The changing of seasons brings out new activities to do with the entire family. It is a beautiful time of year to go to fall festivals, bake in the kitchen with family and friends and look at the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend looking at your local calendar to partake in events going on in your area.
I have compiled five family activities that we love during the Fall season.Apple Picking
My family’s favorite activity during the fall is apple picking. This is such an awesome way to show kids how apples are grown. We then take them home to make an apple pie together in the kitchen. My kids love to bake with me and no matter how large the mess is, I love them right alongside me in the kitchen.
Another fall activity is making caramel apples with the kids. You can have so much fun with this. I like to fill a few bowls with white chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel. The kids can dip their apples and then choose toppings like coconut, almonds, walnuts or chocolate morsels. Charcuterie Boards
Whenever my kids see me taking out one of my cutting boards, they run into the kitchen. Sometimes I have a hard time filling the board because they start eating all the goodies 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 laying out your larger ingredients first. For this board, it was the Halloween cookies. The last ingredient on my board is always the “filler.” I use chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to fill in the gaps and space that is leftover. Baked Apple Cider Donuts
We love to make apple donuts during this season. I love to surprise the kids with a treat when they get home from school. They are always hungry when they get home and what a better treat then something baked by mom?
1 3/4 Cups Flour
1 1/4 t baking powder
3/4 t sea salt
2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t 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 oven to 350 degrees, Lightly grease donut pans. In a medium bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg, and then whisk.
In a bowl with paddle attachment, cream 10 tablespoons of butter, brown sugar and 1/4 cup of sugar on medium until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix then the vanilla.
Add the flour mixture, apple cider until combined. Scrape the bowl to make sure the batter is combined.
Spoon the batter into donut pans filling them two-thirds of the way. Bake until evenly golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean 12-15 minutes.
While the donuts bake, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, melt 6 tablespoons butter in the microwave. Let the donuts cool 5 minutes and then take them out of the pan, brush with the melted butter and dredge them in the cinnamon and sugar while they are still warm. Salt Dough Ghost Hand Prints
When I take out our seasonal boxes, I love going through all of my kids crafts over the years. We always make the salt dough hand prints for the holidays. It is so nice to see how their little hands have grown. For the Fall season, we made ghost hand prints.
I molded the kids hands and we baked the dough in the oven. Once the dough was cooled and dried out, I gave the hand prints to them to paint. Our objective was to make their hands look like ghosts. We painted them white and then gave them pink rosy cheeks. We used a fine paint brush to define their eyes and mouth.
Salt Dough Recipe
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
3/4 Cup Water
To make the dough, mix the flour, salt and water. If your dough is too dry, add more water to the mixture. If is is too wet, add more flour. Next, roll out your dough and imprint your child’s hands and then cut around the edges. Do not forget to poke a hole in the handprint before baking. I use the end of a skewer and poke a hole at the top of the cut out. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours and let cool. Then you are ready to paint. Apple Tree Craft
Another creative craft for kids is to make an apple tree. I love crafts that incorporate their hands. I used brown and green construction paper and red paint. I simply traced their hands and arms on a brown piece of construction paper. It can get intricate so they will definitely need help in cutting out their hands. To make the apples, you can use a dot stick or you can have them dip their fingertip in paint and apply it to the tree for apples.
Their are so many crafts and activities you can partake in with your kids this season. They can be as easy as a craft or baking in the kitchen. The most important thing is spending one on one time with the kids and making memories that you will all cherish forever.
Amanda Piscitelli is a mom of three from Wallingford, a business owner and blogger of Livingwithamanda.com where she talks about motherhood, lifestyle and home decor. Instagram.com/livingwithamanda