Happy Fall! Since fall is here, I just had to share some ideas of ways to use normal, fall activities to be INTENTIONAL about passing your faith on to your children! I hope you are able to use some of these activities. If you have any ideas to add, feel free to share them in the comments or over in the Raising Godly Kids facebook group. Enjoy!
Fun Family Fall Activities with Biblical Applications
1. Applesauce & Variety
The Activity: Gather apples of several different varieties. If you are able, go to an apple orchard and pick them together. If you can’t get to an orchard, simply check out your local grocery store! Talk about how different each apple is. Notice the texture, taste, color, etc. Each apple is different . . . yet each can come together to make a wonderful, fabulous, fall treat: APPLESAUCE! Help your child use all the apples to make applesauce. Find a recipe here. As you eat the applesauce, say: Can you tell which apple is which? No . . . in the applesauce, all the apples mix together to make a delicious treat.
The Biblical Application: Read Acts 17:26-27 and Romans 10:11-13. Just like the apples are all different but they come together to make a delicious treat, we are all different, too. God made each person unique. We might look different, we might be different colors, we might have different strengths, but God loves ALL of us and He wants all of us to have a relationship with Him. When we follow Jesus, we can all come together through His Spirit, and that results in a beautiful, “delicious treat”!
2. Bobbing for Apples – Fishing for Men
The Activity: Gather several apples. Put them in a bucket filled with cold water. Then have fun bobbing for apples. Can your child pick up an apple from the bucket with his teeth? It might be hard work, and he might want to give up, but encourage him to keep going until that apple is saved from the cold water!
The Biblical Application: Read Matthew 4:19 and Matthew 28:18-20. God has called us to be FISHERS of MEN! God wants us to tell others about Him and to help save them from the “cold water” they are drowning in! Just like we had to get those apples out of the bucket, we need to get people out of their sin! Bobbing for apples was not easy . . . it was uncomfortable, we got wet and looked funny, and we were not able to get all the apples. In the same way, telling others about Jesus can be uncomfortable, we might get hurt in the process, we might look funny to the rest of the world, and we might not be able to rescue all the people we see . . . but we need to keep trying and sharing God’s love with those around us!
3. Caramel Apples
The Activity: Make caramel apples with your child. You can do this by melting caramel in a pan and dipping the apples in it or by using a caramel apple kit and stretching the caramel over the apples and then cooking them in the oven according to the package instructions.
The Biblical Application: Read 1 Peter 4:8. Before you make the caramel apples, take an apple and hold it out in front of your child. Talk with your child about things that hurt us. What are some things that cause us pain? What are some things that make it hard for us to show love to someone else? Each time your child says something, cut a small slit into the side of the apple with a knife. Then say: Look at this apple now. It doesn’t look as good as it did before, does it? This apple has been hurt and damaged . . . just like we are sometimes hurt and damaged by the people around us. How should we respond when we are hurt? We need to show LOVE. We need to love one another and let love cover over the multitude of sins. Dip the apple in the caramel so that the caramel “covers” the apple. Eat the apples together, thanking God for the way His love covers our sins!
4. Carve a Pumpkin
The Activity: Carve a pumpkin with your child. As you take out the gooey stuff, talk about how God can take the gooey stuff out of our lives. He removes our sins and makes us so that we can shine brightly for him! Place a candle in the pumpkin and let the pumpkin shine.
The Biblical Application: Read Matthew 5:14-16. Talk with your child about what it means to be the light of the world. How can we be a light to those around us? Light the candle in the pumpkin and watch as it shines and glows. Is your light shining for those around you to see?
5. Pumpkin Pie
The Activity: Make a pumpkin pie with your child. Enjoy eating it together – with or without whipped cream!!
The Biblical Application: Read Psalm 40:1-3. Sometimes life is messy. Sometimes we feel like we are stuck or sinking in all the craziness surrounding us. In those times, we need to cling to Jesus. We need to trust Him and wait patiently for the Lord, and He will set our feet upon a rock and make our footsteps firm. When we first mixed the ingredients for the pumpkin pie together, it was messy! It was runny and a little bit stinky. Then we put it in the oven and patiently waited. It was by going through the oven that our pie was made firm and turned into something that we could eat – and something we WANTED to eat! In the same way, trusting God through the tough times makes our faith firm and turns us into someone He can use for His glory.
6. Pumpkin Candles
The Activity: Bring out your seasonal candles! Light the candles and smell the aroma together. How long does it take for the aroma to fill the whole house? Does the candle make the house smell better?
The Biblical Application: Read 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. We are the aroma of Christ to the world around us! Just as the scent of the candle impacted the whole house, our lives need to impact the world around us. What kind of aroma are you being to the world around you? How can you be the aroma of Christ in your neighborhood?
For added fun: Make your own scented candles!
Candy Corn (because as much as we hate to admit it, candy corn is a part of fall so we might as well take advantage of it!!!)
7. Candy Corn & The Transfiguration
The Activity: Make Candy Corn Cloud dough with your child. Let your child play in it.
The Biblical Application: Read Matthew 17:1-13. Use the candy corn cloud dough to share the story of the transfiguration. When Jesus was transfigured before the disciples, His face shone as the sun and a bright cloud came down and enveloped Him. Talk about how amazing that must have been! Let your child play with the cloud dough and use it to act out the transfiguration.
8. Candy Corn & The Furnace
The Activity: Play with candy corn and miniature figures to tell the story of the fiery furnace.
The Biblical Application: Read Daniel 3. Act out this passage of Scripture using mini-figures and candy corn. The candy corn can be the flames of the fire.
9. Candy Corn Prayers
The Activity: Eat candy corn together – with a catch! For every candy corn you eat, you must say a prayer or praise (or both).
The Biblical Application: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. The Bible tells us to pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances . . . that means we can pray and give thanks even when we are eating candy corn!!!
10. Scarecrow Creations
The Activity: Have fun making a scarecrow together!
The Biblical Application: Read Genesis 1:26-27. Talk with your child about how God created people. He made each person special and in His image! Talk with your child about what it means to be made in the image of God. Use the “creation” of the scarecrow as an opportunity to talk with your child about how special he is and how God created your child exactly how he wanted him to be . . . just like you are “creating” your scarecrow exactly how you want that scarecrow to be.
NOTE: If you do any of these activities, feel free to share pictures with us over in the Raising Godly Kids Facebook Group! We’d love to see them!!!
Thanks for hanging out with me today! Keep sharing God’s love with your kids!