If you are looking for some fun activities to do with your kids this fall, then this guide is for you. With the weather cooling down this time of the year, coming up with indoor activities to keep your kids entertained can be challenging. But, mixing it up with activities they can do in the kitchen can keep them full and entertained for hours. This guide will take you through six fall activities for kids in the kitchen that will be both a tasty and fun experience.
1. Have an Apple Taste Test
What is fall without apples? Have an apple taste test to incorporate a full serving of fruit and a fun activity everyone will enjoy. All you need to do is buy a few different colors and varieties of apples, then slice and serve them to your little ones. You can add an extra element of surprise by letting your kids try the different apple varieties blindfolded and have them describe the characteristics of each apple and pick which one is their favorite. Or, you can mix it up and serve with different dipping sauces or toppings. Try caramel or chocolate for the base and add on sprinkles, crushed cookie crumbs, or nuts to take this taste test to the next level.
2. Bell Pepper “Pumpkin” Carving
If you are short on time and want a less-messy version of pumpkin carving, then this activity is for you. Grab a few orange bell peppers from the store, age-appropriate knives, and a cutting board. This activity is better suited for older kids who can use trainer knives or small paring knives. First, have your kids cut out a circle for a lid on the top of the bell pepper. Once removed, have them scoop the seeds out with their hands or with a spoon. Next, using an age-appropriate knife, carve out a fun or scary face from the front of the bell pepper. This simple activity can be further made into dinner by stuffing with ground beef, chicken, rice, or quinoa for a healthy and festive meal.
3. Make Caramel Apples
The perfect fall treat includes apples, caramel, and delicious toppings of your choosing. Caramel apples make for a fun and tasty activity the whole family will enjoy. Apples are at their peak season this time of year, making them an excellent fruit to choose for this activity. Grab your favorite variety of apples, store-bought caramel, or create your own at home and your favorite toppings to make this treat the perfect fall snack. For younger kids, you can try slicing the apples into ½ inch thick slices through the core and decorate as you normally would; this will make eating them a little easier.
4. Make a Fall Snack Mix
This fall activity is perfect for all ages and tastes delicious. Customize your fall snack mix with these ingredients:
● Chex cereal – try different combinations of rice, wheat, or corn chex
● Pre-made chex mix
● Goldfish or Cheez-it crackers
● Various nuts
● Candy corn
● Dried fruits – raisins, cranberries, banana, or strawberries
● Reese’s Pieces
● Milk chocolate or white chocolate chips
Store them in festive fall baggies or serve at your next get-together for a tasty fall snack.
5. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Are you looking for a healthy, festive fall snack? Well, look no further than this roasted pumpkin seed snack. This fun activity is perfect for the fall season because you can only find pumpkins this time of the year. Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and minerals making this snack a healthy one! So grab a pumpkin, scoop out the seeds, wash and roast them with your favorite seasonings or even make them sweet by adding cinnamon sugar for a tasty twist.
6. Do a Popcorn Science Experiment
Have you ever heard of popcorn on the cob? If not, this experiment will be a surprise for everyone involved! All you need to do is get an ear of dried corn on the cob, grab a brown paper bag and place it inside, then microwave it. Simple as that. Your little ones will love guessing what they think will happen, so make sure to ask them before beginning to keep it fun and exciting. This edible science experiment can also double as a snack; simply add butter or seasonings to the bag once popped for a tasty fall snack.