It’s that time of year again… where I’m crying over the fact that summer has gone and cold, rainy weather is on its way.
However, as much as I don’t like the cooler British weather, I do like lots of the things we get up to in the autumn months. I guess it’s because if you wrap up warm it’s still not too cold, and a bright sunny autumn day can still feel fairly warm.
I wrote a post a while back on reasons to love autumn to try and get me over my depression of the end of the summer. I thought I’d write a similar post but aimed at things to do with kids. I started to write the post with the aim of listing 10 autumn activities but ended up thinking of A LOT more.
So instead I’ve written a massive list that I hope gives you some good ideas, especially if you’re also pining for summer. There are lots of autumn outdoor activities for when (hopefully!) the weather is nice, but also some indoor activities for when it rains.
You might want to bookmark this list of things to do in autumn with kids so you have some ideas next time they complain they’re bored…
Ultimate list of autumn activities for kids
- The best thing about the change in season has got to be going on an autumn walk in the woods to see all the different colours.
- While on your walk, collect some autumn treasures – leaves, pinecones, acorns. You could even make it into an autumn scavenger hunt.
- If you’ve managed to collect lots of autumn treasures you can then try my 3 easy autumn craft ideas – leaf pictures, lanterns and sun catchers. These are really simple autumn crafts to make so ideal for younger children.
- Baking biscuits is great fun if you don’t want to go outside. This recipe for Apple & Almond Oat Cookies looks yummy!
- Autumn is the perfect time to go blackberry picking, either in the woods or at a local PYO farm.
- Once you have a good haul of blackberries, why not try this fab Blackberry & Almond Friands recipe or this delicious Blackberry Oaty Traybake.
- Don’t fret if it’s raining (which it’s going to do a lot of!), make the most of the weather and go and jump in puddles. Make sure your kids have a good puddle suit and wellies! We’ve just bought some new awesome rocket wellies from Next.
- In your new wellies go and find the biggest pile of leaves you can and stomp in them.
- Help out your feathered friends by making these easy toilet roll bird feeders.
- Go on a bug hunt and see what little critters you can find in the woods or garden.
- Start a leaf rubbing project.
- Get your kids involved in making this no-sew autumn leaf garland.
- Collect up some tins and packets for a local harvest festival or food bank.
- Cut some leaves out of felt and make this no-sew autumn fairy outfit.
- Get the spice rack out and make some homemade autumn spice paint.
- One of the best things to do in autumn in the UK is to go to to the woods to collect some conkers – then teach your kids how to play.
- A good indoor activity for a rainy autumn day is making play dough like this autumn scented one or these easy play dough acorns.
- Tidy up the garden and plant some bulbs ready for spring.
- Visit an autumn or harvest festival. Here’s a good list of autumn events around the UK.
- Take the kids geocaching, it’s a fun way to get some fresh air and explore areas you might not have been to before.
- Take advantage of a windy day and head out to fly a kite.
- Visit your local National Trust property to see lots of autumn colours, plants, wildlife and take part in any autumn or Halloween activities they have going on.
- Go pumpkin picking ready for Halloween.
- Kids love to pick up pinecones, acorns, sticks, leaves and goodness knows what else. Empty those pockets and make an autumn sensory tray with their collection.
- Autumn is the perfect time of year to go bird watching.
- Paint some rocks in autumn designs and hide them outdoors.
- There are loads of great autumn printable activities to be found on Printerest including these great autumn colouring sheets.
- If you want to do something a bit educational these autumnal alphabet wreaths are perfect for pre-schoolers.
- Carve your pumpkins into some cool designs, here are ours from last year…
- Read some spooky Halloween books.
- Watch some family-friendly Halloween movies.
- Make your house look spooky ready for Halloween with some homemade decorations like this pumpkin garland or these Halloween wreaths.
- Sit down and do some Halloween crafts. Check out my really easy ideas – scary gingerbread men, creepy mummy lanterns and spooky cotton wool ghosts
- Invite some friends over and have a little Halloween party. You could make some rosettes for the best costume or pumpkin.
- Enjoy the cooler weather and head off on a family bike ride
- Run through a corn maze and take some corn on the cob home to eat.
- Show the kids how to knit a scarf ready for winter.
- Build a bonfire in the back garden and toast some marshmallows – or just turn on the BBQ.
- If it’s rainy outside why not build a den in the lounge and watch a movie.
- If you didn’t manage to take the kids to watch the sunset over the summer because it was so late, make the most of the darker evenings and head out to watch it now.
- Host a fireworks party in your garden. If you don’t have the room, sparklers are more than enough to keep kids entertained.
- And then it’s getting to about that time to sit down and write your Christmas list or letter to Santa!
I hope that’s given you some ideas to keep you busy with the kids this autumn?
What are your favourite things to do in the autumn?