Conkers, leaves & learning
Autumn is a fabulous time of year for family fun: from walks in the park crunching leaves to conker picking and splashing in puddles, there is nothing like spending time together outside wrapped up against the cold. But there is also nothing like coming back inside again to a warm house and a nice mug of hot chocolate.
With more and more crisp autumn days ahead, it is important to have some ideas on how to keep children entertained; the season offers lots of inspiration, so we have put together a few of our favourite ideas from our parent blogger friends.
Crisp & Fun Nature Walks
As the trees begin to change and the leaves begin to fall, children often pick up the brightly coloured crispy leaves off the ground and admire their beauty, but do they know the name of the trees from which they fell? Do you? It is the perfect time of year to learn the difference between the trees and the shapes of their leaves, how they flower and if they produce a specific type of seed, fruit or nut. Nature is fascinating at any age and the Flights of Fancy About Trees Kit is the perfect educational and fun addition to any autumnal walk as it provides all of the answers.
It isn’t all about the trees though. Charly at Podcast checked out our Flights of Fancy About Bugs Kit recently with her little explorer. The kit comes with all you need to go on a bug hunt and identify what you’ve found. At this time of year there are lots of wet weather bugs on the paths of your favourite walks, so why not give Charly’s review a read and see what bugs they found and if your little explorers would love this kit too?
For other free outdoor activities to do with the kids this autumn, check out this post by Five Adventurers for a bit of inspiration.
Cosy & Warm Rainy Day Activities
When the weather outside is just that little bit too wet for a walk, you will need to keep the kids entertained inside to keep them cosy and warm and to stop them climbing the walls with post-summer frustration. We have rounded up some of the best autumnal activity blog posts from our favourite parent bloggers to give you a few ideas and save your sanity.
Stories, movies and games are an obvious choice, but whilst Roald Dahl is still fresh on their minds from Roald Dahl Day (Sept 13th) why not check out Brainbox Roald Dahl with your slightly older ones? Featuring their favourite characters, it brightens the dullest of days with some memorable nonsense. It’s a great family activity from one of the greatest authors that ever lived.
For your indoor craft days, Blue Bear Wood has put together some beautiful craft ideas to warm your heart and fulfill their need for making a mess - take a look here.
Whilst we are on the subject of warming hearts, Emmy’s Mummy has created this cute Autumn Hand Print Tree to keep in her memory box. Children grow so fast that this will make a lovely memento - find out more here.
For a few more ideas, Bakes Books & My Boys has put together a list of 10 ‘almost free’ fun autumnal things to do which includes ideas, crafts and recipes for autumnal treats to make with your children. Have a great autumn!