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5 Fall Family Activities to To Do With Kids

Ooh la la! Fall is one of our favorite times of year. The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp and cool, and there are several holidays to celebrate, which means plenty of excuses to spend time with family. Here, we’ve rounded up five Fancy Nancy-approved activities that you can do with your child to get them excited about fall:

Put your garden to bed.

Ask your kids to help you prepare your house and your yard for winter. We’re betting an afternoon outside will give you both a sense of accomplishment. Pull dead plants that won’t come back next year, and cut back perennials that need to be pruned in the fall so that your garden is prepared to grow (and be fancy!) in the spring.

Make a paper turkey.

In Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet, Nancy is sure it’s going to be the best Thanksgiving ever. There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and almost too many desserts to count. Perhaps her favorite part of the day is making crafts at the kids’ table after dinner — especially showing her family how to make their own paper turkeys. Here’s how Nancy learned to make a turkey in school:

    1. Trace your hand.
    2. Add feathers.
    3. Add eyes and a beak.
    4. Then, fancy it up.

Voila: a turkey!

Create a healthful, and fancy, fall-themed snack.

Fall brings a lot of opportunities for sweets. But it’s just as easy to turn something healthful into a fun seasonal snack. We especially love these Tangerine Pumpkins that make a seasonal fruit and celery très fancy! Just peel a tangerine, cut a one to two inch piece off the top of a clean stalk of celery, and then insert into the peeled fruit. Arrange a celery leaf or two on top to create pumpkin leaves. C’est parfait! That’s fancy for perfect.

Make something fancy with fall leaves.

Fancy Nancy loves fall: the fashion, the weather, and especially the colors of the leaves. In Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage , Nancy helps mom and dad rake the leaves outside. She finds oak leaves, maple leaves, and more, all mixed together in her yard. Then, she gets a stupendous idea to do something unique. She collects the prettiest leaves and creates a beautiful holiday wreath out of the fall foliage. In the past, she’s also made scrapbooks and leaf prints !

Pack a picnic and go on a hike.

Fall is a great time of year to venture out into nature. Find a local nature preserve or park, look for trees that are changing color, and see how different animals are preparing for winter. Bonus points if you pack a fancy lunch or snack to take with you. You could even pack special tea party food , such as finger sandwiches, petit fours, and berries or other bite-size fruits.

How do you get your children excited about fall? Tell us about your favorite fall activities.