There’s a snap in the air, and the ground underfoot is crisp with the crackle of fallen leaves. That’s right – summer is over, and that means it’s the perfect time of year for some crafty fun. Check out these 5 fun autumn activities for toddlers.
If you’ve been outside recently, you’ll have noticed that it’s conker season! Your toddler will probably be enthralled by these brown beauties, so why not take a stroll in the park to collect some conkers? Don’t worry – you can avoid a mouldy conker collection cluttering your house by putting your hoard to good use.
- Drill holes in your conkers and let your child practise threading them on to a shoelace – perfect for practising their fine motor skills.
- Use them as a counting game. How many conkers are on the table? What if we add one more?
- Get crafty and make some conker friends! How you do it is up to you, but it’s one of the most creative autumn activities for toddlers: you could paint them and draw on faces, stick them together and perhaps use an acorn cup as a little hat.
With Halloween approaching, what could be more autumnal than a pumpkin? Traditionally, most people simply carve a scary face and make a Halloween lantern, but with a little imagination, there’s a lot more fun to be had with this seasonal squash.
- Create beautiful decorations with squeezy paints.
- Go bowling! Make finger holes in your pumpkin and let your child use it to knock down some skittles in the garden.
- Make good use of the insides. Why not make a tasty treat together, or dry out the seeds and paint them?
A tradition you may remember from your own childhood, apple bobbing is all part of the seasonal celebrations at Halloween. It might not suit every toddler, however, as many children dislike putting their faces in the water. As an alternative, why not encourage them to scoop up the apples using ladles, sieves and other kitchen utensils. (You could even rustle up an apple crumble afterwards, or have fun with apple printing).
“All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down…” This refrain, sung to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”, sums up the essence of autumn. Take advantage of this special time by kicking leaves in the park, collecting your favourites and using them to make leaf art. Paint the leaves with poster paint before pressing them onto paper to make leaf prints, or simply stick them down to make a colourful collage.
Choose a dry day and head out to the park or the woods. Bring supplies – you’ll need paper and crayons to create beautiful bark art. When you find a tree that takes your fancy, place the paper over the surface of the bark and rub your crayons over it. You’ll find that it makes a pattern on the page. This is one of those autumn activities for toddlers that enables them to get (literally) close to nature and observe.
Whatever autumn activities you choose to enjoy with your toddler, the important thing is to have fun and enjoy all the unique excitement this season brings. By involving your child in a range of different indoor and outdoor activities, you’ll help with their development without even trying – and everyone will appreciate the bonding time, too. So, what are you waiting for? Wrap up warm and head outside for your next autumnal adventure!