Thursday, September 03, 2020

40 Autumn & Winter Seasonal Activities For Kids

Autumn is in full swing and winter won't be far behind it - there are already some bare trees where we live in September, so I've begun thinking about the colder seasons and all the lovely activities we can do with the kids during them.

I am all for living a seasonal year, as evident from my Instagram gallery. I think the four seasons are some of the most special things given to us in life and there is something about each that I enjoy. Although I am admittedly a spring and summer kind of girl, I do love the cosiness of the colder months and the opportunities they give me to get out and about with my children, enjoying special times together and the beauty of it all.

If you're in need of some autumn and winter activities for kids inspiration, look no further! Here are 40 autumn and winter activities for kids, each one as lovely as the next.

How many of these will you cross off the list before spring comes around again?

1. Put together another Christmas Eve basket for everyone to enjoy together before Santa arrives - if you're looking for some inspiration on what to include you can read my post on what to include in a Christmas Eve box/basket for kids.
2. Buy more winter/Christmas themed books and have an epic story-time in front of the fire.
3. Roast marshmallows and dip them in hot chocolate.
4. Go trick-or-treating.
5. Dress up in costume for Halloween.
6. Carve pumpkins and put candles in them, put them outside the front door.
7. Go pine cone and leaf collecting in the woods.
8. Collect conkers and put string in them for conker games.

9. Jump in a pile of leaves.  
10. Do a Santa/Christmas experience - we visited the Cork North Pole Outpost in Cobh last year and it was amazing!
11. Watch kid-friendly Halloween themed movies on Halloween night.

12. Build a snowman (if it snows!).
13. Have snow cones.
14. Cuddle up on the couch with the fire on watching movies.
15. Send a letter to Santa.
16. Leave a carrot for Rudolph and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.
17. Make paper snowflake decorations.
18. Put a blanket on the floor, make a blanket fort and have an indoor picnic in front of the fire.

19. Take a chilly walk in the woods amongst the falling leaves. 
20. Set aside a little table in the house and make it a 'nature table' for the kids to display all their 'treasure' from their autumn and winter walks.
21. Make a gingerbread house and decorate it for Christmas.
22. Have a mini photo session in a leaf pile.
23. Go on a nature walk.
24. Visit a Christmas fair or market.
25. Go to a pumpkin patch.

26. Sit on a hay bale, jump in the hay and take some pictures.
27. Have a family-day out and enjoy a chilly picnic complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
28. Have a snowball fight (if it snows!).
29. Buy lots of cute Christmas outfits and take lots of pictures.

30. Decorate a Christmas tree in the woods - this is an annual Christmas tradition for you and you can see our woodland Christmas trees for some inspiration.
31. Have a Christmas photo session.
32. Have a family day out in an autumnal or Christmas themed place.

33. Let the kids decorate their own special little Christmas tree.
34. Do leaf printing.
35. Do apple bobbing.
36. Make homemade soup and have it with soda bread.
37. Buy new pyjamas for Christmas Eve.
38. Go foraging for blackberries and make a blackberry pie or jam.

39. Go apple picking - if you're Ireland I recommend a visit to Tourin House & Gardens or The Apple Farm (pictured above) for fruit picking.
40. Put together a book advent calender for a lovely alternative to a traditional chocolate advent calendar.

I hope you're now filled with images of colourful falling leaves, mittens and scarves, cute jumpers and coats, Christmas decorations, twinkling lights and lots of cuddles. The colder months bring so many opportunities for us to spend more quality time with our children and I for one will cherish them for as long as I can.



  1. Mine are counting down to Halloween already and planning their costumes

  2. So many great ideas! I love the collecting pine cones and leaves in the woods. Also decorating a tree in the woods makes for such great photos!

  3. Such a beautiful memories on AUTUMN & WINTER SEASONAL ACTIVITIES for kids. Amazing pictures and with great ideas! Lovely blog post. 👍🏻

  4. We love this time of year and pumpkin picking and christmas tree hunting is high up on our lists. We also love winter experiences too!

  5. These are so, so handy!! definitely some things on here I’m going to do with my kids this season!


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