Looking for fun, child-friendly activities to do in the new season? Here are ten brilliant things to do with children in autumn
We’ve waved goodbye to summer, the older children have gone back to school and there’s a distinctly frosty nip in the air first thing. Autumn is on the way.
But while spring and summer are about outdoor fun and splashing around in the paddling pool, you might be wondering what to now you've deflated the floaties for another year and the weather is turning.
Here are 10 brilliant things to do with children in autumn:
Go on an autumnal walk: Wrap up warm and grab the wellies, The sun might not be shining quite so brightly, but it’s still a good time to get out and about. Fresh, clear air will clear everyone’s sleep-deprived, muddled minds and burn off some of that excess toddler energy. And you might even have the park to yourselves.
Leaf jumping: As the leaves fall from the trees, there are lovely piles everywhere for jumping that haven’t quite turned to wintery sludge yet. Take inspiration from Peppa’s puddles, find the piles in the park and get jumping. Even better when there’s a slight frost for the added crunch.
Conkers: How could we not include the autumnal classic? The fun is in the finding, collecting, and - gentle - fighting.
Leaf collecting: Fallen leaves are a brilliant starter for arty activities. Collect different colours, make leaf collages, press and dry them to use later.
Curl up and read a book: As the weather sets in, curl up and read indoors instead. Why not join your local library, if you’re not already a member? This means free loans of books and lots of fun activities.
Visit a pumpkin patch: If you’re planning on carving a pumpkin for Halloween, why not pick it yourself? Pumpkin patches are an American tradition that have made their way over to the UK (and the colours look great on Instagram). Google to find your local one, and here are some in and around London.
Make a seasonal bake: Don’t let the pumpkin go to waste - use it to make this Halloween pumpkin tray bake instead.
Pick apples… While summer is all about strawberry picking, the change of season doesn’t mean fruit gathering is no longer an option. Autumn is apple season, so find a local farm near you.
...And then make a pie: Make a pie or crumble together (this is a tasty and child-friendly apple pie recipe from BBC Good Food).
Watch the fireworks: If your children are very little, or have sensory issues, try and find a child-friendly firework display - these usually start early and have less of the big bangs.
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