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    5 ideas for autumn walks with kids

    With the arrival of fall, the temperatures finally lowered to a bearable range in the desert, where I'm currently visiting my grandsons. When I visited in the summer, triple-digit temps kept us indoors. Now, though, pleasant weather beckons us outdoors, and walks are a great way to enjoy the season.

    Here are a few ideas for autumn walks, several of which I hope to take with Bubby and Mac before I head back home to the mountains.

    Halloween decoration tour. This one we did yesterday. Bubby took the lead in showing Gramma the most festive and fun—and sometimes scary—homes in his neighborhood. We saw everything from simple Jack-o-Lanterns to silly cemeteries, hanging (and some buried) skeletons and witches and more. In true tour-director fashion, Bubby ended the walk by declaring the last stop on the route the winner of the Best Decoration contest and posed for a photo with Mac in front of their favorite.

    Penny walk. First, a word of warning: Don't try this not at home, for you just may end up lost if traversing an unfamiliar neighborhood. As you venture off, use a penny toss to determine your route by declaring a toss for heads being a left turn, a toss for tails being right. At each street corner, toss the coin again to decide which way to go. Once you've tossed and turned time and again, you may need to toss once more (or off and on throughout the walk) to decide whether to head back home or continue on.

    Alphabet walk. Print the alphabet, A to Z, down a piece of paper, then cross off each letter as you see things starting with that letter. A is for airpline, animal, ant. B is for blue sky, bike, buildings. C is for car, cat, cactus. And so forth. With 26 letters to mark off the list, this walk requires plenty of time—and creative thinking for a handful of letters, such as Z, X, K and Q.

    Picture-taking walk. This one was our original plan when we set out for our walk yesterday, as Bubby received a nifty digital camera for kids from Aunt Brianna for his birthday a few months ago. Dead batteries in Bubby's camera led us to opt for Plan B—the Halloween decoration tour instead. As long as batteries are charged, though, budding photographers of all ages will enjoy heading out with camera in hand to capture pics befitting a designated category. Ideal themes for fall are leaves, animals, signs of weather (clouds, blowing trees, etc) bugs, and more. And, of course, Halloween decor, too.

    Do you hear what I hear? Going for a walk typically means looking about and taking in the sights. Add a twist to your outing by keeping track of all the sounds you hear while out and about, too. With big sounds like trucks, sirens, dogs barking and motorcycles, down to lower volume beauties including wind chimes, bees buzzing and leaves rustling, there's no shortage of audible delights on an autumn adventure.

    Today's question:

    What do you most enjoy about autumn walks?

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    Reader Comments (13)

    Thanks again for great ideas and pictures.

    Autumn walks in Illinois usually include the sound of leaves crunching underfoot. Perhaps strange, but I enjoy that sound. Please bring on a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows upon return to the house!

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I love these ideas and am wondering why I didn't think of any of them. Yesterday we saw a barn with a gorilla leaning out the upper door. The gorilla was holding a skeleton.

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVicki Valenta

    Thanks for the pictures Lisa.

    I love taking autumn walks because it is favorite time of the year! I can walk anytime of the day not just at 7 am-LOL.

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    Love your pictures and all of these are great ideas! I especially like the photo one for both of us!

    Autumn walks just aren't the same in southern California -- I do miss the days of tromping through the fallen leaves, especially in the evening!

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    I enjoy walks in Autumn because og the changing colors, crisp air, and all the smells, especially wood fires in fireplaces; that brings cozy pictures of neighbors sitting around a fire in their homes.

    Your pictures of the boys captured their enjoyment well, keep having fun and making memories.

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Love these ideas and the accompanying pictures. Kids taking photos is wonderful.....a lifetime skill AND seeing things thru their eyes/their age! I too love the sound of crunching of leaves.....we get them even here in Georgia! The penny toss is clever if you have enough twists and turns in neighborhood......and another version.....which happened by accident and now is ALWAYS our first finding a lucky penny! Thanks for these and your beautiful presentation!

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Stommen

    Leaf crunching. I love the sound of the leaves under my feet. Do you play Pooh-sticks with your grandsons? My sons and I loved Pooh-sticks.

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    Autumn is m FAVORITE time for walks. I love the way autumn sunshine looks. Glorious.

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

    Leaves crunching, golden Aspen leaves flittering to the ground as you pass, the smell of autumn or the smell of someone's fire from an inside fireplace as it puffs out their chimney and the nip of the cool temps on your breath.

    October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

    Wonderful ideas, Lisa! My grandsons like to look for firetrucks and constructiion vehicles. Once a buldozer driver waved to my oldest grandson and he so so in awe as if he saw a movie

    October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

    What wonderful ideas! With football, riding, gymnastics, we don't have much time for fun walks in the fall.

    Stopping by from SITS

    October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSingle Mom in the South

    Those are some great ideas. Love them all. I might not be able to just walk into anyone's neighborhood though. Lets see.

    October 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKG

    Fun ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

    October 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermisssrobin
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