By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Fun fall activities for your family
Biking
Take a walk or a bike ride through the changing trees and foliage. - photo by Ariel Skelley, istockphoto.com

Autumn just may be the most beautiful time of the year. With colorful leaves turning, scarves and boots being pulled out of the closet and delicious spiced beverages becoming available at your favorite cafes, there’s something enchanting about this season.

One struggle families often encounter, no matter what the season, is what activities will interest their kids enough to wrench their attention away from their iPads and gaming consoles.

A recent study out of the University of California, Los Angeles found that as children spend more and more time staring at screens, it can lead to the loss of important social skills.

“Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues -- losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people -- is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interaction seems to be reducing social skills.” says Patricia Greenfield, UCLA professor and senior author of the study.

This is a perfect time of year to take advantage of the season and engage your family in fun activities that don’t include staring at the television. Here’s a list of family activities to captivate your children and bring your family closer together.

1. Take a walk or a bike ride through the changing trees and foliage.

2. Try pumpkin spiced everything; lattes, candles, bread, spreads.

3. Visit a pumpkin patch.

4. Make a list of all the things you are thankful for.

5. Carve pumpkins together.

6. Create fun fall crafts.

7. Drink apple cider together next to a blazing fire.

8. Rake a pile of leaves together and play in them.

9. Bake a pumpkin pie or other delicious baked goods.

10. Try some of these fall themed games for the kids.

11. Visit a corn maze.

12. Create your own autumn scavenger hunt.

13. Make this pumpkin putty for your kids to play with.

14. Go to a local harvest festival in your community.

15. Try baking pumpkin seeds for a delicious fall snack.

16. Create a pine cone bird feeder.

17. Make and eat your own caramel apples.

18. Play touch football with the family.

19. Make popcorn balls together.

20. Create your own “Thankful Tree.”

Email: lperri@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @leahperri23