Thought I was all clever and organised getting this scheduled didn’t I? Not realising that I would wake up poorly after a lay and realise it had already been sent out to my email subscribers unfinished! Urgh! Life with chronic illness is unpredictable to say the least!
Today I wanted to share some of our favourite Autumn activities with you. Not being able to get out and about as much can be really difficult. Children have so much energy they still need to use up, but the weather, particularly here in the UK, can be unpredictable to say the least.
This is definitely one of our favourite things to do in the Autumn and the kids love being able to get outside. It really is one of the most beautiful seasons isn’t it?
We were lucky enough to be sent this amazing Nature Exploring Kit from the lovely people at Anthisan. They had seen that we like to get out and about, especially with the dogs and after both Ste and Leo getting wasps stings within a week of one another this was a perfect collaboration for us!
They have been running a fun campaign celebrating the great outdoors and encouraging people to enjoy insects in the outside world and not be fearful of them. Although Leo was a little cautious after his sting, the boys really enjoyed getting out and about looking for bugs. I don ‘t know about where you live but we saw LOADS of ladybirds here, they seem to be everywhere at the moment!
Anthisan can be used on insect bites, stings and also on nettle rash so is brilliant, especially for nature lovers and dog walkers like us! It can be used on adults, the elderly and children over the age of two.
Find out more about Anthisan on their website including where to buy/buy online options
Nature Explorer Set available in Marks & Spencers
Leaf kicking and collecting, photographing, conker and acorn collecting are some of the other activities we love to do in the Autumn. Autumn treasure hunts are also great fun and kids love them, especially if you tell them they can have a treat if they can spot everything on their list!
After a walk why not turn the leaves you have collected into an amazing piece of artwork? You could use them to collage with, do leaf rubbings of and lots more. Pinterest is great for inspiration and you can follow me over there by clicking here.
We also had a fun afternoon painting some rocks that we had collected. Spray them with yacht varnish to seal (you can buy this for £1 in Poundland and similar stores) and hide them while out and about for others to find. I am a member of the Derbyshire Rocks Facebook group and there are ones for all different regions on there!
I recently did a Halloween craft post – 10 Halloween Paper Plate Craft Activities For Kids
Sometimes (especially in England) it just does not stop raining so just embrace it! Get your coat and wellies on and go for a walk, letting your kids jump and splash to their hearts content!
Home, clothes in the washing machine, hot shower/bath and a hot chocolate for after!
Burning energy – Play Centres and Trampoline Parks
Yes I know, I know! I hate them too BUT in the winter they can be a godsend. When you have spent a couple of days stuck inside because of the weather and everyone is getting cabin fever these places can be brilliant. And the joy of your kids being that little bit older means you can go sip on a nice cuppa while they play! If you have younger ones, yeah you might be OK skipping the gym that day!
We all love going to the cinema. The last film we went to see with the boys was Smallfoot and we all loved it! We can’t wait for The Crimes of Grindelwald (huge HP fans in our house) and also The Nutcracker film. Think we will also go and see The Grinch in December – Riley is a massive Dr Seuss fan!
Board and Card Games / Jigsaws
We all love a board game and have got quite a few! Firm favourites include Frustration (we have the Minion version), Game Of Life, any Top Trumps (Leo got a footballer version and Riley a Horrible Histories version for their birthdays) and Uno.
I am a bit rubbish at jigsaws but the boys are great and we do enjoy a challenge. Our current one that we are doing is a 1500 piece London one.
We also have a JigRoll which means the jigsaw does not have to be left out on the side, they can be rolled up and put away and then taken out again when we want to carry on!
Marshmallows – tasty treat, great for ostomates for thickening their output and even better when toasted. We love sitting by the fire outside, chatting, snuggling and enjoying a sweet treat.
Leo especially loves helping out in the kitchen – whether its helping with breakfast or the Sunday Roast or conjuring up something sweet for us to enjoy. Again, Pinterest is great for ideas and to make it even simpler you can get the box kits from the supermarket (usually around £2 or £3) in loads of different varieties.
I hope you have enjoyed reading through my ideas and they have inspired you a bit! Let me know in the comments what your favourite things to do in Autumn are!