While it may not feel like fall outside here in sunny Florida, there are pumpkins and fall themed decor all around us! There’s nothing like celebrating a new season with our children with crafts and weekend adventures. Welcome the season with one of these fun fall activities that can help your children build sensory and development skills, while creating meaningful memories together.


Fall Sensory Bin

Putting together a fall sensory bin is a simple way to help your child practice their fine motor skills. This activity is great for toddlers and preschoolers.

To make this sensory bin you’ll need the following items: One plastic bin or container, Popcorn kernels, Small fall items like leaves, pumpkins, pinecones, etc, and Measuring cups – you can use any kind of scoops, spoons or cups that you have on hand.

Allow your child to scoop, pour and dump the items from the sensory bin to strengthen their fine motor skills.  


Read some of these autumn-themed children’s books.

Reading to your child from birth helps you fill their brains with words and thoughts that make all the difference to their happiness and future. It also helps build a strong and trusting bond between you and your child. Here are a few fall-themed children’s books to read to or with your child. Youtube is also a great source for read-aloud books. Check out this Clifford’s First Autumn read aloud. 


Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Are you looking for a fun family outing? Visit Dave’s Pumpkin Patch! Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is located in the Brandon/Valrico Area at the corner of Parson and Lumsden Avenue. At Dave’s Pumpkin Patch you will find all kinds of pumpkins, corn stalks, straw bales, hay bales, firewood and more. This is the perfect family outing for your child to explore and have fun with all things fall while creating memories that will last a lifetime. 


Decorate a pumpkin

Pick up a pumpkin from your local pumpkin patch or grocery store and decorate it with your child. You can use markers, stickers, paint or even carve it! The possibilities are endless. Once the decorating is done, take a photo and share your child’s masterpiece with family and friends. 




Classic handprint turkey

Everyone loves making the classic handprint turkey. Get creative with the colors and decorations used to create the turkey. This is a great opportunity to allow your child to explore their creativity and for you to help them work on recognizing their colors, shapes and numbers. 





Links to resources:

101 Fun Fall Activities

Fall-themed children’s books