By TMoM Team Member Ellen Bryant Lloyd

Pumpkin spice, golden leaves, crisp apples, and a slight chill in the air… yes, it is FALL! This is my favorite time of year — the season nestled between sweltering summer days and the frigid temperatures of winter. There are so many fall fun activities, readings, and adventures around the corner this time of year. I always enjoyed doing fall-like activities with my children when they were young. We loved stomping through leaves and throwing them up in the air like it was raining; making fall crafts with beans, sticks, leaf rubs, orange and black yarn; searching for the perfect pumpkins; putting “spooky” spider webs up across our house; picking apples with friends; hanging out by the fire pit and enjoying s’mores; making caramel apples; exploring costumes for Halloween… I could go on and on. It was a season of great fun that made for wonderful memories.

We also loved reading books with fall themes along with enjoying fall activities. I thought it would be fun to share links to websites with ideas for fall activities you can do with your children and books that go along with each type of activity. While there are many more fall books and activities to explore, these suggestions will give you a great start to kicking this season off and making special memories with your children. Enjoy!

All About Pumpkins!!

Fun crafts with pumpkins

31 Days of Pumpkin Activities
35 New Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

Books about pumpkins

  • We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Goldie Hawk and Angiel Rozelaar
  • Ten Spooky Pumpkins by Gris Grimley
  • It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz
  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum
  • Pumpkin Magic by Ed Masessa, illustrated by Nate Wragg
  • The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry, illustrated by Sanja Rescek

Fun with Leaves!

Fun crafts with leaves

20 Activities with Leaves
Kid’s Leaf Crafts

Books about leaves

  • Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • Autumn Leaves Fall by Amber Hendricks, illustrated by Gavin Scott
  • Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
  • We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto
  • There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared Lee
  • Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  • Dance Like a Leaf by AJ Irving, illustrated by Claudia Navarro

Being in Nature!

Fun activities while on fall nature walks

Fall Nature Walk Activities
Five Simple Autumn Nature Adventures
20 Items to Spy on a Fall Nature Hike

Books about being in nature

  • Maisy Goes on a Nature Walk by Lucy Cousins
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
  • Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  • A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek
  • Because of an Acorn by Lola N. Schaefer
  • What’s in Your Pocket by Heather L. Montgomery, illustrated by Maribel Lechuge
  • If I Were a Tree by Andrea Zimmerman, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong

Apples Galore!

Fun “apple” activities

Kid’s Apple Crafts
42 Apple Crafts for Kids
24 Best Apple Crafts for Kids to Make

Books about apples

  • Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Apple Picking by Meredith Rusu
  • Apple Picking Day! by Candice Ransom, illustrated by Erika Meza
  • Let’s Go Apple Picking! by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Nila Aye
  • Fancy Nancy Apples Galore by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robine Preiss Glasser
  • Curious George Apple Harvest by H.A. Rey
  • Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss
  • Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples! By Victoria Kann


Ellen Bryant Lloyd is a writer and mom of two children, one who has flown from the nest and the other is not far from it. She blogs about perspectives on life and parenting at and tweets at @EllenBLloyd. She is the author of FRECKLES and FRECKLES and The Great Beach Rescue, a freelance writer and memoir ghostwriter. Ellen lives in Greensboro with her husband, her daughter, when she is home from college, and the sweetest dog ever. She looks forward to seeing her son, who is now living and working in a nearby metropolitan city, as often as possible.

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