Rainier, colder days can make entertaining children much more challenging, but autumn actually brings a vast host of activities to engage in with your family.
Collect Conkers: This can be a great activity for adults and kids alike. Offering parents a chance to reminisce about their childhood while trying out some fantastic conker arts and crafts projects such as a conker worm or painting. Conkers also provide an excellent opportunity to scrub up on simple maths.
Go On An Adventure: Autumn offers a great chance to go on a lovely family walk without quite the fear of sunburn or heat stroke. Why not see how many different coloured leaves you can find or follow a Gruffalo Spotters trail such as this.
Make a scarecrow: Whether you have an allotment or some plants to protect or not, you can have a great time making a scarecrow. One of the best things about that is the ability to use things around your own home. Why not have a look through old clothes, grab that broken broom handle (or collect some branches on a walk) and some string and set to making a scarecrow. You can stuff it with straw, twigs, leaves or even old bottles! Get Creative!
Pick Up Pinecones: Just like conkers, pinecones offer great arts and crafts opportunities – you could even make a pinecone spider just in time for Halloween.
Build A Bird Feeder: Not all birds migrate, and those left behind do need a steady source of food to keep them at their healthiest. Even the birds that do migrate will need some food to stock up for their trip. You can build a bird feeder from recycled items, or even use those pinecones you collected to make one.
Pumpkin Picking: With Halloween fast approaching and attractive options for autumn displays – why not take the kids to a Pumpkin Patch to choose their very own potential Jack-O-Lanterns.
Toast Marshmallows: Not just an outdoor campfire dessert, marshmallows are an enjoyable sweet treat to enjoy even at home. You could buy a mini bbq, or use a fire pit if you have one. If you lack an open flame, or the weather is just too terrible, you can cook them in the oven. Turn it to about 200C, pop the marshmallows on a non-stick baking sheet or use some baking paper. Keep an eye on them and take them out whenever you think they're toasted enough.
Family Movie Night: Why not share all your favourite films with your mini-me's. Share some popcorn, grab a blanket and watch a movie together.
Spooky Stories: Dressing up and acting out spooky stories could be more fun than frightening. Why not check out these scary stories for kids.