Autumn is here
Golden trees, crisp mornings, crunchy leaves and woolly jumpers can only mean one thing; Autumn is here. Outside there’s a slight chill in the air yet the sun glows warm(ish), inviting you to explore the new season’s offerings.
Autumn creates a wealth of new opportunities for you and your child to enjoy the outdoors. It’s time to wrap up and discover what’s out there! Here are a few ideas to try:
Autumn is radiant with colour, from fiery reds to deep oranges to soft yellows. The pavements are a carpet of coloured leaves. See how many different shades and textures your child can find and get crafting.
Leaves offer endless opportunities for fun. An old classic, rake the leaves into a big mound and then 3, 2, 1, jump! Once you and your child are jumped out, you could create a leaf maze. Try not to get lost in the leaves!
Nature is a feast of foods at this time of year; bursting with blackberries, elderberries, raspberries, sloes, apples, hazelnuts and so much more. Get hunting.
Hedgerows flourish with fruits, ready to be picked and made into delicious jams.
Under the horse chestnut trees await shiny Conkers in their spikey green casing for families to find. Conkers is a game that’s been played for generations, carry on the tradition and teach your child the art of the game.
Go on a treasure hunt in the modern age. GPS isn’t just to do with sat navs, it can also lead you to treasure, otherwise known as a geocache. Hidden all around the UK these little boxes are just waiting to be found. It’s time to go exploring.
Leaves are gradually falling from trees, resulting in bare branches and a ready-made climbing frame.
Early evening stroll
As the nights draw in, cherish what’s left of the evenings by going for an early evening walk and take in the autumnal setting.
Explore your local park or further afield on wheels and cycle through a forest of colours.
(Just make sure you do your bike safety check first!)
Fly a kite
The breeze that Autumn brings is sure to make your kite fly high. The mornings may be a bit chilly but usually by mid-day there’s a slight warmth to the air; best to make the most of this before winter greets us.
Flowers for spring
Inspire a lifetime hobby of gardening, both educational and fun. Autumn is the time to start planting your bulbs ready for spring. Encourage your child to get involved, they’re certain to enjoy getting their hands mucky and can watch as their flowers blossom. Your garden will soon be blooming with daffodils and tulips, making you the envy of your street!
Jump in puddles
Being as we’re in the UK, there is no doubt that rainy days lie ahead. But this doesn’t have to be a bad thing, find joy in the rain; get your welly boots on and splash through all those puddles.
In the run up to Halloween, pumpkins abound. Rather than carving, why not decorate your pumpkin using nature materials. What sorts of faces can you make with the different items?
With so much to see and explore, there’s no end to the creativity Autumn offers.
Be sure to collect only safe and edible foods. Select those fruit bushes and trees which are away from the roads.