In my opinion, Autumn is such an amazing season. It’s usually still warm enough to spend time outside, the colours of the leaves are beautiful and there is plenty of fun to have. For toddlers, it’s the perfect time of year for playing outdoors without having to be smothered in suncream (unless it’s unseasonably warm) or buried under so many layers of clothing it is hard to run around.
So when I heard about the ‘Wild About Autumn Blogger Challenge‘ created by AliKats Mountain Holidays and Going Wild authors Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, it sounded super fun. There is a chance to win a holiday which would obviously be magical but in all honesty it’s been really great just taking part and sharing our outdoor adventures :o)
Here’s what we got up to. I’ve included costs too, hopefully demonstrating there is a lot that can be done without much expense (after all not spending too much is always a bonus!).
Puddle and mud jumping
On a drizzly day we donned our welly boots and got out for a good old session of jumping in puddles, squelching through muddy patches and rustling through the leaves. Our toddler absolutely loved it and getting messy is all part of the fun. Just make sure you have a change of clothes if you’re not heading straight home!
Cost – free (petrol if you need to drive somewhere, but it’s usually easy to find puddles anywhere!)
We went for a lovely walk in the woods which isn’t always the easiest with a toddler! But to make it more engaging for her we set her a challenge of collecting sticks and leaves. She collected plenty and really carefully chose them which was so sweet. The idea was then to use them to create a piece of artwork which would remind us of our Autumn day out.
We used PVA glue to stick the items onto some cardboard in the shape of a tree. Using sticks for the trunk looked really effective. The leaves we did in two stages to let the first lot dry and then add more to fill out the top of the tree. Both my daughter and I were very proud of our picture!
Although it was dry when we collected our foliage, it had rained the day before so everything was a little bit damp. We simply left it out on some newspaper to dry for 24 hours and it was good to go.
Cost – around £1 for the glue. We used the side of an old cereal box to stick the items onto as it was nice and sturdy. We drove to the woods for this activity so it cost a few pounds in petrol, but it would be easy to do from the garden, a local park, even a path or anywhere near trees.
We were staying in a holiday cottage when we embarked on this lovely activity which is so synonymous with the Autumn season. What could be more fitting than a campfire and some toasted marshmallows? Once again we involved our little one with the activity by encouraging her to collect the wood for the fire. We set up in a fire pit that was provided at the property, and it was perfect for what we wanted. I appreciate not everyone has a fire pit but there are other ways to have a small, controlled bonfire – here’s a really useful guide.
Obviously as our daughter is still young she needed complete supervision and lots of help with her marshmallows. But she really enjoyed it and of course she loved tucking into the warm sticky treats (mummy and daddy liked that part too).
Cost – £1 for the bag of marshmallows, 49p for the rubber bands to attach the forks to the sticks. All of the wood was collected.
Autumn is a great time for getting out into nature and building a den! Here’s our little place that we built as a family :o)
Cost – free. If you don’t have access to wood, try a blanket fort in the garden, or even an old sheet stretched across the washing line. Kids have such active imaginations they can spend hours playing in a den, it’s fab!
Thanks to AliKats Mountain Holidays for asking me to take part and share our Autumn adventures with my readers. We have such lovely memories from our activities and hope you will too. So pull on those welly boots and head outside, there’s a world of fun out there!