Fall Leaves Finger Painting

  • This activity is great for pre-k and elementary age children.
    • You will need a piece of brown construction paper (or white paper, brown paint/ markers/crayons), scissors, a glue stick and red, green, orange and yellow non-toxic finger paints. Colorful markers or crayons will also do the trick if you do not have finger paints on hand or if your child does not like using paints.
    • Trace your child’s hand and arm onto the brown construction paper and have them cut it out, depending on age, some children may need help with this task.
    • Glue this to a piece of white paper or color in the area that you traced on white paper. This will form the tree trunk and branches.
    • Next, have your child add the colorful leaves to their “tree” using the finger paint, crayons or markers.

Visit A Local Farm or Orchard

  • Family friendly farms abound in Maine! In addition to a few of my favorites listed below, a simple Google search will offer options nearby. These farms offer up a variety of family friendly activities and farm fresh seasonal produce for all ages.

A few of my favorites:

Make Apple Sauce 

  • Homemade apple sauce is the perfect way to use apples and our Maine SNAP-Ed coordinators have the perfect recipe to share.

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

  • Ingredients

    • Medium Apples
    • 1/2 Cup of Water
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar (optional)
  • Steps

    1. Wash the apples.
    2. Peel, core and quarter the apples.
    3. Cut the apples into small chunks.
    4. In a medium pot, combine the apples, water, cinnamon and brown sugar.
    5. Cover pot, and cook on medium heat until they come to a boil. Stir mixture. Then simmer over low heat until the apples are tender when you test with a fork, about 20-30 minutes.
    6. You can mash apples with a fork or potato masher for a smoother texture.
    7. Serve applesauce warm or cold if desired,
    8. Promptly store extra applesauce in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

 

Take A Hike and Have A Scavenger Hunt

  • Take a hike in your own back yard, neighborhood, local park or walking path. Walking is a great physical activity and can be an adventure for the whole family. Adding a scavenger hunt to your hike can help keep kids engaged and on the move. You may want to bring a bag or a basket to carry your found items home.
  • Visit the Maine Trail Finder to find a trail near you!

Roast Some Pumpkin Seeds

  • Perhaps you picked some pumpkins to celebrate the season. Don’t let those seeds go to waste when they can make an excellent snack. To roast pumpkin seeds,
    • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
    • Clean and dry your seeds with a towel.
    • Spread them on a lined or sprayed baking sheet.
    • Spray with a bit of cooking spray and sprinkle a pinch of salt. More adventurous? Spice them up with other favorite seasonings like curry powder, taco seasoning, chili powder or cinnamon and sugar.
    • Bake them for 15 minutes, cool and enjoy.

Pumpkin seeds are full of flavor, magnesium, antioxidants and fiber!

Want more fall recipe ideas?