The changing color of the leaves, the cool breeze, and all the pumpkin spice theme drinks that you can ever dream of is here. The fall or autumn (whichever your country calls it) is here! Your guide for fall things to do with a toddler on a budget is here!
Having a toddler during this time of year is really fun. They are at the stage where they are still exploring the world around them and will go where you take them (most of the time, I hope!).
This fall season is a wonderful time to spend together before they grow up too quickly.
In this blog post, I will share with you a few fall things to do with a toddler on a budget. Just a note that depending on where you live, it might be cheaper or more expensive than it is for me here in Toronto, Canada.
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There are so many things you can do with your toddler, but you’ll need to decide on how many depending on the amount of time you have with them (whether weekends because you have work/they have daycare, or all the time in the world since you are a stay at home parent).
Here are 5 Budget Fall Things to do with a toddler:
1. Fruit Picking
Apple and pumpkin picking is super popular in the fall season, especially in September and October. Check out the different family farms around you to see what is available and it’ll be an exciting experience for your toddler and yourself.
If you are picking apples, you can try out different recipes with apples such as apple pie or freeze them to make juice later on.
Pumpkins are great to make pie, soups, or other types of food as well (can you tell that I’m not a food blogger? Ha!)
Picking your own fruit will be a fun activity for everyone. It’s also a great teaching experience to let your child know how to pick the best fruit. They pick up these types of information quite quickly and might repeat it back to you for the rest of the day. But that is okay, it is how they process this new information.
WIth fruit picking, some places will charge you a flat fee or by weight. Just do your own research prior to going to your selected farm.
2. Collecting leaves
Collecting leaves can be really fun for toddlers. You can either go to a front or backyard, or a park with trees with falling leaves.
I did this with my then-toddler last year. We went to piles of leaves and chose different colored ones to collect. We were mostly collecting maple leaves as they are popular in our neighborhood.
Afterwards, we put paint on the leaves and use them as a stamp on a piece of paper.
Here are few ideas that you could do with these leaves:
- Press them in a book
- Use them as stamp
- Make a garland out of them as fall decor
- Find different types of leaves and label them
- Use them in your arts and crafts activities
Even though the fall is here, you can still bring your toddler to the playground.
Yes, it can be a little chilly, but bundle them up and let them move around and have some fun! If you prefer them to stay warm, you can check out the indoor playgrounds around you (if any). Those might have a cost, but if you go on weekdays, it’s usually cheaper.
The fall is a good time for them to check out different playgrounds as the older children are in school. They can take their time and not worry about others rushing them or stepping all over them.
I would definitely recommend taking your toddler to the playground before it gets too cold in the wintertime.
Another place you can take your toddler to is the animal farm. Sometimes these farms have both fruit picking and animals, so you can have the best of both worlds.
I love taking my then-toddler to the farm (now she’s a preschooler). She loved to name all the animals and feed them.
You can also take your toddler to the zoo if you want them to see a whole range of different animals.
Some farms have a charge to see the animals, but others do not. Depending on how far the farms are from where you live, you can decide which ones you may prefer to go to.
To feed the animals, you will need to pay a small fee. For me, it is worth seeing my kid’s face light up when she gets to feed the animals and see their reactions. She then talks about it for the next few days because she really loves the experience.
So check out the farms with your toddler. You can always sing Old MacDonald had a farm before and after going to the farm. It’s a hit with these little ones.
5. Have fun at a Corn Maze
Toddlers love exploring, whether it is a new toy that you give them or taking them outdoors to a corn maze.
Which way do I go?
Encourage them as they explore through the different routes as they finally find the way out. If they get frustrated, let them know that you’re in this together. You can figure it out together as a team!
When you find your way out, celebrate. This helps build their confidence that if they get stuck at something, it is okay to get frustrated. However, when working as a team, you will figure out a way to overcome your challenges.
They might want to go back into the corn maze again. That is for you to decide.
If you prefer to do something fun with your toddler in your neighborhood, check out the Free Fall Scavenger hunt I made in the free library. Sign up to get access to all the free printables.
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Thank you so much for reading my blog post on 5 Fall Things To Do with a toddler. Be sure to sign up for access to the free printable library for the Fall Scavenger Hunt pdf.
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