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While most moms want to be creative superheroes with all of the energy in the world, it’s only reality that energy and motivation is bound to drop. When it does, relaxation is key – for both you and your children. Instead of feeling guilty for sitting back and laying low with your little one, create a healthy mix of both creative energy and relaxation time. By meshing together these elements with some fall family activities, you may feel less stressed with more creative energy left in your tank. Below are some great examples of both creative and relaxing fall family activities you can take part in.
Creative: DIY Pumpkin Stand
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When your creative tank is full, grab some paint, some simple Dollar Store décor, and some pumpkins and create a cute little pumpkin stand for your little one. If you cannot find wooden planks to decorate, cardboard boxes work well and can turn a DIY pumpkin stand into a jungle gym within minutes. Between searching for the best pumpkins, hanging up some budget-friendly banners, and painting the wood or cardboard, you and your little one will have a fun, fall project you’re both proud of!
Creative: Doorway Decorating
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If your living space has a personal doorway or entrance, head out to the pumpkin patch, or the nearest Dollar Store, and find some ways to decorate! By giving your little ones the chance to choose décor and help place it around the space, they will feel satisfied and excited for the season ahead. Fall family activities don’t have to take too much brain power or planning to be successful. Sometimes, taking a shopping trip and decorating with tiny pumpkins, painted gravestone décor, and fake cobwebs is all you need.
Relaxing: Festive Dance Party
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Charge your phone and head out to the nearest apple orchard, field, or park to get ready for a dance party! This little fall family activity doesn’t take too much effort on your side besides preparing a playlist or music channel with their favorite music. This fall activity could become a weekly adventure if you head out to a different setting every time. When the leaves start falling, add piles of leaves to the dance floor or create a makeshift stage with them. If your child has some friends, bring them along! This can let you sit back, sip some coffee, and relax while the little ones tire themselves out with their dance moves.
Relaxing: Halloween Movie Marathon
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Let’s be real – you don’t always have the energy or motivation to paint or tape or build something for your little ones every single day of the fall season. Instead of burning yourself out by doing a different craft every day, schedule a weekly movie marathon for your children to enjoy! Between all the different specials available and the classics such as Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus, your little ones can relax, have a fun snack, and allow you to do the same!
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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