Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Autumn Bucket List- 80 Ideas And A Special Display

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Our Autumn bucket list is on our "All Seasons Tree." We keep this tree up year round and decorate it accordingly for seasons, holidays, and birthdays. For our fall bucket list, we will start off the season with a tree full of leaves. On those leaves are the ideas. Every day we will pick an idea (or two!) from the tree and take down the leaf. Hopefully, by the beginning of December our tree will be as bare as the ones outside.

We came up with 80 ideas and I wanted to come up with some way to categorize them. I wanted to make looking through them each day as easy as possible, so I came up with the color coded the different categories. I decided to split them up into five sections.

categorize the leaves on your fall bucket list

Gold leaves (which look tan in this picture) are the bigger adventures that take more time, planning, and/or money. Brown is our food ideas. Orange is for crafts. Red is for "simple fun" and yellow is for the few bits of randomness that were thrown in. But you could organize this in so many different ways. Believe me, I know. For instance, you could do it by months, or holidays, or themes.

Now onto the list (in no particular order)! I've added links where needed to give credit or for further information.

  1. Celebrate the autumnal equinox!
  2. Try to find a more balanced routine.
  3. Go hiking.
  4. Go camping.
  5. Start letterboxing (Finally).
  6. Play in a huge pile of newly raked leaves.
  7. Go to a pumpkin patch.
  8. Make pumpkin muffins.
  9. Go to a fall festival.
  10. Explore a cave.
  11. Go on a leaf nature walk.
  12. Paint on leaves.
  13. Go on the local "Scarecrow Walk" at the gardens.
  14. Visit an apple orchard.
  15. Make candied apples.
  16. Cook chili together.
  17. Make pumpkin pie dip.
  18. Roast pumpkin seeds.
  19. Do a painted pumpkin seeds craft.
  20. Make pumpkin pancakes.
  21. Bake apples.
  22. Paint a pumpkin.
  23. Carve a jack-o-lantern.
  24. Drink warm apple cider on a chilly nighttime nature walk.
  25. Make bird feeders.
  26. Have a Halloween party.
  27. Make a scarecrow.
  28. Send a care package to a soldier.
  29. Make leaf lanterns.
  30. Hold a food drive potluck.
  31. Make applesauce.
  32. Make apple butter.
  33. Go trick or treating.
  34. Start a compost.
  35. Make pumpkin cinnamon rolls.
  36. Have an outdoor photo session.
  37. Cuddle up and watch a kid friendly Halloween movie...outside!
  38. Build a bat house.
  39. Create a leaf press.
  40. Press leaves.
  41. Do leaf rubbings.
  42. Go on a hayride.
  43. Make Thanksgiving pumpkin and gingerbread trifle.
  44. Draw an autumn themed mural with sidewalk chalk.
  45. Make a dream catcher.
  46. Mail some of our autumn to a far away friend.
  47. Climb trees.
  48. Make a kite.
  49. Fly kites.
  50. Make a maze in fallen leaves.
  51. Have a bonfire.
  52. Make pumpkin pies.
  53. Create a fall wreath.
  54. Make pinecone turkeys.
  55. Pick up litter.
  56. Dress up like a scarecrow and practice scary faces.
  57. Dig up potatoes.
  58. Make candy corn cookies.
  59. Lay back and watch the sky for bats.
  60. Create leaves with colored glue.
  61. Go through a corn maze.
  62. Create 3D fall art on a canvas.
  63. Make and play with fall themed play dough.
  64. Try painting leaves in a baggie.
  65. Create land art.
  66. Make leaf glitter artwork.
  67. Celebrate Thanksgiving.
  68. Blow rainbow bubbles in puddles.
  69. Have a fall book read-a-thon at the park.
  70. Create a Thanksgiving leaf garland.
  71. Play "Bats and Moths"
  72. Create a fall centerpiece for the table.
  73. Try out pumpkin printing.
  74. Make autumn leaf coasters.
  75. Go puddle jumping.
  76. Draw with chalk on the wet ground.
  77. Revisit colored bubbles. (With a fall theme)
  78. Have a rainy day orchestra.
  79. Host a magical indoor picnic.
  80. Make homemade caramel.
This big display of our bucket list is going to ensure that having fun this fall is constantly on our minds and at our fingertips. We are so excited to get started.

What are you most excited about for fall? What would you add to your bucket list?

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  1. oh my gosh I Love this!!! can I feature this on my blog for Friday for the first day of autumn ? just let me know!!! If I feature it I would include a link and picture in my post


  2. I would be thrilled and honored for you to feature my blogpost! Thank you for asking. I am so glad you like it too!

  3. thank you so much for letting me feature this awesome tree and bucket list!!! :)

  4. I love this idea and may do something similar- and will of course, link back to your post! I actually am thinking of doing something a little more boring and making a tree with my "Nagging Project Bucket List"- maybe it will be a way to transform the negative tasks into something beautiful- and each time I remove a leaf, I'll have a visual reminder that I accomplished something. I am totally serious. haha!

