October is one of the best months of the year, honestly, everyone seems to love this particular month, have you noticed? The mornings are crisp, the sun is bright and low in the sky, we are all clinging on to the last of the daylight before the clocks go back at the end of the month and we get to celebrate Halloween - yay! Now’s the time to really make the most of the beautiful autumn weather, to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the season with the little ones in tow.
Children love autumn - when else can they jump in leaves, spot so much colour on the trees and enjoy so many nature walks? Because of this itt can be a perfect time of year to teach them about seasons and the harvest. After nursery or school, why not head down to the park and play in the leaves, collect conkers and enjoy nature together - I used to love collecting conkers as a child and this is something I want to share with Tyler Lee this year. The gorgeous golden leaves won’t be around for long before the winter chill turns the trees bare and the air bitter so it’s a good idea to get collecting the most interesting and colourful leaves and pine cones as soon as you can to make autumn collages with and autumnal themed arts and crafts. You and your little ones can have so much fun preserving a pretty piece of autumn before it disappears for another year.
Once winter arrives the dark nights mean it’s not always safe for kids to play out after school, especially without an adult present, so encourage your children to get outside now. There are loads of fun outdoor activities for kids to do before their cooped up inside watching TV and movies and playing indoor games all winter. A really fun idea is to get them a pair of Heely’s from Proline so they can skate around the park with you or their friends. Just flip the heel up and the trainers instantly become like roller blades so they can skate around in an instant - I actually had a pair of these as a tween and I loved them! If they prefer cycling and skateboarding push them to take their bikes and scooters out with them and get some fresh air and healthy exercise. I actually have begun trying to teach Tyler Lee how to ride his bike and trike this week, wish him luck!
For now, make the most of your weekends together as a family and take a football to the park for a kick about or go on a long walk in the woods and stop off at a café for a cosy hot chocolate on the way back. There are some great national parks around which often have fun outdoor exhibitions to explore. A really good one at the minute is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where the poppies from the Tower of London are currently being exhibited. If you're living in Ireland like myself Fota House and Gardens is a beautiful place to visit this time of year, in fact, we were just there last week and it was gorgeous!