Free printable fall bucket list. 100+ awesome ideas bucket list ideas: great for kids.
Pre-filled and blank printable fall bucket list.
I love fall. At least fall as it was when I lived in the North. Chilling weather. Brightly colored leaves. Brisk air. Crunching on the ground when I walked. Pumpkin pie spice and apple cider. Well, I still get the last two in the South.
Now that I have a child, I’m determined that we’re going to do something special every year. So I started making bucket lists for each season. And I decided you might like the list! I talked to some bloggers to put together some ideas (& recipes) for you.
There is a free printable fall bucket list towards the end of the post. It includes most of the ideas below. There is also a blank one for you to write your own ideas. (That’s the one I’ll be using!)
If you like bucket lists, you might also like the Free Printable Summer Bucket List and Free Printable Halloween Bucket List. If you’re looking for more fall content, check out the “Seasonal Printables” page dedicated to seasonal content.
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My favorite fall bucket list ideas all take place outdoors. If you live where there is snow, it’s your last chance to really enjoy the weather without bundling up. Enjoy the list below!
• Visit an apple orchard & pick apples.
• Visit the local pumpkin patch & pick out a pumpkin.
• Attend a fall festival.
• Take a road trip and check out the fall foliage. This Fall Foliage Map predicts where you can see the most colorful leaves when.
• Visit a farmer’s market and buy seasonal produce.
• Go on a hay ride.
• Visit a corn maze.
• Fall scavenger hunt. There are multiple options below.
Fall Scavenger Hunt– words & picture (illustrated) options
Fall Scavenger Hunt– words & picture (realistic) options
Fall Scavenger Hunt (requires e-mail sign-up to grab it)
• Have an autumn picnic
• Go hiking at a state or national park
• Create a collection of fall leaves
• Go buy a new sweater for the cooler weather
• Take one last trip to the beach
• Go for a bike ride
• Go for a long walk.
• Attend a craft fair
• Go to a football game. Or tailgate.
• Commit Acts of Kindness. There are 150+ Random Acts of Kindness (plus printables). Or 100+ Acts of Kindness for Kids. You might also consider “How to Run a Canned Food Drive.”
• Volunteer at a food bank. Or donate to a food bank.
• Go stargazing
• Visit the zoo now that the weather has cooled off
• Attend a chili cook-off
• Attend an Oktoberfest festival in your area
Food Fun- Pumpkin
I’m torn whether my favorite fall flavor is pumpkin or apple. So I made a section for each for our fall bucket list! Which is your favorite? Comment at the bottom letting me know.
• Enjoy a pumpkin food or drink (there are tons of options below!)
• Make your own pumpkin pie spice (you’ll use plenty of it in the recipes below…haha).
• Bake a pumpkin pie
• Pumpkin Cheesecake- there are two versions below. One is No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. The other is a more complicated- but delicious- layered Pumpkin Cake Cheesecake.
• Make pumpkin bread. There are a couple of options. You can go with Better than Starbucks Pumpkin Bread. Or you can try Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread.
• Eat a pumpkin muffin. You can make your own or grab some at the store.
• Make pumpkin spice waffles
• Make pumpkin spice latte
• Make pumpkin soup
• Make pumpkin cookies.
• Make pumpkin pie spice muddy buddies
• Roast pumpkin seeds
Food Fun- Apple
• Enjoy any apple food or drink. (There are tons of options below!)
• Bake an apple pie. Even better, make 2 & take one to a neighbor.
• Make homemade applesauce
• Eat (or make) apple fritters
• Cook apple chips
• Drink apple cider. If you’re up for a bit more of an activity, you can make your own apple cider (stovetop & crockpot methods). Or this apple cider recipe (also has stove-top and crockpot instructions). If you don’t want hot apple cider, try an Apple Cider Slushie.
Homemade Apple Cider (stove-top & crockpot)
Homemade Apple Cider (stove-top & crock-pot methods)
• Make apple butter. I especially like this no peeling, slow cooker apple butter recipe. This Crockpot Apple Butter also looks good.
No peeling required Apple Butter
• Make apple pie. If you really want to taste the apples, try this British Apple Pie, which doesn’t use cinnamon.
• Make caramel apples. Or candy apples.
Candy Apple Decorating (there isn’t a printable recipe for this one, but there are plenty of pictures and ideas for you to explore.)
• Make apple cookies.
Food Fun- Miscellaneous
There is more to fall than pumpkin and apple. Complete your fall bucket list by trying out these other food options.
• Enjoy a bowl of chili
• Eat candy corn
• Can/preserve something
• Roast chestnuts
• Cook with autumn squash
• Pop popcorn on the cob
• Make your own fall oatmeal flavors
• Have a cup of hot chocolate. Make it more fun by making Hot Chocolate Bombs.
• Make cookies.
• Make soup! (or stew). There are plenty of options below.
• Indulge in your favorite hearty comfort food (or casserole)
• If you didn’t know, pears are an autumn food too. Why not make these homemade pear muffins with the kids? And you might still be able to get some peaches…it’s the very end of the season for them. Try Easy Peach Hand Pies.
