October 18, 2018

Pumpkin Day

We celebrated our first annual pumpkin day this year. Any time there is a reason to celebrate and plan a day of fun activities, I'm AAAALL in! The girls and I were at the grocery store one day and saw a mountain of pumpkin flavored things in the middle of the aisle and came up with the idea together to have a day, "pumpkin day", consuming all the pumpkin-y things and making an activity day out of it to welcome the fall season. They were ecstatic about the idea as we loaded the cart with pumpkin spice everything! 

It was a simple day. We started with pumpkin pancakes followed with a trip to pick out pumpkins to carve and paint on. Every year we have a day of painting on pumpkins together so it was fun to keep that tradition alive and add it to our day. After the girls rested, we made this delicious pumpkin dutch apple pie, ate pasta with pumpkin cream sauce and finished the day watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". There were more things on our list that we didn't get to (maybe I was a liiiiittle over ambitious), but it only meant that we had more fall activities to do together on another day!

Before I had kids I knew that creating traditions and memories like this would be one of my favorite things to do as a parent. The best part is watching them get into it and be so excited for the day and tradition too. By the end of the night they were all saying that they didn't want pumpkin day to end! I love that these girlies of mine are just as into celebrating as I am. Doing it together is what makes the tradition so special anyways. 

In case you are wanting to start your own pumpkin day traditions I came up with some more fun ideas to do for the fall season. I'd love to hear more if you have more ideas that come to mind too, so please feel free to share!

-Go to the pumpkin patch
-paint pumpkins
-draw pumpkin pictures
-make pumpkin shape cookies
-carve a pumpkin together as a family
-play pumpkin bowling
-play pumpkin ring toss
-play hide and seek with pumpkins around the house
-bake pumpkin pie
-bring a pumpkin to someone you love just because
-make a fall garland together
-make pumpkin spice apple cider
-watch pumpkin/fall themed movies 

I also created this free download coloring page for you to use with your littles whenever you start your pumpkin day tradition too. Click here to grab it:

And if you do, I'd love to see! So please share and tag @coleykuyperart/ #coleykuyperart so I can see how you celebrated too!

Happy Fall!

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