I created our first Fall Bucket List with my kids many years ago… before they could even read! I had my son illustrate the activities so he could remember what they were — hence, the hieroglyphics. (My personal favorite: for “Make fall cookies”, he pointed out the squiggly line “is the smell of baking cookies coming out of the oven. You can see the cookies through the oven door.” Obviously.)
We had fallen out of the practice of this tradition over the years, but at my older kids’ middle school this year, they each had to complete a September Goals exercise: “What would you like to get out of this year? How would you like the year to feel to you at the end? What will you set as your intention?”
It made me remember the appeal of our old Fall Bucket List. And I have to say, the idea of a bucket list (or a goals list – call it whatever you like) appeals to me these days more than ever. I feel like the weeks, months and seasons fly by so quickly now with the busy-ness of school, activities, sports, etc. I really like the idea of trying to be more intentional with how we spend the time we have.
How do we want this season to feel? What are our intentions?
We talked about it as a family in the car on the way to school one morning (sidebar: I find the car an excellent venue for questions like these; the kids cannot physically run from the question, but also, there’s a finite limit on how long Mom can push the discussion, because they know we will get wherever we’re going pretty soon. The teen and pre-teen seem happier to engage with those boundaries set 😉.) Here are the intentions that we settled on:
Embrace (some) adventure.
And so with those in mind, we brainstormed our new list. There are some repeats from before (because who doesn’t love traditions?) and a few new ones to try. (Yes, you’ll notice I was able to enlist one of our fabulous designers to help me — no, my own graphic design skills have not improved on their own by 1000%. Thank you, Jessica! She even made a blank one for you!)
A few other personal favorites that didn’t make our final list this year, but I am still hoping to do:
Acorn Cap Jewels – the pictures aren’t great on our blog, but the end result is always beautiful. They make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece!
KiwiCo Pumpkin Carving – for obvious reasons 😉
No Bake Pumpkin Cookies – more obvious reasons. No Bake. Pumpkin. Cookies.
Make a Leaky Pumpkin – it’s basically a vomiting pumpkin. Kids love it.
And if you’re looking for more ideas of fall activities, there are literally hundreds of them on the DIY section of our site: https://www.kiwico.com/diy/explore/fall.
Finally, here’s a link to a blank downloadable Bucket List template if you’d like to use it.
We’re always looking for new ideas, so please share:
What’s on your family’s Fall Bucket List?