Noodle's Weekly Round-Up: Family Fall Activities

Summer is great and all...but there's nothing quite like the sounds, smells and spirit of fall!

This Sunday marks the first day of fall, making it the perfect time of year to be outside hiking, apple picking or going for a hayride with your family. Or, if you prefer indoor activities, fall is also a great time to bring out your crafty side, with some fun DIY kid-friendly activities!

For this week's round up, we've pulled together some of the most creative and fun fall activities from some of our favorite parent bloggers:

If you're a family who loves crafts, then you'll love these 15 Simply Adorable Fall DIYs forKids from Relish! From fall finger paints topumpkin-scented play dough, these DIY (ie: "do it yourself") activities are fun for kids of a variety of ages - and you don't have to be an artistic prodigy to enjoy them!

Jenn Savedge - aka the Green parent - has a great blog on the Mother Nature Network that's a must read for any eco-friendly parent. Her list of Fall fun: Nature crafts for kids is perfect for children who love science, nature and also like to get creative.

Eager to get the kids outside this fall? Writer Eileen Ogintz has found some of the most fun festivals and day time activities across the country for you to enjoy with your family. Check out her piece Taking the Kids: Getting them outdoors and away from electronics this fall from the Chicago Tribune.

Today's Mama spoke withLisa Hayden of Nature Rocks, a Nature Conservancy program designed to inspire kids to get outside and explore nature, to get some awesome ideas to encourage kids to put away the electronics and PLAY this fall.

The team at All Pro Dad also has a great list of15 Great Fall Activities with Your Kids! Full of traditional activities like backyard football, pumpkin carving, and camping, this list is great to keep on stand-by whenever you need some last minute ideas to keep the kids busy on the weekend.