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Toddler Celebrations: Fall

Activities

Take a trip to a pumpkin patch.  Visit Pumpkin Patches and More to find one in your area.  Many pumpkin patches offer a variety of autumn activities for your family, such as corn mazes and hay rides--great ways to celebrate the season together.

Try apple picking!  Pick Your Own offers state-by-state listings of farms where you can pick your own produce.

See how many different leaf colors you can spot.  Take a walk around your neighborhood or a park.  Help your toddler identify as many colors of leaves as you can find.

Jump in the leaves!  Pile up the leaves in your yard and show your little one how to jump in them.  If you don't have enough trees in your yard, consider visiting a local park for this activity.

Treats

Apples are a wonderful fall treat.  Try dipping them in Peanutty Yogurt Dip from Wholesometoddlerfood.com (scroll down to the Dippin Sauces section).

Pumpkin bread or muffins can be a healthy treat.  Pumpkin bread gives your toddler a taste of fall, plus the nutritious benefits of this autumn fruit.  This is one recipe we've used before, and it would also be tasty if you left out the cream cheese filling.

Make applesauce in your crockpot.  Your toddler can help by adding the ingredients to the crockpot.  We use this recipe from the blog A Year of Crockpotting, but I do recommend using less lemon juice than it calls for.

Pumpkin Apple Butter: We enjoy this recipe for pumpkin apple butter from the Juicy Juice website.

 Crafts

Leaf Collection: Go on a walk around the neighborhood or a park and collect colorful fall leaves.  Make a leaf collage by gluing them to paper or sandwiching them between two sheets of clear contact paper.

Make leaf rubbings by placing leaves under a sheet of thin paper.  Rub a peeled crayon sideways over the paper to show the pattern the leaves make.

Maize collage: Cut a long, skinny oval shape from paper (resembling an ear of corn).  Cut out small circles from yellow and brown paper (a circle punch would work well for this).  Help your child glue the kernels of corn onto the ear.

Painted leaf: Cut a large leaf shape from paper.  Let your child color it with red, yellow, or orange paint or markers.

Fall finger painting: Provide your toddler red, yellow, and orange finger paints to make a picture with.  After the painting dries, draw or trace leaf shapes (try tracing these leaf coloring sheets) onto the painting and cut them out for your child.  You could glue the leaves onto a card for a friend or hang them around your house.

Color a leaf: Fall leaf coloring sheets are available here at About.com's New England Travel page.

Books

Fall Harvest, by Gail Saunders Smith

Apples and Pumpkins, by Anne Rockwell 

It's Fall!, by Linda Glaser

Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert

Autumn is for Apples, by Michelle Knudsen

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, by Lois Ehlert

Apples to Applesauce, by Inez Snyder

Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic, by Steven Schnur

The Apple Pie Tree, by Zoe Hall