Too much technology in your house these days? Take a cue from your grandma and enjoy some old-fashioned, tech-free family activities this fall. Here are some classic ideas.
Canning—Gather up the last of the farm market’s tomatoes and make a big batch of salsa or spaghetti sauce to enjoy all year round.
Corn maze—Get lost in nature, not your iPod. Many local farms host corn mazes, hay rides and campfires this time of year. They’re a great opportunity for fresh air and family bonding.
Bird feeders—The simplest way to attract fall and winter birds is to feed them good old peanut butter on a pine cone! Gather pine cones from any nearby pine trees and slather them with peanut butter. Roll in birdseed for an added crunch, and store in the freezer. Set the pine cones outside and watch the birds fly in for a snack.
Make a scarecrow—Looking for a fun fall decoration to place in your yard? Stuff a bunch of hay into Dad’s old pants and a flannel shirt (or buy overalls at a thrift store for cheap). Use an empty milk jug for the head, covered with old tights or pantyhose. Let the kids paint on the face, then tie your new scarecrow friend to the front porch lamp post!
Fall hiking—Choose a state park nearby and gather the family for a hike. Walking through the woods at peak season is a wonderful opportunity to witness God’s amazing artistry!
Pumpkin goodies—Yes, you can buy a can of Libby’s in the store. But making your own fresh pureed pumpkin is much easier than you might think—and it tastes delicious! Just cut a pumpkin in half and discard the pulp. (Save the seeds for roasting later!) Place both halves flesh side down on a shallow roasting pan and cover with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for about 90 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft. Allow it to cool, then puree in a food processor. Keep your fresh pumpkin refrigerated in an air-tight container to use in all your favorite pumpkin recipes!