Whilst I can often think of nothing better than curling up with a blanket and a large mug of hot chocolate (complete with marshmallows and whipped cream of course!), my children seem intent on spending as much time outside as they did in the summer. We have been balancing time outside with more drawing, colouring, baking and general indoor activities, but here are our favourite ways to burn off energy and make the most of this colourful season.
1) The park – The parks are often quieter now that the evenings are lighter, meaning no queues for the swings. The boys are not put off at all by the chill in the air, and I can come ready with a thermos of hot tea! They love the freedom and we are there whatever the weather!
2)Learning a new skill – For us at the moment, this is teaching my three year old to ride his balance bike. The pavements are emptier and the extra layers of clothing give more padding for the inevitable falls. Autumn is the perfect time to get out scooters, bikes or even practising their dribbling skills with a football.
3)Day Trips – We took the boys to the zoo last weekend and it was the perfect time to visit. The animals seem sleepier in the summer, but go when the temperature drops and the tigers are pacing, the penguins waddling and the hippos bathing. We dressed them up warm and they walked all the way round quite happily.
4)Autumn leaves are beautiful, colourful and crunchy, and my children can’t get enough. A simple walk to the supermarket is an adventure when you consider the opportunities. They kick them, throw them in the air and dance underneath, collect their favourites and discuss the colours (well the three year old discusses colours, the one year old points to every individual leaf proclaiming ‘Leaf’ loudly at every single one).
5)Autumn Crafts – There are so many options that there is something for every age. Bark rubbing, apple printing, mobiles made from leafs and strings and of course all kids love a nature hunt! There are plenty of resources online to print free, take along your paper and a crayon and leave them to it! For the littler ones, why not give them some sidewalk chalk and let them get arty – there is plenty of rain to wash it away.
There are so many reasons to get outdoors, just grab your waterproofs and thermals and you are good to go!
Written by our regular contributor Becky.
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