I love autumn, it is a season of change: the air smells different, the weather gets chilly and leaves on the trees turn. Of course, there is half term to fill and Halloween is a brilliant theme for some creativity. Here are our top 10 things to do in October:
- Nature walk and leaf picture.
On a bright, chilly autumn afternoon, its nice to go for a nature walk. I always find it much easier to get the girls away from their toys and outside if there is some sort of purpose. What could be better motivation than the possibility of blackberries and the quest for leaves for sticking!
We took a bag with us to collect the leaves, and when we got home, made some fun autumn collages.
- Grow edible leaves.
Grow your own leaves and eat them! Cress seeds are easy to grow and a brilliant way to encourage kids to eat their greens. If you dont have time to put this together, buy the Meals and Makes grow kit here. My daughter enjoyed colouring in her mini shed while she waited for the seeds to get started.
- Slime for pudding.
These slime jars are easy to make- I put some lime jelly and some jelly worms into jam jars. Tinned lychees would be a great as ‘eyeballs’ if you are not feeling too squeemish!
- Apple bobbing.
You don’t need to have a Halloween party to enjoy this seasonal game! Make snack time into more of a challenge by turning it into apple bobbing. This is a good way to make fruit into a reward!
- Pumpkin picking (and carving!).
We went to a ‘pick your own’ pumpkin field. The girls loved choosing their own pumpkin from the field and dragging it back to the car. They are a bit young to use carving knives and the skin was actually very tough to cut, so they drew the face on the pumpkin with a marker pen and I cut the lines that they made. They really enjoyed scooping out the slimy seeds.
- Slime messy play.
My daughters are big fans of slime and messy play. If your kids are the same, here are a couple of slimes to try:
-Fibergel- You can buy this from the chemists. Just mix a few of the sachets with warm water until it becomes a slimy goo. We used the lemon flavour which smells nice (but has the added bonus of looking like really gross snot!).
-Cornflour and green food colouring (or whatever you have in the cupboard)- Mix this with water and enjoy the sensory play.
- Make a spooky spider.
These spiders are so easy to make and you don’t need too many bits to throw them together (instructions here).
- Cook some Green pancakes.
Keeping on the halloween theme, these pancakes are ideal for a half-term lunch since they are fast and filling. You can find the recipe here.
- Bake a filling snack.
Flapjacks are an ideal autumn snack, they are nice and filling to keep us fuelled. We baked these tasty morsels. The girls enjoyed all of the mixing. Flapjacks are a really easy bake to make with kids.
- Apple crumble.
It is English apple season so no October list would be complete without an apple crumble. Try my recipe here and enjoy with a good spoonful of hot custard.
What are your top October activities?