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How to Make the Most of Fun Family Time in the Fall

Oct 19, 2013 06:09PM ● By Hood Magazine

By Amy Mascott, Sylvan Learning Mom Blogger

Let’s face it: Once school starts, the year zips by at the speed of light. As soon as we hang up our beach towels, goggles, bug spray and sunscreen, our worlds become a blur of backpacks, after-school activities, parent-teacher conferences, and holidays. So it’s very important that we take time, despite our often chaotic schedules, to sit back and enjoy this beautiful season. The falling leaves. The little nip in the early morning air. Our kids. Our families. But how?

One night when everyone’s home and there are no after-school activities, when the whole family can sit down and eat a meal together, have the family make Fall Fun Cards. We often make Summer Fun Cards at the start of the summer season, but as the kids get older, I am finding that they really benefit from having some say in what we do each season of the year. Between gymnastics, soccer, religion class, Brownies, Daisies, and everything else, it’s hard to fit in our favorite seasonal activities unless we specifically set aside time for them.

Fall Fun Cards are fun and simple to make with the family.

  •  All you need are index cards (or any type of paper, really), markers and a few creative thinkers.
  • Ask your family what they love about the fall and what kinds of activities they really enjoy doing.
  •  Ask what they look forward to doing every year, and explain that the Fall Fun Cards are simply little reminders—goals, really—of fun things to do in the fall.
  • Have each person write one activity on a card, filling out three to five cards. Sometimes it’s fun to add a little drawing or even a box that can be checked when the activity is completed.
  • Then display the cards somewhere so you can easily see them in the house. They’ll act as a reminder to slow down and enjoy this exciting season together, as a family, doing what you all really love to do. Or at least trying to, right?