Celebrate October fun days with your kids and create special memories. Julie Lavender shares her tips and ideas for enjoying this wonderful time of year with your family.
Enjoy Special October Fun Days with Kids
Beautiful fall colors embellish the edges of roads and forests, produce shelves, and farmer’s fields. Cooler mornings and evenings are a welcome change. All things pumpkin adorn the menu and please the palates. And sweet treats and candy line the shelves of the grocery stores.
October has arrived! Make the most of this autumn month with those you love. Celebrate with the holidays below or create some new ones of your own.
National Clock Month – Use chalk to draw the face of a large clock on the driveway.
- Play hopping games or create relays by hopping only on even numbers or odd numbers
- Jumping backward while going clockwise
- Skipping around the clock while weaving in and out of each number
- Jump rope while moving around counter-clockwise
What other unique ways to move around the clock can you think of?
National Chili Week – Pick a cool evening and prepare a steaming batch of chili in honor of autumn.
Choose a favorite recipe or try this sweet chili recipe: In a large skillet, brown one pound of sausage, one pound of ground chuck, one onion, chopped and two minced cloves of garlic. Drain the meat mixture well.
Combine the cooked meat with two 28-ounce cans of baked beans, one-half cup of brown sugar, one-half cup barbecue sauce, two tablespoons molasses, two tablespoons mustard, two tablespoons ketchup, one teaspoon salt, one teaspoon pepper and one package of chili seasoning mix. Stir well and cook on low heat in a large crockpot for two hours.
Name Your Car Day – Do the automobiles owned by your family have names? Everyone’s vehicle needs a moniker!
Brainstorm as a family to pick a name for each vehicle, if you haven’t already done so. Then, on a beautiful autumn afternoon, load up in the family car and go for a drive, looking for obvious sights of the season.
After returning, write a pretend journal entry about your adventures. But, write the entry from the car’s point of view. Make other entries in your jalopy journal this month after other treks about town, too.
Make a Difference Day – The fourth Saturday of this month is Make a Difference Day, a day set aside to improve the lives of others.
Choose a project to participate in as a family to make someone’s day better on or around October 26. And talk about ways to help others in small or big ways every day of the year.
Statue of Liberty Day – Dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States from the people of France as a symbol of freedom and democracy.
Do you know what Lady Liberty holds in her left hand? Her right? Learn more about the statue from reliable sources online and look for photos of the National Monument. Check out these books from the library to learn more: L is for Liberty or When Jessie Came Across the Sea.
Take advantage of every minute on the clock this month to create fun and lasting memories with those you love. Watch for changing leaves. Make a few pumpkin desserts. Snuggle under blankets and read some autumn-themed books or visit a county fair. Don’t miss a moment of fun and memories during the month of October.