And just like that the 4 month long freak British heatwave is over and we're plummeted head first into a very brisk but welcome Autumn season!
1. Nature Walks Through The Park
There's nothing quite like an nature walk. With the tell-tale smell of damp earthy leaves that crunch beneath your feet (or wheels) and the windy rustle of the swaying trees overhead. Digging your hat and gloves out after many months, wrapping your littles up and heading out for a stroll in your local park. Although country parks have more to offer, your local park is just as good. Take it slow, pointing out all the things that have transformed with the changing season. There's lots of fun to be had in a woodland area with little ones, set up your own scavenger hunts, play hide and seek or tig, let them get messy and run off energy until their cheeks are rosey!
(for 3-5 year old nature detectives!) 🕵️
2. Leaf Picking
A simple, yet classic activity. The beautiful thing about Autumn is there's never 2 leaves the same. Young children have lots of fun carrying around a bag and picking up leaves of all colours, shapes, sizes and textures to use later to get crafty with!
3. Rock Painting, Hiding & Finding
|Photo Credit: Laura Rutherford www.brodymeandggd.com|
A trend that made its way across the pond from the U.S that doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon is Rock painting and hiding. All you need is; some rocks/stones/pebbles, acrylic paint and a variety of permanent pens to get in on this. Children and adults alike are only limited by their imaginations on what designs you can come up with, some write inspirational quotes to bring a smile to their seekers faces and others do awareness rocks such as this Changing Places Campaign inspired rock by my campaign buddy Laura (SEND Blogger 'Brody, Me and GGD'). The beauty of this is you can doodle anything and once you're happy with them, hide them in the woods, riverbanks, parks - wherever for others to either collect or hide in a new place...
Need some design ideas? Why not visit one of the biggest Rock painting Facebook groups going -
|Photo Credit: @muminthemadhouse Pinterest|
5. Conker Fun
Disclaimer: PLEASE be mindful the traditional game of Conkers requires adult supervision, as horse chestnuts are very hard and when swung hard during play can accidently cause injury. This is more a game for older children!
6. Pumpkin Picking At Your Local Farm
Smithills Farm, (our local farm here in Bolton) started advertising its pumpkin picking sessions in mid August! Yep it's not just Christmas that arrives earlier every year... It does make for a nice, authenic family day out and great for taking some Autumn family photos, plus they always tie it in with other Halloween activities such as a ghost train, apple bobbing and the children's costume party. Reasonably priced too. Check out this link for their latest deals 👇
7. Leaf Pressing
There are several ways of doing leaf/flower pressings, most iconic is the beneath many a heavy book method. Pressing can be a form of scrapbooking Autumn themed momentos, 'Real' works of art for the wall featuring real leaves or even making things like mobiles and home decor that'll last for months! So many options to keep the littles interested and discussing the wonders of the Autumn season.
8. Board Games
As Britain returns to its usual dreary weather, sadly our littles are forced to stay indoors more so than our sanity can handle! When they can't go out and play, and they're moaning they're bored, reach for the Board games! Not only does the child of this generation have far more variety than the Monopoly, Buckaroo and Hungry Hippo classics but it brings the whole family together in a healthy, competitive fashion. Plus it practices sharing! Win-win...
9. Creating An Autumn Sensory Bin
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If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know I love creating new sensory experiences for my eldest Abbie who is visually impaired. One of her upmost favourite sensory activities is seasonal sensory bins! There's so many angles you can go for with Autumn Sensory Bins,' such as by colour, favourite or 'comforting' textures, autumn scents, or mix up all things that scream Autumn to you and let your littles discover and explore everything about this magical season in one place! Sensory bins are definitely an inclusive to all activity.
10. Making Hand/Thumb Print Trees
This last one is SUPER simple, be great to create as a keepsake even with small babies (just make sure you're using non-toxic paint to be safe) and they make great gifts for family members or just to have on display in your home.
That brings me to the end of this post, I hope it's given you some Autumn inspiration to try with your littles. If you do have a go at anything mentioned above, why not share in the Comments?
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