Summer might be over but family adventures don’t have to stop. Autumn is the perfect time to head out into the great outdoors with your little ones and ignite their curiosity. From stomping along wild woodland paths, chasing falling leaves on a windy day or foraging for juicy blackberries, we have some great tips for keeping the kids inspired this season.
Create a woodland treasure hunt
Woods can be a magical place for kids with so much to explore, see, touch and smell. Children love collecting things, so before you venture out make a list of woodland treasures for them to find. Natural spaces are abundant with acorns, chestnuts, animal tracks, fir cones, feathers, and contrasting leaves. Draw a chart for your little detective to complete and take a bag to collect their findings ready to take home for creating a crafty autumnal collage.
Top tip: Remember to wrap up warm and wear your wellies to keep toes toasty and dry. Why not take a flask of hot chocolate for that much needed winter warmer while you explore?
Get crafty pumpkin carving
If it’s too wet and windy to venture outside, get cosy and creative indoors with some spooky Halloween fun with your little monsters.
You can buy pumpkins in all shapes and sizes at the supermarket and find some great inspiration for simple designs online, such as these Day out with the kids’ designs. Once you have scraped out the insides of the pumpkin, you and your little ones can design your own petrifying pumpkin ready for displaying outside on All Hallows’ Eve.
Top tip: Use the insides to make a tasty pumpkin soup and toast the seeds for a yummy healthy snack.
Make a (fire)work of art
Following hot on the heels of Halloween is everyone’s favourite… Bonfire Night! Whether you’re planning a family firework party in the back garden or heading out to watch a spectacular display, why not get your little one excited by creating art inspired by the occasion. Grab some vibrant red, orange and yellow tissue paper, some coloured pipe cleaners that can be used for the bonfire frame and then lots of sparkly shapes and sequins to create their very own fireworks display.
Top tip: Toast marshmallows and whip up some candy apples for a delicious treat.
Whatever your choice for an autumn activity, remember to keep safe and have fun! Do you plan seasonal activity that inspires kids to stay active? We’d love to hear your ideas here.