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Monday, September 14, 2015

Letter from Ms. Jenn: Family Fall Activities

September is such a hectic month, trying to get back into the swing of things and realizing winter is right around the corner. I thought I would share some fun ideas that I used to do with my kids during this season. Most of these are free things to do, if not they are pretty cheap!

1. Take a fall walk: the park right next to the center on Willis Rd. has a pretty cool path where you can walk and look at all the leaves changing colors. There are also a couple spots you can stop and picnic.

2. Have breakfast for dinner: dress in your jammies and make some new flavors of pancakes. Adding apples was always one of our favorites.

3. Have a board game day: play some games you have at home or borrow one of your child’s favorites from school.

4. Visit an apple orchard or farm: Talladay Farms has a great preschool area for young children and a corn maze and Wasem’s Orchard is right next door if you are up for picking apples.

5. Have a camp out: if you are feeling adventurous set up a tent in your backyard and roast some marshmallows. If you are not feeling the outdoor thing, make a tent in your living room with blankets and chairs and have some indoor s’mores by using marshmallow fluff, Nutella, and graham crackers.

6. Donate items to the Huron Valley Humane Society and pet the animals.

7. Make an indoor obstacle course: use just one room or your whole house. You can use crepe paper to make an obstacle in the hallway for the children to climb over and crawl under. Get creative!

8. Make muffins: you can try Mimi’s chocolate zucchini recipe, they are one of the kids favorites!

9. Show and Tell: share with your children some of your special things from the past or present. Encourage your children to do the same.

10. Check out some local papers to see what is happening locally. There are lots of free things to do in the Ann Arbor area.
• Metro Parent
• Ann Arbor Observer
• Ann Arbor Family Press

11. Be a scientist: check out our I/T and Preschool science boards on Pinterest and try some of the activities. A lot of them can be done with things you already have around your house.

12. Pizza & Movie Night: prepare a homemade pizza and let the kids help. Or you can try Mimi’s pizza quesadillas. Use tortilla shells and add pizza sauce, cheese and any toppings you like, fold tortilla in half and heat in oven. Eat your pizza while you watch your favorite family movie.

13. Color: get a poster board and everyone can contribute or print off some easy coloring sheets for those who want to work separately.

14. Play Hide and Seek: we still do this at my house. :)

15. Create a Treasure Hunt: make clues and have your child follow the clues to find the next clue. The treasure can be anything you want it to be: a book or a coupon for a special day with Mom or Dad.

16. Dance Party: turn the lights down and the music up. Dance like no one is watching!

17. Bubbles: have a bubble bath and blow bubbles.

18. Put on a Concert: set up a stage area and let your littles perform anything they want. Standing ovations are always welcome!

19. Do some art: check out our I/T and Preschool art boards on Pinterest for some fun ideas to do at home with the kids.

20. All about Me Day: let your child plan a day. When my family did this we made up some rules like you can only pick one thing that costs money or if we were planning a day at home that would be the rule, everything has to be done at home. But they can pick what we do, how we do it, what we eat for dinner, when we wake up and when we go to bed!

Hope you have fun with some of these things. Happy fall!

-Ms. Jenn


  1. Ms. Jenn has recommended some very useful points to follow up to enjoy the fall perfectly. When making plans for the fall, anyone should follow the letter from Ms. Jenn which has some very interesting points to be enjoyed.

  2. likes for this post! These are very good tips and all daycare or childcare centers should implement this.