Fall Brings Time for Play

by Melanie Edwards on October 11, 2010 · 4 comments

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Girl in autumn park

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The normal fall activities that you are probably accustomed to doing with your kids are not ones I’ve ever done. The pumpkin or apple picking, hayrides, and leaf raking are things I did not grow up doing nor have I done them since becoming an adult. A couple of reasons probably contribute to this: I’ve always lived in places with tropical weather (Puerto Rico and Florida) and they are not customs traditional to the Puerto Rican culture.

Since neither Puerto Rico nor Florida have a true change of season when autumn arrives, not many trees really shed leaves for us to rake. I can’t really remember the last time I’ve had to rake leaves. It was probably many many years ago. Some of the other fall activities are ones that my family never did. Now that I have a family of my own, perhaps in the coming years we’ll participate in apple picking or browsing a pumpkin patch. I’m sure our baby girl and soon-to-be baby boy will eventually hear of these traditions and ask for them to be introduced into our families. And so, traditions and cultures evolve.

Still, even without such activities, fall does allow for more outside time in Florida. The intense heat begins to die down and we even get some days that include a nice breeze. We definitely get to enjoy more time at the park, local amusement parks, and just taking a walk by one of the many lakes nearby.

Children's playground

Of course, when you have a busy schedule every week, full of work and school, you sometimes have to make the time to go play and have fun. We try hard to make weekends fun. There are definitely those weekends where we need to concentrate on errands or housework, but even then, we try to make at least one fun outing in between the chores. For example, we may clean up around the house in the morning, then take the afternoon and head to the park for baby girl to run around and play on the playground.

Living in Orlando, we’re of course lucky to also live close to many amusement parks. Our family holds annual passes to one of the parks, so we can often head out for a day (or half-day) of fun – especially now that the weather will be more bearable.

We may not do traditional fall activities, yet, but we still manage to have fun and have time together as a family to play. Maybe this year we’ll check out a pumpkin patch and see how we like it.

How do you make time for play and what are some of your favorite fall activities?

Disclosure: I am a Shout Brand Ambassador through a compensated Mom Bloggers Club member program. This post was written in conjunction with the program, but all opinions and thoughts are original.

Shout wants you to know: Shout knows play is so much more than fun and games. Studies show that unstructured play helps kids build fundamental skills like problem solving, coping, and conflict resolution. In other words: play is how kids become happy, healthy adults. Fall has arrived with crisp, cool air and new reasons to go out and play. So, let your kids take that rewarding jump into a pile of leaves. Take at trip to the park and watch their imaginations run free. The one thing you won’t do is worry about their clothes; play should get messy and Shout can help.

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1 AnaV October 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

My son loves helping in the kitchen during this time. It seems we bake desserts more often or make special treats. It’s not only fun, but I love that he is actually reading and measuring for the different recipes.

2 modernmami October 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Cooking is a wonderful way to introduce various math skills. And kids enjoy it so much, too!

3 Monica October 25, 2010 at 2:55 am

This year we visited our first pumpkin farm ever and my kids had a BLAST! We also do LOTS of leaf and pine needle raking. I think I counted 26 trees in our front yard alone. Mostly pine. So, yes, my kids get dirty from playing outside.

We also redo our nature table in the fall. First we put away all those summer doodads we’ve been collecting all summer, like shells, rocks, nests, feathers, seeds, etc. And then we replace them with acorns, leaves, cocoons, moss, etc.

4 modernmami October 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

What great fall activities!

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