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Published September 27, 2012, 11:35 PM

5 Things Friday: Five family activities to welcome fall

Five fall things to do as a family.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Editor’s note: “5 Things Friday” is a weekly feature in SheSays that will run on – you guessed it – Fridays. It will focus on quick tips, ideas, activities and more – all in bunches of five. If you have a “5 Things Friday” suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com.

  1. Play in the leaves

    The summer sun may have faded, but that’s no reason you can’t still play outside. Rake up leaves and jump in the pile. Make a maze through a leaf-covered yard for everyone to follow. Try to catch leaves before they fall to the ground. Go on a nature walk and collect as many different types of leaves as you can.

  2. Bake something together

    This recipe from the October issue of Highlights High Five magazine can be prepped by the little ones.


    3 large eggs

    1½ cups milk

    ½ cup cream

    2 cups solid-pack canned pumpkin

    ½ teaspoon cinnamon

    ½ teaspoon ginger

    16 slices cinnamon raisin bread

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Crack the eggs. Put the milk, cream, eggs, pumpkin and spices in a bowl. Stir.

    Cut or tear each slice of bread into four pieces and put them in a large bowl.

    Pour the mixture over the bread. Stir. Make sure the bread is coated on all sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    Spoon into an ungreased 6-inch square pan.

    Bake for about 50 minutes. The pudding will be solid and golden brown.

  3. Go to the Fall Festival

    The annual Fargo Park District event continues this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo.

    The festival includes arts and crafts, carnival games, face painting, Clay County 4-H animals, a straw bale maze, strolling clown, barrel train and horse-drawn rides. Admission is free. A wristband for games and rides is $5.50. Pumpkins available for purchase.

  4. Fall into a good book

    Some kid-friendly autumn harvest titles suggested by Barnes and Noble are: “Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, “Apples, Apples” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, “Why Do Leaves Change Color?” by Betsy Maestro and “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert (pictured).

  5. Make a fall-themed craft

    These ears of Paper Indian Corn are a colorful table decoration. You’ll need natural-colored raffia paper (also called paper twist), yellow poster board, colored tissue paper, scissors and glue.

    To make each stalk, cut three 18-inch lengths of the raffia paper. Untwist them and trim the edges to resemble corn husks. Fan out the husks so they overlap, and glue together.

    Cut out an ear of corn from the poster board and glue it to the husks. Crumple 3-inch squares of colored tissue paper into round kernels and glue them to the ear.

    Gather the husk bottoms and tie together with a strip of raffia.

    Source: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/