  5. I love this post! I'm so inspired and will definitely do something like it with my kiddos. I like that the activities are suitable for a variety of ages. Thank you!

  6. LOVE this idea!! You have sooooo many fabulous activities here. I have shared on Facebook & twitter - thanks you for linking to the Sunday Showcase and sharing this with all of us!


  7. This such a wonderful idea! I have three kidlets - ranging from 1-6 years old, and many of these things we are aiming to do as well, it would be great to keep track in such a fun way! Thanks for posting! :)

  8. These are great ideas that got me excited for fall! Your list took me back to my childhood in the Midwest. I cannot wait to hear more about some of these adventures.

  9. These ideas are great! It looks like a fun fall ahead.

  10. @Crittersandcrayons- Thats a really good idea! That would be a good visual aid. Please let me know if it works. I.. uhm.. kind of need help with the items I don't want to do. Haha.

    @physicschick- Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I'm really glad you like it and I could help inspire someone. You're comment means a lot to me.

    Bern- Thank you so much for sharing my post. I'm excited! And thank you for hosting the Sunday Showcase. It's a wonderful linky thats always filled with great ideas because you open up your blog. So thank you!

    @Erin- I'm glad you could stop by and I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I hope you and your kids have a lot of fun. Let me know how it goes!

    @citysightsforkids- I bet fall in the midwest is beautiful. I hope to one day see that. I'm glad my post served as a bit of nostalgia for you!

    @Little Wonders' Days- Thank you! I hope so. You have a lot of great fall activities that you've already been doing. I've loved reading about them.

  11. I had to come over and say how much I LOVE your list!! Such fun Fall activities! I see that "make applesauce" is on there; we're doing that this weekend for the first time! We're going apple picking at a local farm, and when we get home we plan on making a big batch of apple sauce to share with our neighbors. :) I'm adding you to my Google Reader.

  12. Thank you, Mandi! We've never made applesauce either. We hope to soon. I'm trying to talk my husband into taking us to the apple orchard this weekend. I have to talk him into it, because it's out of state. Haha. But we'll see. Thank you so much for adding me to your reader. It also inspired me to try to set up an RSS feed. I have no idea what I'm doing though. Maybe I'll figure it out as I go along?

  13. I love, Love, LOVE this list! We've made so many things with colored glue, but I never thought about leaves! You'll have to keep an eye out for the pretzels - I've never heard of them either, but it sounded good when I was making our list, and I'm sure there must be a recipe out there :)

  14. I just wanted to let you know that I referred to your "bucket list" idea on my new blog, www.kidlettidbits.blogspot.com. I love the idea of the different colored leaves and your way of displaying ideas!

  15. @An Almost Unschooling Mom- Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look. I appreciate it and your kind words! I will definitely be on the lookout for pumpkin pretzels. They certainly sound amazing!

    @AP Mommy- Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I'm glad you liked my list!

    @Erin- Thanks so much for linking to me! I'm really glad you like it and I can't wait to see your new blog!

  16. Oh, and Erin, I would comment on your lovely blog, but I have issues with being able to comment unless it's a pop up comment box, or theres a name/url option. I'm not sure why that is, but it's been going on now for quite some time.

  17. This is a terrific idea!
    Sounds like fun for FAll!


  18. Wow- looks like you have a plan for everyday! I love this list- Thank you for sharing this as well on The Sunday Showcase!

  19. Kim, thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing my blog post. I really appreciate it and I'm thrilled that you liked it.

    Lori, I hope it's going to help us focus on the season and all of the fantastic opportunities the season brings with it. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

    Aimee, thanks so much!

  20. So many ideas-we have a little autumn tree but far, far fewer ideas. May well add some of yours to our tree.
    Just a thought about something to add-we like to plant forced hyacinths at this time of year.

  21. Thank you all so much for reading and commenting.

    SarahElisabeth- Thanks for the reccomendation! My husband *loves* to garden but we hadn't thought of anything like that. We will definitely look into this. I'm excited! Thanks again!

  22. Bats and Moths is like Marco Polo. A child is the "bat" and calls out "bat" while walking around blindfolded. All other players are walking around as moths (in a defined area). So when they call out "bat," the moths call out "moth". Eventually the bat should realize to repeatedly call out "bat" and listen for "moth" to find them. Like echolocation.

    Does it sound like something your kids might like playing, Phyllis? We are going to play it while we learn a little about bats. R was wanting to be a bat for Halloween, but I think for the first time ever, he has now changed his mind. We'll still have bat fun though!

  23. Your tree is beautiful and looks like a lot of fun. We did our tree last year and enjoyed it quite a bit.

  24. Thank you, Little Wonders' Days. I love how you used acorns and such for the filler in your glass. Genius!

  25. What!? How the heck did I miss this idea!? It's amazing, I love it!!! I wanna do it for every season so I'm stealing it. LOL (Not even lying about the stealing part)

    1. Haha, Aleacia. You are more than welcome to it! I'm glad you like it :)


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