• Have a bonfire. Bonus points for s’mores
• Curl up in front of the fireplace
• Have a movie night. You can pick (semi) scary movies to get a start on Halloween.
• Camp in your backyard. Make sure to take plenty of blankets!
• Read a book during some cold and rainy day. I highly suggest: Autumn in the Forest (Lift-a-Flap), There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, or Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn. This post “Fall Books & Short Stories for Kids About Autumn” also has activity ideas after each book.
• Color fall coloring books
• Put together an autumn puzzle. Adults might have to help the kids- all the really cute ones are a bit more complicated.
• Scavenger Hunt.
Free Printable Fall Scavenger Hunts– there is an indoor version for around the house. There is also a leaf and nature one you might be able to do right in your neighborhood.
• Jump in a pile of leaves. (It’s best if you rake them yourself so you know there aren’t branches in there that could scratch you or the kids.)
• Fling open the windows and air out the house with crisp fall air.
• Make a fall potpourri for the stove & make the house smell wonderful.
• Burn an autumn-inspired candle (watch the flame with kids!). Candles to try: Sweater Weather, Autumn Wreath, or Spiced Pumpkin.
• Carve a pumpkin. Make sure to grab a pumpkin carving kit to make it easier. You can also get Pumpkin Carving Stencils to make it easier.
Women’s Day has 59 Cute & Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.
If you’re looking for a unique twist, there is a Pumpkin Prayer Activity that involves carving a pumpkin.
If you want to include some science, try this Jack O’Lantern Rot Prevention experiment– there are four ways to preserve the pumpkin…see which one works best.
• Do a little science with your pumpkin. Bubbling Pumpkin Experiment is one way. The Pumpkin Investigation Activity is another.
• Practice gratitude. This is especially a wonderful season to do so with the harvest of plenty and with Thanksgiving coming up. You can try Free Printable Gratitude Journal Pages or this Free Printable Gratitude Scavenger Hunt.
• Cheer on your team in the World Series
• Plant fall flowers that will bloom in the spring
• Take photos for Christmas letter
• Create a fall playlist
• Decorate your house for fall. You can try Free Printable Fall Wall Art. These fall wooden signs are also cute. Fall garland can be used on bookcases, around the TV, or down the center of the table. This Fall Leaves Decorative Lamp is also beautiful.
• Have a game night
• Host a party. Bonus points for including fall activities like bobbing for apples.
Fall Activities & Crafts
• Make a scarecrow
• Make a DIY fall wreath
• Make a fall bouquet
• Collect and press fall leaves.
• Fall coloring- crayons, markers, and/or painting.
Crayon Leaf Rubbing uses coloring and leaves to make fabulous designs.
Fall Salt Painting. (Note: I’ve never seen this before and can’t wait to try it with my own kid when he’s a little older). As the post says, you can make a bit of an experiment and do it with sugar too and see how the finished product differs.
3 Coloring Pages– they’re “technically” for adults, so might be best for older kids. But even younger kids would have fun.
Free Printable Fall Coloring Pages (requires e-mail sign-up to get them, though)
• Fall leaf crafts. There are a variety of options. You can use paper, torn tissue paper, fake leafs, constructions papers, and more. Scroll down to see the various options.
• Fall pumpkin craft.
Button Pumpkin Craft– the craft calls for using a wood plaque…but I bet you could also use a small paper plate if it isn’t something you’re going to keep.
• Apple stamping. There are a variety of options & ideas below.
• DIY Pressed Flower Bookmarks
• Play with playdough. Make Pumpkin Spice Playdough. Another activity is to print out these Free Printable Fall Playdough Mats and have the kids decorate them.
• If you’re tired of playdough, try slime. Such as this Orange Glitter Fall Slime!
• Make Fall Window Stars
• Rock painting. Such as Fall Gnome Rock Painting.
• Learning with fall stuff. Make an Apple Toothpick Tower. This activity can help you discuss some basic engineering ideas, such as having a strong base to build on, etc. Fall Leaf Alphabet Matching helps kids learn their letters.
Free Printable Fall Bucket List
• Print options: regular paper works just fine, but you can use card stock if you want a sturdier version.
• All of the files are in pdf below. Just hit the “download” button (or pink word “download,” depending upon browser).
• The default size of these is full-page. However, if you want smaller, simply reduce the print size! If you’re not sure on how much to reduce, check out my post “How to Resize Printables to Fit Your Planner.”
The free printable fall bucket list includes a bunch of the items above, but not all of them. It’s already a full list and I couldn’t fit everything.
Blank Fall Bucket List Printable
In case you wanted to make your own list, I included a blank version for you! This is the one I’ll be using next fall when the baby is older. That way I can pick stuff we can definitely do. (Since his age is going to limit some of our activities.)
Do You Have Any Ideas to Add?
I would love to add to this list. If you have any ideas, please comment letting me know. As you can tell, I’ve included plenty of links. So, yes, if you’re a blogger, I would like to hear from you too.
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