As summer begins to wind down and fall emerges, it can be harder to keep your children active. The weather becomes slightly more unpredictable, and children spend hours each day sitting stagnant either in a classroom or in front of a laptop and virtual classroom. As fall brings crisper, cooler air, it is important to get our children outside before winter brings outdoor activities to a halt. Here are a few fun fall activities to keep your children active.
Spending your days enjoying activities that only occur during the fall is a great way to keep your kids active. Fall-centric activities offer unique opportunities that will keep your kids engaged all day long. Visit a pumpkin patch and walk the rows of pumpkins, or go apple picking. Whether you’re just walking the grounds, climbing apple trees, or lifting pumpkins, your kids will get the exercise they need. Even raking the leaves can be a fun activity for the whole family. Encourage your kids to help rake with the reward of jumping in the pile of leaves afterward.
Hike or Ride the Trails
The changing colors and scenery in fall make it a great time for a hike, bike ride, or even a horseback ride, if you’d like a more unique experience. Hiking is an easy, slow-paced activity where the whole family can enjoy the scenery and stay active. Bike rides and horseback riding are great fall activities for more adventurous children. Bike rides and horseback riding can be miserable in the summer heat, but the break in the weather and beautiful fall colors on the trails make fall rides much more pleasant. Make sure your children are geared up for the ride with the proper bike and riding helmets, and even a proper fitting saddle and bike to keep them safe and secure on potentially uneven trails.
If your children are bouncing off the walls with energy after long school days, consider trying out fall sports. Sports such as soccer, football, softball, and baseball all offer fall seasons. Getting your children into sports is one of the best ways to keep them consistently active. Team sports also teach them important life lessons, such as teamwork and confidence, and can help them build new friendships.
Fall-themed activities like apple picking, raking leaves, hitting the trails, and enrolling your children in falls sports are just a few fun fall activities to keep your children active.