I love October! The changing colors, warm sweaters, fall harvest, finally finding our homeschool groove. But most of all, I love fall farm activities. Today, I am going to give you 5 fall farm activities that you can do right on your own farm.
These activities will build family fall farm memories, get fall chores done, and even harvest some of your fall crops. But most of these activities are fun! It is a win-win for everyone.
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Coping with Busy Fall Farm Harvest
If you live on a farm, you know it is a very busy time on the farm! Harvesting, preparing for winter, preserving the harvest. The work never ends! But it doesn’t have to be all work and no play. You can combine work and fun with your kids.
It seems like there is no time to go out and do all those fun fall activities that you see your friends and family do. I thought my kids were missing out. But it dawned on me when my kids were very young that we can just recreate these fun, fall harvest activities at home as a family.
One thing I don’t like about October is Halloween. As a Christian, I find the holiday to be creepy and evil. My husband and I decided that we will not participate in the holiday. However, we don’t want our kids to feel deprived. So we found fun harvest activities on our farm even during the busy harvest season.
I have never looked back. Every year we try to do 5 fun activities. If we can plan it ahead of time, we invite friends and family. Otherwise, we just do it as a family. It has brought us closer together and we accomplish work while we do it. Not only that, we create fun family memories.
Top 5 Fall Farm Family Activities to do at Home
1. Take a Walk on the farm
Oftentimes, we don’t take the time to enjoy our own farm. Fall is a great time to take a hike around your own farm. You can even make it part of your chores. Check the fences and your herd while walking. Here are 3 suggestions for enjoying a walk on your farm. Make sure to bring the kids and use it as an educational opportunity.
Walk through the harvested fields.
- Talk to your kids about the life cycle of the crops.
- Glean some of the seeds that the machinery left behind.
- Talk about the story of Ruth in the Bible.
- Feed the collected grain to the wild birds and squirrels.
- Talk about how wild animals and birds spend the winter.
Hike in your patch of woods.
- Talk about how the leaves change colors and why
- Identify animal nests now that the leaves are falling.
- Collect leaves and make a collage.
Walk through the pastures
- As I mentioned earlier, this is a great time to check fences and farm animals in the pastures.
- Talk to your children about farm animals and their behavior.
- Enjoy the fresh, fall air, and talk about the change of seasons.
2. Pick Pumpkins and Decorate your farm
Whether you grew them yourself or supported a fellow farmer, pick pumpkins, and decorate your front porch or other appropriate places. . You could also add some dried corn stalks. Bonus: Afterwards, you can feed them to your chickens!)
3. Build a Bonfire
- Building a bonfire is a great fall activity.
- You can even use sticks and leaves from fall yard clean-up.
- You can roast marshmallows and make s’ mores.
- If it is warm enough, turn it into a campout!
4. Crack Open some Nuts
Have some fun with your kids by picking up some nuts. Most likely you have nut trees on your property. After picking up some nuts around the farm. Give your kids a hammer to crack them open to save and/or eat. It is fun to see the wonder on a child’s face when they realize they can eat the nuts they crack open.
We have a ton of walnut trees on our property. We try to make it a fun competition for our kids to pick up the most walnuts in a certain amount of time. This year the kids are trying to crack the walnuts open and sell them at the farmers’ market!
5. Take a Hay Wagon Ride
Riding on a wagon is a fun time and you can just hitch up a tractor and wagon and ride around the farm. It will make great memories for your kids. It gives them a new view of the farm. Invite friends and neighbors and make a party of it.
What are some of your favorite fall family activities that you do on your farm? I would love some new ideas to add to our traditional lists.
Looking for more Fall Farm Activity Inspiration?
Check out my 2 part series about winter preparation for winter. There are two lists of Fall Farm Activities that will help you prepare for winter with ease.
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