It’s hard to believe that we are swiftly heading into Autumn already. The summer (what summer?!) seems like a distant memory and now the kids have gone back to school, (or started, in our case!) thoughts are turning towards the Christmas countdown.
We had a lot of fun over the summer taking part in a fantastic bear hunt that has been taking place in the Birmingham region. It involved getting into our comfortable trainers and doing lots of walking and seeing lots of places we haven’t seen before. The hunt is called The Big Sleuth and it’s all in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. You can find more about it here. I will be putting together a blog post when it’s all over so keep an eye out for that in the not too distant future.
It got me thinking about how we can keep this momentum up. I really want us to keep on getting out and about this Autumn with the Little Man and make lots more fun memories as a family. Now that he has started school, it makes you realise just how fast time moves and I want to make the most of these younger years while we still have them.
The beauty of the blogging world is that the ideas and inspiration of so many other bloggers are just a small reach away. I knew there would be many other Mums and Dads out there with a multitude of ideas of what we can do over the coming months. I wasn’t wrong. So I have put them together in this handy post.
So here we have, a fantastic compilation of ideas for getting the kids out and about this autumn.
Katy of katykicker.com suggests “Go out on a woodland based treasure hunt. Look for pine cones, large brown leaf piles to run in and other autumnal items.” Nicola from A Blog’s Life agrees and says “I’m with Katy! We go to our local park in sun, rain or snow! It’s a great place to go adventuring, leaf collecting, pine cones, conker collecting and bird watching. We have been lucky enough to spot deer a couple of times and that always gets the kids excited!” Lucy from Me, Him, The Dog & A Baby also says “Put on a pair of wellies and head off to your local park. Even if it’s muddy and a bit wet, it’s still fun to explore, jump in puddles and kick up leaves!”
This was a really popular one because Donna from Bobsy’s Mum also said “Scavenger hunts are great in Autumn because there’s so many different leaves and bits to find!”
Debbie who blogs at My Boys Club suggested visiting a nature reserve. She has a great little blog post documenting one that she has visited herself: Getting Back To Nature On Teeside.
The National Trust properties are a big hit with Collette from Truly Madly Cuckoo. I have to agree. We had a membership a couple of years ago and visited on several occasions. Well worth it if you have the time to go regularly. Lucy from Momma Mack also agrees. “We love going out to national trust properties, it’s lovely to see the changing colours of autumn. They often have great activities for kids too such as around Halloween and Bonfire night”
“Go on nature trails,” says Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady, “especially fun this time of year as conkers start to fall. I also like to use the change of seasons as a way to educate my toddler on the seasons and why leaves will change colour and begin to fall etc. Plus, it’s totally free to do, which is always a bonus, right!?”
Emily from Emily & Indiana says “Pumpkin picking is a big favourite here when October rolls around! My two love seeing how many they can collect.”
Kirsty from Get Kids Outside suggests “Make kites! Windy weather always seems to come in the autumn so it’s perfect kite flying conditions”. Whilst Becka from Mummy Est 2014 says “We are off conker picking then we’ll use them for craft projects when it’s indoor weather days (loads of conked ideas on Pinterest).”
“Go fruit foraging and find blackberries in the local field hedgerows. If you know someone with a cooking apple tree collect some of those too and bake a crumble together when you get home.’ This suggestion came from Nikki who blogs at Yorkshire Wonders.
Anoushka at Spitting Yarn says geocaching is the way forward. She has written a great post and this is something that I think would be right up our street, so I’m definitely going to look into it further – this post is a great start!
Finally, if all this wasn’t enough, Kelly over at School Runs & Shopping Trolleys has written a great post called Autumn Outdoor Play Ideas – 9 physical play activities for kids!
So many ideas here and I can’t wait to get some scheduled in the diary! A huge thank you to all of the bloggers that took part and contributed to this post. Do check out their blogs, if you get the chance.
Do you have any to add to this list? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear them.