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Easy Fall Bucket List Craft for Kids

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I had the opportunity to make this simple and fun fall bucket list craft recently at my MOPS group and love it! My toddler and I have been having so much fun with it that I just had to share.

If you are looking to do more fun fall activities with your family this year, then this is the perfect craft for you.

I love this idea so much because it creates such a tangible opportunity for little ones to have a special moment with you everyday by pulling an exciting thing to do from the bucket and savoring the quality time and memory-making that follows! And that really is the point of a fall bucket list, isn’t it?

How to Make It

Putting a fall “bucket” list together is so easy! All you need is a cute bucket or tin of your choice, jumbo colored popsicle sticks, craft paper to make a label, and a sharpie. (And, of course, any other decorations of your choice.)

The tin pictured in our fall bucket list is from the Dollar Tree. You can grab a 100 pack of colored popsicle sticks on Amazon for less than ten bucks, or you can purchase plain ones for even less and paint/color them yourself with your kiddos.

Simply glue a “fall bucket list” label to the front, or write directly on your bucket, write all your fun ideas on popsicle sticks and put them in the bucket! (Pro tip: If your bucket is a little bigger like ours you can put some paper filler in the bottom so the sticks show out the top.)

Pull one out every day for some fall activity inspiration and start tackling your bucket list!

Bonus idea: to make this something my toddler can enjoy every day we made “double-sided” sticks. One side has simple at-home, toddler-friendly activities that fit into our daily schedule (ie make a pumpkin with play-doh) and the other side had our family activities/outings that we want to do all together. Make it however it works best for you and your family so that you will actually USE it! šŸ™‚

Fall Bucket List Ideas

Here are some fun fall bucket list ideas to get you started! Feel free to come up with your own, too. The sky is the limit.

If you have slightly older kids that are always complaining about being bored or asking for more screen time this a great way to get them outside or doing some other activities too.

Family Fall Bucket List Ideas

  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Take a hayride
  • Go to a cornmaze
  • Go apple-picking
  • Drink apple cider
  • Go on a hike
  • Make a craft with fall leaves
  • Decorate your front porch
  • Go to a farmer’s market
  • Make or buy costumes and go trick-or-treating
  • Make homemade chili
  • Talk about what you are most thankful for
  • Eat butternut squash soup
  • Build a cozy fort with pillows and blankets
  • Drink pumpkin spice lattes
  • Complete a puzzle
  • Make a donation to a food bank
  • Burn fall-scented candles in your home
  • Get family photos taken for Christmas cards
  • Roast marshmallows

Toddler Fall Bucket List Ideas

  • Make pumpkins out of play-doh
  • Play dress-up in your Halloween costume
  • Make lego pumpkins
  • Backyard pumpkin patch (We had loads of fun with this today! We recreated a pumpkin patch with some mini-pumpkins in our garden for more pumpkin patch fun! Hazel even took her dolls on a tricycle hayride.)
little girl playing with pumpkins
Backyard “pumpkin patch” fun at home! Don’t forget the apple cider.

This list could go on and on! Get creative, use Pinterest to come up with more ideas if needed (& follow me while you are there!)

But most importantly, think about a few memories you REALLY want your kiddos to have with you this fall, and stick those in. When it comes to family outings, I really believe quality over quantity goes far with making memories instead of more busyness.

I hope you enjoy this fall bucket list craft! It’s so fun and easy to make and is an adorable fall decoration too.

What are your favorite fall activities to do with kids? Let me know in the comments!

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