It’s getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and I have dug up my woolies from the storage drawer under my bed. Autumn is finally here and I, for one, love this time of the year.
It’s a beautiful time to get out and about and enjoy all nature has to offer. Here are my favourite things to do with the kids in autumn.
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Top 10 Autumnal activities with kids
1. Leaf Play
There is nothing more satisfying than jumping into a big pile of (dry) leaves. Make a maze or even a nest out of leaves. Alternatively, make a house floor plan using leaves as walls. I used to do this in Summer with grass cuttings in the school playing fields – great fun.
2. Apple Picking
Find an orchard/friendly neighbour and pick some apples. Take them home and see what you and the kids can rustle up in the kitchen. Apple pies, apple muffins, toffee apples or even a traditional apple crumble.
- Apple recipes – a good selection of apple inspired recipes
3. Build an outdoor den
Explore the world of hibernation and build a den outdoors. Use branches, leaves and anything else you can find. Talk about what would you take with you into your den if you were going to hibernate over winter.
4. Blustery beach walk
Wrap up warm and take the kids for a walk on the beach. Watch the waves crash into rocks, throw pebbles into the sea, collect shells and then as a treat, tuck into some fish and chips for lunch. Bliss.
5. Plant some bulbs ready for Spring
Do some gardening with the kids. Take a trip to the local garden centre and select your bulbs. For spring-flowering bulbs, plant daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths at the end of September and tulips in November.
6. Go on a tree hunt with paper & wax crayons
Take a trusty I Spy book, some paper and wax crayons to the local woods and make bark rubbings of each tree you find. See the different patterns that the bark makes.
7. Pick your own pumpkin and decorate it with your family
Go the nearest Pick-Your-Own and select a pumpkin to decorate at home. Traditionally pumpkins are carved but if you don’t want to let your kids loose with a knife just yet, then check out these great non-carve ideas.
Collect some conkers and then check out these two websites that have some great suggestions for what to do with them.
- 10 Things your kids can do with Conkers – I do love a Top 10 list.
- Conker Crafts and Activities – some great ideas including creating a conker marble run.
Alternatively, check out what happened when we decided to do some marbling with conkers. A simple craft with some great effects. Plus it puts to use all those conkers that we have collected over the last week.
9. Tree climbing
Explore the woods and climb some trees. We love the Forestry Commission for great forests with bicycle hire, woodland adventure playgrounds, along with kid friendly forest trails. See also The Woodland Trust for forests near you.
10. Autumn arts and crafts
Autumn provides a real treasure trove of creative tools which means endless opportunities for fun art projects.
- Autumn Crafts – Over 50 autumnal craft ideas from twig fairies to toadstool making.
Over to you
I always think autumn is a great time of year for taking photos. Such beautiful colours and a lovely natural light. If you’d like to share some pictures of your family enjoying the autumnal weather then post pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #autumnalkids. Enjoy.