fun mixing, filling, or assembling the snacks!

3. Watch Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies: On a rainy day or a day when the kids are feeling low-energy, Halloween movies are always there to lend a helping hand. A few great kid-friendly Halloween movies include: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Hocus Pocus, and the Scooby-Doo movies. Make a fort with pillows and blankets, make sure everyone has a drink and a snack, then sit back and relax while watching the movie. Doing this can especially be a nice treat if the kids have gotten chores or homework done!

4. Go Outside and Collect Leaves: Another fall-themed, fun activity to do with the kids is to collect leaves from outside. The best part of this? You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home and it is totally free. Create a game around picking and collecting leaves with the kids, such as seeking leaves by a specific color or shape and then go back inside to sort through each child’s collection to see what treasures they found! You could even make this special by dating the leaf and having each kid write their name on it and putting it in a picture frame! This piece of sentimental decor would be a guaranteed winner with the parents and a fun project for the kids.

5. Create Homemade Halloween Costumes: With Halloween quickly approaching, what’s the fun of just going to the store and buying a costume? Instead of opting for a store-bought costume this year, consider making your own special Halloween costume with the kids at home with clothes they already have and inexpensive supplies you can get from your nearby craft store. Doing this can showcase each child’s creative side and give them more freedom on how they want to look for Halloween. You can give them the inspiration to draw from with sites like Instagram or Pinterest or allow them to completely start from scratch. Either way, it is bound to make lasting memories in the process.

6. Do Some DIY Crafts: Along with other activities that can occupy the kids you babysit, DIY crafts are another way to embrace the true essence of fall in unique and creative ways. For instance, the Dollar Store typically has fall-themed fall signs such as pumpkins or leaves along with assortments of paints- encourage your kids to go wild and get in touch with their inner artist! Another fun and meaningful craft idea are to make grateful leaves for the kids to hang around the house. Grab construction paper, cut out stencil shapes of leaves, and have each kid write at least three things they are grateful for on each leaf.

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As a babysitter, it can be difficult to keep your kids entertained, engaged, and happy while doing the same boring routine you are used to. While some things are completely necessary and should always remain unchanged, others, such as playful activities, can sometimes need a bit of sprucing up. While you may be limited in terms of where you can go and what you can because of the pandemic, these fall-filled activities will leave your kids happy and you in the sprint of the season!

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