Jump Into Fall
Fall weather is like the story of the Three Bears. The temperatures are �not
too hot, not too cold, but just right!� It�s a great time for families to enjoy
the out of doors, especially after school, before supper and on the weekends.
Being physically active will help to keep your immune system strong. It just may
help you avoid the cold that often accompanies the return to school or the
weather changes. Here are some ideas for keeping active during this wonderful
time of year.
- Be a helper. Rake leaves into a huge pile, then jump in them!
- Play hide and seek and use the leaf pile to hide in!
- Find 8 different kinds of leaves and then draw their shapes in the air
using a pretend gigantic paintbrush.
- Using a watch, see how long it takes to run around the outside of the
house or to your favorite neighbor�s house.
- Make up a new jump rope jingle or rap about fall.
- How many walking steps, giant steps, scissor steps or running steps does
it take to go around the block or your house (remember to choose the same
route each time)?
- Get with friends and play a game of charades acting out ways you enjoyed
being active during the summer (swimming, playing ball, etc.)
- Go to the park you visited in the summer and make a list of the changes
you notice from summer to fall.
- Borrow a bike and a helmet and ride along a greenway.
- Fall is a time some dress up to look like someone or something
different. Practice the moves this other person or creature would make, so
you can be convincing. (Mom and Dad, you�re not too old to make a few faces
and walk like an Egyptian or Frankenstein.)
- Play outdoor games such as Mother May I or Simon Says.
- Plant a fall and winter garden or plant some spring bulbs in the ground
or a clay pot or plastic container and watch what happens.
- Talk about activities you enjoy and make up a triathlon using those
activities. Keep a chart of your activities until you complete the event.
(For example, your triathlon might include walking, biking and ball tossing.
Determine the length of your activities � walk one mile each time you walk,
bike 20 � 30 minutes, toss or kick a ball for 20-30 minutes.) Upon
completion of your triathlon give awards to each member of the family who
- Play Twister!
- Have a prom in your living room. Play music from your era and
demonstrate the dances you danced. Then your children play their music and
show you the dances they dance. Everybody�s sure to laugh (laughing is great