At Amamaya Clothing we LOVE Autumn and we know your kids will too. Here is our Top 10 of things to do this Autumn. What have we missed? Leave your favourite activities in the comments below!
#1 Climb trees
Kids are natural born climbers, if you aren’t keen on letting them scale that mighty Oak tree thats bigger than your house, then find a fallen tree to clamber around on. Fallen trees also make great Dens… see next on the list!
#2 Build a Den
We all know how much kids love an indoor den. An outdoor den takes on a whole new world of its own. You can build great dens alongside a fallen trees with sticks and branches covered in moss or leaves. Take a groundsheet and a picnic and have lunch inside your creation.
#3 Track Red Deer
This one is pretty much location dependent. Generally you’ll need to be on Exmoor or in Scotland. We did once spot a rogue Red Deer on Dartmoor! But, this is their rutting season and it can be an impressive sight so worth a visit, get your camera ready! If you aren’t in these areas, then there will be something extraordinary in nature to look out for. Lancashire & North Norfolk, Brent’s & Scotland (again!! Scotland has all the good wildlife!!) have whiffling geese or maybe you have a starling murmuration hotspot near you?
#4 Hug trees
Get up close and personal with nature, trees are eco systems of their own with fern and moss forests housing birds and bugs. Or you can take some paper and crayons and get some bark rubbings of different trees to put in a scrap book at home along, you can collect the matching Autumn leaves too.
Get older kids to brush up on their navigation skills by setting up a route and getting them to plot and follow it. If you are seriously organised you can hide some treasure and treats beforehand, alternatively look up Geocaching.
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year for photographs. Take your budding photographers out to the woods and teach them how to get those long exposure river shots (or look up how if you don’t know and work it out together!)
Beaches aren’t just for summer, head to the coast to see what has washed ashore after a storm, pick up some driftwood, make sandcastles and go rock pooling.
#8 Fungi Forays
Unless you are a secret mycologist who knows everything about the UK’s fungi then book yourself on a fungi foray with an expert to guide you on the wonderful world of mushrooms and toadstools. There are loads organised all over the country at this time of year.
#9 Get Wet
This time of year isn’t all about crisp mornings and glorious sunny days kicking up leaves in the woods! It can also be very wet… but, on the plus side, this means that any waterfalls near you will be full and looking their best. Get your wet weather gear on and jump around in puddles and rivers and get out to those waterfalls. One of the best places we have found is Waterfall Country on the Brecon Beacons (Central) where there are almost too many waterfalls to count, including one you can walk right behind!
#10 Get Tracking
Look at the world again on a smaller scale, get out in your garden or local wood or park and see if you can identify animal footprints or fallen leaves. There are loads of great spotter’s books, the little Gem pocket books are a great starting point.
Any time of year is great for getting out and about with the kids, but is Autumn the most fun of all?
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