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5 Free Autumn Activities for Kids

by Sophie Cannon (follow)
I love Autumn, it's honestly my favourite time of year. The colours, the smells, Halloween! And after spending the last three years in sunny Australia, now back in the UK, I plan to make the most of this awesome season with some fun packed Autumn activities with my little ones.

Here are 5 Autumn inspired activities that you can do with your kids, and best of all? They don't cost a thing!

1. Conker Collecting and Battles
Ahh conker collecting, is that not just the epitome of UK Autumn? Head out to your local park or forest and keep your eyes peeled for a nearby conker tree (or horse chestnut tree if you insist on being fancy!) Kids will love to see the shiny brown conker appear when the casing is cracked open and best of all? CONKER FIGHTS!

Drill or pierce a hole right through the centre of your conker, pop some string through and tie a knot. Then challenge your friends to the ultimate duel.
TIP: Soak your conker in vinegar for two minutes and pop it into the oven for 90 seconds for the toughest conker around.

2. Leaf and Seed Collecting
Autumn creates some of the best hunting trails and kids will to love to play detective with the great outdoors, finding different types of leaves, trees and seeds. You could make your own checklist or feel free to download one of these awesome 'Gruffalo' inspired seeds and leaves activity sheets courtesy of www.forestry.gov.uk. But what do you do with all of the wonderful items you have collected? Head over to number 3 to find out.

3. Autumn Nature Crafts
As well as the colder weather, Autumn also brings along beautiful colours and nature to the great outdoors. Head outside with a carrier bag and collect any Autumn inspired materials you can get your hands on. Brightly coloured leaves, acorns, pine cones, fallen twigs - the opportunities are endless.

Once you've gathered all of your bits and bobs all you'll need is some glue, crafty bits and a sprinkle of imagination. Why not make a picture of an Autumn hedgehog? With coloured leaves for his spikes and twigs for legs? Or how about a camp fire collage to warm up the cold nights? Sticks and leaves would be the perfect combination. You could also get a head start on Christmas by decorating some pine cones, a sprinkle of glitter and a ribbon attached to the top - Voila! instant tree decorations! You can find loads of crafty ideas on Pinterest.

4. Puddle Jumping
Ok, so us Brits are no stranger to a bit of wet weather but did you know that the Autumn months (September to November) is when the UK, on average, gets hit with the most rainfall? And as tempting as it is to huddle indoors under a blanket with the latest Disney movie, heading outdoors can also be a lot of fun.

Make sure to wrap up, jumpers, raincoats and of course, a good ole pair of wellies and have some puddle jumping fun! And if you're looking for a great pair of kids wellies, then Sports Direct have some awesome character pairs at great prices!

5. Autumn Forest Visits
Did you know that there is an absolutely ma'hoosive number of visitable forests in England? And these can be a great place to get out and about this Autumn no matter where you are. Enjoy the local scenery and wildlife, and take advantage of the many Autumn events that may be going on around you.

Also, for little ones, www.forestry.gov.uk has come out tops again with their free downloadable Autumn activity sheets; forage for forest fruits, make some leaf fireworks and even conduct a helicopter race- there's lots of fun to be had. You can find out where you closest forest is here, or why not try using the sheets in your local park or outdoor area?

Ben Fogle is a modern-day journeyman.
11 Nov
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