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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fun Activities for Fall

Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy the Missouri outdoors!  Here are five ideas to get children outside to enjoy the crisp air and vibrant colors of fall.

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Foliage Hike or Bike

This fall, when rich leaf color begins to peak across Missouri get your family out for a classic outdoor activity. Enjoy the fall colors of by exploring parks, trails or conservation areas by hiking or biking. To find areas to explore visit, Missouri State Parks and Missouri Department of Conservation

Make a Leaf Pile

Closer to home, turn fall yard work into fun!  Have children come outside to help you rake the fallen leaves into piles within the yard. Create one huge pile or many smaller piles and let the kids jump in or fall back onto the pile. Children can also hide within the piles, starting a game of hide and seek. Another fun activiting is making mazes and trails in your leaves. Use a lawnmower or a rake to cut a path. Then have children walk or bike the course.  Be creative and have fun playing with piles of crunchy leaves! For more ideas, visit our guide to Missouri fall colors

Visit an Apple Orchard

Missouri has apple orchards located across the state. Take children on an outdoor adventure to pick healthy snacks. Learn more about apples in Missouri

Fall Scavenger Hunt

Explore your niche by creating a scavenger hunt.  Make a list of things found in nature for your hunters to find. Items include different colors of leaves, acorns, types of trees, something soft, something tall, etc. Be creative with your items. Send your hunters out with a camera or journal to record their findings. Check out these nature journaling tips

Make Birdfeeders

Get ready for all and winter months by helping the wildlife in your yard. Make bird feeder ornaments by collecting pine cones, coat with peanut butter (substitute lard if your child has a nut allergy) and roll in birdseed.  Hang or place in the yard.  Watch,  identify and enjoy the birds with your children! Learn more about birding in Missouri

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