The fall weather is enjoyed by many since it typically is not too hot or too cold. This presents the perfect time to introduce kids to eco-friendly activities. Not only are these activities great for providing exercise, but they are also a great way to get out of the house and possibly meet new people. Here are four fun ways to get the kids and/or the whole family involved in some "green fun."
Hiking at a state park: Before the weather gets too cold, hiking is a great activity for the whole family. If a national state park is near, it is a great way to learn more about the park’s history while getting in some great exercise. A bonus may be the sighting of a forest animal and breathtaking views of fall foliage.
Picnic at the park: Local parks are bound to be a lot of fun for the kids with exciting features such as swings, jungle gyms, and twisting slides. Most kids are not ready to go home regardless of how long you have been there; so packing a lunch for a picnic comes in handy. Kids can help make their sandwiches and accompanying snacks, and the fall breeze makes it perfect weather for relaxing on blankets and enjoying a bite to eat for getting back to playing.
Visit a local farm: Fall weather is the perfect time to also visit local farms. Most farms have fun activities such as pumpkin patches for kids to get for carving or apple picking. Hayrides are also popular, and the scenery is usually perfect for fall pictures. Farms are great for spending the whole day and having loads of fun.
DIY Projects: Fall decorations for inside and outside the house can be made with many natural items. Kids can let their creative juices flow by finding things outside to decorate. Acorns, leaves, twigs are just few things that can be used for natural centerpieces or fireplace mantel décor.
These are just a few ways to show kids that reducing their impact on the environment doesn’t mean that the activities will not be as fun. Moreover, it is a great way to learn more about nature and the beautiful transition from Summer to Fall.