Falling temperatures and the leaves on the trees turning orange, red, and brown mean that autumn is finally upon us. For many families, it’s the best season of them all. There’s so much to do at this time of year, with exciting activities suitable for adults and children alike
. Read on for our rundown of the top 10 autumn activities for the whole family.
Go on a woodland walk
There’s no better way to kick off autumn than by going on a woodland walk. Fantastic for both body and mind, it’s a great chance to soak up the sights and sounds that make this season so unique. As you trek through the piles of colourful leaves, see if you can spot the tracks made by rabbits, foxes, and even badgers.
Autumn is a great time to enjoy a family camping trip. Although it’s cooler than the summer months, the scenery is more spectacular, with stunning displays of red and gold foliage. You can expect to capture some incredible photos! Enjoy cool, crisp days walking, cycling, and spending quality time together once again.
Autumn wouldn’t be the same without a trip to a local farm to pick your own pumpkins. Pumpkin-picking is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and build excitement for Halloween. When you get home, have a competition to see who can carve the scariest pumpkin!
Bake autumnal treats
There are so many delicious, easy recipes for autumn baking with kids, so why not get in the kitchen and cook up a storm? Pumpkin pie, blackberry cake, and toffee apple cookies are great ideas if you’re looking for seasonal treats that will lead to smiley faces and fully tummies!
Go trick or treating
Autumn arts and crafts
Fly a kite
The brisk autumn wind is perfect for flying kites. The steady breeze common at this time of year will help you to launch your kite and keep it in the air. There are some fantastic places to fly a kite in the UK, with small hills with open areas usually best for this fun-packed family activity. Take a picnic with you and make a day of it.
Plant bulbs for Spring
If you want your garden to be bursting with colour next spring, it’s best to plant bulbs between October and December, before the first frost sets in. Let your little ones help plant tulips, daffodils, crocus, and grape hyacinths. They will love seeing their hard work pay off in the spring when the garden comes to life. Introducing your child to gardening to a great way to help them learn about the world around them, helping them understand life cycles and where their food comes from.
Donate to a food bank
The Trussell Trust is forecasting a bleak winter for many people in the UK, with 1.2 million forced to skip meals. So, why not donate to a food bank? You could use this as an opportunity to educate your children about food banks, letting them know what they are and why we need them. They offer free emergency essentials to those who are struggling to make ends meet. If you can, donate non-perishable items such as tinned foods, tea/coffee, and fruit juice. One easy way to donate items is to take them to a collection point at your local supermarket.
Unplug for a day
Unplugging from technology for even a day can have huge benefits for your whole family. Whilst devices like smartphones, tablets, and computers can make life easier in many ways, they can also impact our physical, mental and emotional health. So, why not encourage your whole brood to unplug for a day and swap screen time for family time? Head out for a walk in nature or get on your bikes and enjoy the fresh air instead – it will do wonders for your health and wellbeing. You can also pack some colouring books
for the little ones, so that they can keep themselves occupied when you take a break during your walk!