Autumn Activities For Children

Autumn officially began on the 22nd of September but you could be lead to believe that it had started a few weeks ago. You can see and feel the change in the seasons as the mornings are becoming darker and the days becoming shorter. You can feel the chill in the air, the colour of the landscape is beginning to change and the leaves are starting to fall from the tree's.

On the whole, I love Autumn. I enjoy the long family walks, the hot chocolates to warm ourselves up, the cosy evenings on the sofa and warm, hearty meals. Having said that, I'm not a fan of the darker evenings that come hand in hand with the season. On that note I thought I'd put together a post all about my favourite Autumnal activities to do with the kids, perfect for the weather we are about to have and also for the next half term too. 

Family walks
Now this is a family activity that we enjoy to do all year round but there's something special about walking in Autumn. I don't know if it's because you're able to wrap up all cosy and warm in your knitwear and  or the fact that your surroundings start to look so much more different, or maybe it's because you know Christmas isn't far off? Who knows, I do know that it is one of our favourite things to do as a family. Speaking of footwear, I really need to invest in some new walking shoes for Nick, Noah and I as we are always out and about, no matter the weather. 
Engelbert Strauss footwear offer weatherproof shoes for all the family, shoes that last and we really need all weather and heard wearing shoes living in this country.

Pumpkin picking
This was something we did for the first time last year, when Ava was still in my tummy. We drove out to a local pumpkin patch and strolled around looking for pumpkins to take home. Nick and I chose two huge pumpkins and Noah opted for a little misshapen one which had quite a lot of character! When we got home we carved them in Noah's chosen designs of Bing Bunny and Batman! We enjoyed it so much that we plan on doing it every year and hopefully it will turn into a new family tradition.

Nature hunts
This is a great activity that can be done at any time and in any weather. You can make an afternoon out of it or a quick half an hour depending on how many items you want to add to your list and how hard the items are to find. We usually grab a bit of card and a pen for our list but you can go all out and print off photo's to use so the little ones are able to visualise what they are looking for rather than you having to read it out to them. Even if you don't live in a very rural area, you can still jot down things which you know you'll come across. We like to bring home some of the items we find on our nature hunt so then we can make arts and crafts with them at a later date, another activity there to add to the list.

What activities do you like to do in Autumn?


  1. There are no woods within walking distance but we occasionally walk to a local park and kick leaves or a ball around. The children like to bring home pretty leaves and conkers, too.

  2. I love the nature hunt idea but to be honest I'm not much of a nature person! I do love going to hunt for the Gruffalo with the kids in the woods though and they usually have great parks at the woods.

  3. We've never done pumpkin picking but it sounds fun

  4. Autumn is a lovely season for getting outdoors, especially to woods. These are great ideas, thank you!

  5. Nice ideas for activities for autumn leaves are always fun for jumping in

  6. I love the autumn weather and the colours

  7. We love to make leaf rainbows with all the different colour leaves!

  8. We like to go and see our local fireworks display didn't go last year as little ones were ill but hopefully this year will be ok

  9. Lovely suggestions Jen, we love family walks at our local country parks, we haven't been pumpkin picking before but I will definitely be looking if their is a farm near us next year as they would love to pick their own xxx