The Ultimate Grandma-Grandchild Fall (Or Autumn!) Bucket List – 40 Ideas

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It’s that time of year again: The temperatures are FINALLY cooling, the leaves are changing, and football season is in full swing. That’s right, my fellow Devoted Grandmas – it is fall! Do you, too, love this brisk and beautiful time of year? I cannot get enough of it and want to soak up this lovely season and time with my grandkids.

Do you want to make sweet fall-themed memories with your grandbabies? 

While you can’t go wrong with really anything, I wanted to compile a fall bucket list of sorts with grandchild-friendly ideas and activities, beginning with:

  1. Leaf-Peeping Picnic: Pack a basket with autumn treats and head to the nearest park to marvel at the changing leaves.
  2. Apple Picking Adventure: Find a local orchard and let the apple (or two) fall from the tree.
  3. DIY Scarecrows: Gather old clothes, hay, and creativity. A fun addition to any garden!
  4. Haunted Gingerbread Houses: Like the Christmas version, but spookier.
  5. Pumpkin Carving: Classic. Don’t forget to roast the seeds!
  6. Corn Maze Challenges: Who can find their way out the fastest?
  7. Homemade Apple Cider: Freshly pressed and spiced to perfection.
  8. Candle Making: Choose fall scents like cinnamon, clove, and apple.
  9. Nature’s Art: Create masterpieces with fallen leaves, acorns, and pinecones.
  10. Homemade Halloween Costumes: Craft a costume together, making memories in the process.
  11. Bake Off: Make apple pies, pumpkin muffins, or whatever autumn delight you fancy.
  12. Blanket Fort Movie Nights: Watch Halloween classics or heartwarming fall favorites.
  13. Farm Day: Visit a local farm and pet the animals, or maybe even milk a cow!
  14. Firepit Storytelling: Share tales from your past or spooky stories under the stars.
  15. Foliage Art: Press colorful leaves between pages of a book. Later, use them in crafts.
  16. Hayrides: A quintessential fall activity!
  17. Bobbing for Apples: A splashy, giggly challenge.
  18. Pinecone Bird Feeders: Cover in peanut butter, dip in seeds, and watch the birds come.
  19. Halloween Dance Party: Dress up and dance those spooky wiggles out.
  20. DIY Fall Wreaths: Use natural materials to create a front door masterpiece.
  21. Acorn Crafts: Paint them, make jewelry, or turn them into cute little critter creations.
  22. Pumpkin Patch Visit: Choose the perfect pumpkin and capture those Instagram-worthy moments.
  23. Cooking Together: Make warm soups or spicy fall treats.
  24. Fall Photo Shoot: Capture the essence of the season with your grandkids.
  25. Pumpkin Seed Art: Paint and place them into unique designs.
  26. Nature Hikes: Explore local trails and enjoy the crisp air.
  27. Craft Fest: Make paper turkeys, leaf rubbings, and other fall-themed crafts.
  28. Gourd Bowling: Set up pins and use gourds as quirky bowling balls.
  29. Outdoor Movie Night: Set up a projector and watch a film on the side of the house.
  30. Stargazing: Find constellations on clear fall nights.
  31. S’mores Galore: Because…why not?
  32. Raking Races: Make piles of leaves. Jumping in them is mandatory!
  33. Farmers Market Day: Explore local produce and pick out something new to try.
  34. Halloween Decor DIY: Craft spooky decorations for the whole house.
  35. Marshmallow Roasting: Golden brown or fully charred? You decide!
  36. Warm Beverage Bar: Hot chocolate, apple cider, and teas to warm up.
  37. Write & Perform a Play: Maybe it’s about the first Thanksgiving or a haunted house mystery.
  38. Gratitude Journaling: Reflect on what you’re both thankful for.
  39. Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of fall items and see who can find them all first.
  40. Outdoor Game Day: Cornhole, ladder toss, or even just a spirited game of catch.

What are you waiting for? Roll up those sleeves, grab that pumpkin-spiced latte, and jump into an unforgettable fall season filled with memories, laughter, and endless grandkid cuddles. Happy fall from your friend, Devoted Grandma.

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