If you're looking for some inspiration on what to do as a family this autumn then look no further! I've compiled an autumn bucket list for families with 20 fun things to do as a family this season.
1. Gather up a big pile of leaves - either with an actual rake if you have one to hand or scoop them up with your hands and capture some fun-filled family photos of you all jumping in them. This is made even better if you have a tripod to rest the camera on, but fear not if you don't, you can still have fun taking turns of jumping in the leaf piles with the kids while your other half snaps the treasured photos!
2. Roast marshmallows on the fire and dip them in hot chocolate. I think this is an activity best done before bedtime as it's such a cosy treat to enjoy. Fear not if you're like me and don't have a big open fire to roast the marshmallows on, you could always get a disposable BBQ and have a little roasting session outside - gloves may be necessary for protection from the chilly autumn air!
3. Stock up on pumpkins (get to your local store or pumpkin patch early for all the good ones!) and have fun with kids carving shapes and faces into your pumpkins. For a perfect autumn decoration, place your creations outside your front door and fill them with candles, the little ones will love seeing their pumpkins all lit up!
4. Get everyone dressed up for Halloween and go trick-or-treating as a family - yes this does include mum and dad! The little ones will be unbelievably excited at the prospect of the adults dressing up too and will love being accompanied on their trick-or-treat efforts. Plus, you can then enjoy the sweets together knowing you earned them too, kinda...
5. Go pine cone and leaf collecting in the woods. Sometimes it's the simplest of activities that leave the biggest impression on the heart and I'm yet to meet a child who doesn't love a walk in the woods when the multi-coloured leaves are swirling in the air and covering the ground like a carpet. You could even make it into a game to see who can collect the biggest pine cone, the reddest leaf and so on. Who doesn't love a game or two?
6. Collect conkers and put them on string for a good old-fashioned game of conkers - this was such a childhood favourite of mine.
8. Collect some autumn-hued leaves and make some pretty autumn leaf garlands with the little ones. Tyler Lee and I had great fun doing this last year, we even got the glitter out! It was lovely having some pretty autumn decor to hang on our garden fence too.
9. Get out - or stock up on if you have none, the autumn/Halloween themed books and have a family story-time. I find that this is best done when the little ones are going to bed and we're big fans of family story-time in our house, it's the sweetest time of the day!
10. Find a field of hay bales and let the kids sit/jump off them. I captured some gorgeous pictures of Tyler Lee on hay bales in his granddads barn last year and I need to get some updated shots this year. There was nothing more fun as a child for me than jumping off hay bales!
11. Bake some autumnal inspired treats. Baking is lots of fun as a family, especially the decorating part and there are so many gorgeous treats to have a go at this time of the year. We're talking caramel apple cookies, pumpkin snickerdoodles and Halloween themed cupcakes. Plus, you all get to enjoy your baking efforts afterwards too!
12. Do some autumn themed crafts. There are so many crafts you can do in autumn and as most of the supplies come from the nature outside, they're relatively cheap to do too. You can hang your creations on string in the home for some fun, homemade autumn decor too.
13. Have a game of apple-bobbing. This was such a treasured Halloween institution during my childhood but I never really hear about it anymore - why shouldn't today's little ones experience the fun? Fill of a big basin with water. Pop some apples in, some with coins and go bobbing to see who can find the money - a simple but fun experience for all involved!
|My favourite autumn picture of my little babe and I.|
15. Build an indoor fort and tell ghost stories by torchlight. Obviously this is best done at night and is probably an activity older kids would enjoy a lot more than smallies but still lots of fun. I used to love hearing ghost stories as a child, even if some did scare the bejaysus out of me - I still shudder at the thought of the Headless Horseman!
16. If you have one in your local area visit your local pumpkin patch - a perfect place to stock up on pumpkins and capture some gorgeous family photos too. I am still trying to find a pumpkin patch near us, hopefully this year will be the year!
17. Decorate the house for Halloween. You can go as elaborate as you want with this but getting the little ones to do some Halloween themed crafts and drawings will really add a personal touch to your decor. I know I loved helping with setting up the Halloween ornaments and lights when I was younger, kids always love to get involved with decorating!
18. Have an autumnal picnic. I'm a firm believer that you can have a picnic at anytime of the year and what better settings that a gorgeous woodland covered in autumn leaves or a corn field on a lovely sunny day? I love having picnics with my family and we'll definitely be having one this autumn.
19. Take a nature walk and write out a list of things to look out for. I find that having nature walks not only gets my son interested in nature but myself too. Writing out a little checklist of things to spot on the walk will keep everyone interested, having fun and exploring the nature around them.
20. Have a family bonfire. Why not get everyone together and have a family bonfire - obviously doing this in a big open space. Sitting around the fire, having sparklers and refreshments for all to enjoy can be a lot of fun on an autumn's night.