Fun And Educational Fall Backyard Activities


Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained this fall? Try these 10 Fun and Educational Fall Backyard Activities.

Struggling with how to keep the kids entertained now that the weather is getting cooler? Kate Wilson from is here today sharing these 10 Fun and Educational Fall Backyard Activities. 

10 Fun and Educational Fall Backyard Activities for Kids - The graphic, "Fun and Educational Fall Backyard Activities", was modified from a photo titled "Fallen Leaves", copyright (c) 2003 mksfly on Flickr and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Photo credit: The graphic, “Fun and Educational Fall Backyard Activities”, was modified from a photo titled “Fallen Leaves”, copyright (c) 2003 mksfly on Flickr and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Fall is a perfect time of year to have fun in the great outdoors, especially when it’s right in your own backyard. Temperatures are perfect – goodbye sweaty, sticky summer – and those fall trees paint the world in beautiful colors. Sure, your kids will have a blast jumping in leaf piles or making those seasonal leaf rubbings, but there’s so much more you can do.

Fall Backyard Activities

Here are 10 fun – and dare I say, educational – things you can do in your backyard this fall.

1. Make a Maze

So OK, it’s hard to get away from those leaf piles. Why not try a new twist and create a leaf maze or labyrinth? Rake those leaves into fun, twisted walkways and your kids can pretend they’re going on a magical journey.

2. Corn Box

So long sandbox, hello corn box. Pick up some bags of dried corn and empty them into small sandboxes, plastic tubs or large bowls. Kids will have fun playing with dump trucks, cups or anything they can come up with. You can even try hiding treasure (marbles, coins, all those tiny dolls) inside.

3. Build a Fairy House

Try building a fairy house out of natural elements that you gather in your backyard. Twigs, leaves, acorns, pinecones and flower petals all make great building supplies. If your kids are feeling ambitious they can even create an entire fairy village.

4. Mirror, Mirror

Place various fall items, whether gathered from nature or from a dollar store, on a mirror outside. The mirror will reflect the sky, clouds and leaves remaining on the trees, creating a stunning and magical visual experience.

5. Nature Hunt

Take a hike through your backyard and gather interesting items for a show-and-tell. Have your child either create an artistic display or collect items in clear jars.

6. Go Birdwatching

Take your kids on a backyard birdwatching expedition. Bring binoculars, a camera and a notebook for taking notes and making sketches. Try to pick up a bird-identification book before you go so you can track the feathered friends flocking in your yard. Bring along some bread or birdseed to offer your visitors, but be sure to follow the dos and don’ts of feeding wild animals.

7. Have a Cookout

When evening falls, it’s a great time to put your fire pit to work and enjoy an alfresco feast. Kids will enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows while cozying up in front of the roaring fire. Take advantage of this before those cold winter winds start to blow.

8. Go Buggy

There’s something about collecting bugs that just appeals to kids. They can find and house a cute or unusual bug in a jar and study them up close. Have them make sketches of their temporary pets before letting them crawl or fly away.

9. Aw, Shucks

Pick up some decorative, dried corn cobs and let your kids have at them. They can shuck corn to their hearts’ content, and perhaps make a corn mosaic if there are several interesting colors to work with. It’s a great way for them to develop those fine-motor skills.

10. Leaf Slide

We’ll end things with another fun leaf activity. What’s better than jumping into a big pile of leaves? Sliding into them! Create a huge leaf pile at the bottom of your sliding board and let the kids have a ball slipping and sliding away. It’s a great way to get some exercise, without even knowing it.

So there you have it – 10 fun, creative and yes, educational ways to have some backyard fall fun. You and your kids will have a great time taking advantage of those golden, autumn days before the cold forces you indoors. Enjoy!

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  1. Great ideas! My baby is too little for this now, but perhaps next year. I especially love your leaf maze idea. We have soooo many leaves that would definitely be a possibility.

    1. Kate came up with some fantastic ideas, didn’t she? I’m so glad she shared them here on Kenarry. The leaf maze would be very fun to make. Unfortunately all of ours were just covered with snow today!

      1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

        And thank you, Carrie, it was a pleasure to share them with you. We had a few flurries yesterday but thankfully nothing stuck — I’m not prepared for this yet!

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