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10 Autumn Activities to do with Children


October is here! The nights are drawing in, the temperature is dropping and the leaves are turning - it’s also becoming that little bit more difficult to spend the whole weekend at the park with your little one.

Make the most of the season by trying these 10 autumnal activities with your child - we think you’ll love them!

1. Make glittery leaf art (via

We can’t guarantee it won’t be messy, but these sparkly leaves are a lovely way to decorate in Autumn! Try attaching them to ribbon or string to make a garland. You can use real leaves or find silk or paper versions to make them last a bit longer. Get the full instructions here.

2. Go apple picking

Apple picking is a timeless favourite for a reason - it’s fun, healthy and a great reason to get outdoors. You might be thinking that’s impossible if you live in London, but there are actually a range of pick-your-own farms in the capital or just nearby - see here for some good suggestions.

3. Go for a long walk in the leaves

Children (and adults) love playing in the autumn leaves, so wrap up warm, put on some wellies and go for a long walk. There are some great nature reserves, parks and woods in London, and if you’ve time to go further afield then Ashdown Forest (the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh) is just an hour away.

4 - Get creative with your Halloween pumpkins (via the Artful Parent)

Carving pumpkins can be a bit tricky for under-fives, so why not find some more creative ways to get ready for Halloween? You can paint them, add googly eyes, sprinkle with sequins and even wrap them in bandages so they look like mummies. Spooky.

5. Get baking

From apple pie to fruit crumble with custard, autumn is the perfect time for baking. It’s really easy to get children involved, and a perfect way to get them to eat more fruit. Try the BBC’s Best Apple Crumble recipe.

6. Collect colourful leaves, conkers, acorns and flowers (Via The Artful Parent)

The gorgeous colours of autumn make great arts and crafts, and the different textures and crunchy sounds are brilliant for children’s sensory play. Try putting them in a bath of shallow water for the perfect baby playtime.

7 - Experiment with your Halloween snacks, like these Lollipop Ghosts (via MomDot)

Spooky and tasty, these are a fun treat for Halloween that require minimal prep (and hardly any mess!). Find the instructions here.

8. Or try pumpkin cake pops

A little bit more mess, but Pumpkin Cake Pops are another exciting treat you can make together. Look out for more spooky ideas Halloween recipes here, like spider cupcakes, hot dog fingers and crispy snake bites.

9. Make easy pumpkin lanterns (via Meaningful Mama)

These easy (and pretty) pumpkin decorations will be another fun project in the run-up to Halloween - see the full tutorial here.

10. Make painted paper plate pumpkins (via Thriving Home)

You can’t go wrong with these painted, glittery paper plates - see the instructions here!

Do you have any other ideas for autumn crafts? We’d love to see pictures! Send them to us on Facebook and Twitter, and remember to follow LEYF Nurseries for more tips, tricks and ideas about parenting and early years childcare.

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