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Our Apple Picking Adventure Fall Funday!
Yay! Its Fall! Such a pretty time of year and always so many fun things to do with your kids like going to the pumpkin patch, playing in the leaves, getting ready for Halloween, and visiting your local orchard to harvest your own apples! We have never done this before so we didn’t have high hopes about Braydon enjoying it, or whether or not we would even know what we were doing! As mentioned in the about section of this blog; we are from the Willamette Valley in Salem, Oregon. There are tons of farms, orchards, and farmers markets in our area that offer you to go and forage for your own produce. We chose to go to a small family owned farm outside of town called Beilke Family Farm. We found out about it through an online local community group. When we arrived it was so nice outside, so we had definitely picked a good day to go!
As we got out of the car a nice girl offered to take our families picture in front of their sign and then she took her time explaining to us what was in season and how the signs point you down each isle that can be picked along with what apples are growing there. We picked a five gallon bucket which only cost us $11.00 and took our time walking up and down the rows. Braydon had such a blast helping pick the apples and he was good about not putting the nasty ones off the ground into our bucket. As we were heading out of the orchard the people working there had informed us that there is a free fall harvest festival starting on October 15th that will have games, apple tastings, and other fun stuff; so we will definitely be heading back that way this fall! It was such a great experience for us all and We were able to score a ton of apples which means tons of activities and recipes with apples!! If you are looking for a fun fall family activity I highly recommend taking your family to go apple picking at your local family orchard. It is so rewarding and an earthy experience. Don’t forget to check back often and subscribe! I will be having and applesauce and fruit leather recipes posted soon since we have acquired so many apples! lots of fun fall posts ahead!
By: The Hit or Miss Homemaker
I only get a small time with my daughter on weekdays while my youngest naps to do activities that are just for us. It’s hard to get anything done when my youngest is awake and wreaking havoc all over the house. Since October is quickly leaving us (sniff, sniff) I figured I better get in some crafting while I can! I didn’t want to waste much time so I found things I already had around the house and turned them into some fun activities.
I also want to say that I don’t make my daughter do anything. I suggest projects and show her things and it’s up to her if she wants to do it. I would love to show you beautiful projects where everything is perfect but that’s not reality-not for us anyway. Her attention span is that of an average 4 yr old and her skills as well. She creates for as long or as short as she wants. It’s about the process not the predetermined outcome. You want your kids to enjoy what they’re doing not grow to hate it because you micromanaged them to death. Ok-I’m stepping off my soapbox now!
Cupcake Liner Ghosts
I had these cupcake wrappers that I saved-they were the liners of the foil wrappers and I’ve just never been sure what you’re suppose to do with them. Do you keep them in? Can you use them separately? Ahh, guess I’ll never know so might as well use them for some kid projects!
We decided on making a little ghost scene.
My girl usually goes sans pants so I got lucky today.
Also got a little fine motor action going by having her squeeze the glue bottle herself.
Glued those ghosties down. This ghost reminds me of Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin!
Lovely ghost scene–the “normal” faced ghost is mine!
Tissue Paper Ghost
I have a ton of white tissue paper left over from my daughters 4th birthday party so I grabbed some and cut up some random squares.
I have little to no drawing ability so here is my attempt at a ghost-sorta looks like one of the pac man ghosts. I used chalk and my daughter added the facial features and hair-because duh.
Again, using some fine motor skills she rolled and scrunched up the paper into balls and used a glue stick to stick them on.
Pretty fast and simple and you could always then cut this out of the paper and hang it somewhere so its floating like a ghost! Next time I’ll use a paper plate or card stock so its more sturdy.
I just drew a tree with no leaves on it and told her she could fill in the leaves with the fall colored paints.
My daughter loves to paint and spent a good amount of time doing this. She even noticed that the yellow started looking green-and I was like wow probably from the yellow paint sitting on top of the blue paper! I was genuinely surprised haha.
I didn’t wait for it to dry!
This last activity is more of a sensory activity then a craft. Mixing shaving cream and baking soda together you can get different types of goop. Depending on how much of each you put you can end up having a mold-able dough.
The expanding fluffiness of shaving cream is just so fun and makes you want to jump in it!
Next time I’ll definitely use a bigger container.
After my daughter was getting finished using the shaving cream/baking soda mixture I thought it would be fun to do some color mixing.
I added the rest of the baking soda to get more of that mold-able consistency.
Once she was getting over that, we added one more thing-vinegar!
Who doesn’t love some science!
I hope you enjoy your children with some of the easy and fast activities-of course the worst part is the clean up!