Fall is the perfect time to take down that dead tree or collect firewood.
This gives you the opportunity to create a wonderful children’s activity.
Children, young and old, love to stack blocks. 
Towers, fort boundaries, balancing acts, tunnels, bridges, etc. 
The possibilities are limited only by the imagination.
Cut small manageable pieces of a tree trunk or large limb. 
You can also use scraps of wood and lumber from a building project. 
Make sure the ends are smooth with no sharp edges.
Then let the creativity begin!
Building blocks do not have to be wood! 
Children can build and stack with small cardboard boxes,
empty food boxes/containers, food tin cans, etc.
One summer we traveled to a cabin on a lake.  Our youngest was about a year old so we carefully packed a toy bag for the week.  Much to our surprise, he spent the entire week playing with a large box of canned and boxed foods we had packed for the trip.  Not once was the toy bag used! 
Older children can be challenged to stack golf balls (yes, it can be done) or other unusual items.
So, look around your home for play opportunities.  The perfect toy/activity is often NOT in a package from the store. (In fact the box, bow and ribbons a toy is wrapped in often gets played with
more than the toy.) It is often NOT the toy with a screen or one that requires batteries. 
Often the most amazing toy/activity is an ordinary household item.

This Blog Post is inspired from the book:
Miraculous, Magical Moments in Minutes:
Over 500 Quick, Easy Activities for Adults and Children to Share
by Becky B. Baxa
If you would like more fun ideas to share with your children
(that do not require batteries or electronics )
you can purchase this 180 page book,
full of color photos,
for $21.95
from Amazon.com
from the gift shop at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO,
Silver Dollar City General Store in Branson, MO.
This book can also be checked out of the following libraries:
Scenic Regional Library – Pacific, MO
First Christian Church – Washington, MO
Hawaii State Library – Honolulu, HI
Story City Public Library – Story City, IA
Ellsworth Public Library – Ellsworth, ME
Ludington Public Library – Ludington, MI
Denver Public Library – Denver, CO
Pikes Peak Library District – Colorado Springs, CO

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