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Social distancing and related restrictions will make for an unusual autumn season. Help the fall stand out with ways for it to be memorable beyond the present pandemic-related situation. Although the weather may continue to be warm this month, you can still get in the spirit with seasonal activities. If you’re feeling a little reluctant or just want a way to participate together, here are 11 ways to start the Fall season:
Gather fall leaves:
Go on a hike or other walk in nature. Collect fall leaves to trace or make a craft together.
Bring nature indoors: Pick sunflowers, wheat, or other seasonal selections, and arrange them in a vase.
Take a Labor Day staycation: Completely disconnect for a day. Turn off electronics, and enjoy your day.
Spend time in the kitchen: Favorite fall recipes like pumpkin pie, apple cake or baked squash feature traditional tastes of the season. Make your family’s favorites, and pass along those traditions with hands-on fun.
Create a fall-themed brunch: Make a hearty strudel, break out your Thanksgiving dishes early, and let your children create the invitations. Host your own holiday for just your immediate family.
Hang up a wreath: Feel festive with subtle decorations. Start by decorating your door with a fall theme. Whether you purchase a wreath or choose to make one, transitioning into something new can help you adjust.
Skip the subtlety and go all out with decorations: If you love Halloween or just the autumn season, go ahead and decorate. Many Halloween decorations are reportedly already selling out at local retailers from online purchases.
Take a family portrait:
Remember this season by making time for a family photo. School portraits may not happen this year but family sessions are still a possibility. Pose outside on your porch or choose an outdoor venue with room for social distancing.
Make s’mores: There are so many ways to make s’mores, including outside, with a tabletop candle kit, on the stove, or in the microwave. Evenings get better with chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers.
Share a novel together: Evenings of stories can help you remember the season well. “Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family” by Diana Lopez is a fall favorite for young readers that leads into Día de Muertos.
Pick out pumpkins: If it’s possible to visit a pumpkin patch or grocery store near you, choose pumpkins to carve, bake the seeds, and try a new recipe with different parts of the pumpkin.