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Celebrating Autumn with Children

Updated: Sep 29


I know that yesterday was unseasonably warm, but autumn is most definitely here! We've had our first lighting of the log burner, to celebrate the Autumn Equinox last Sunday. I'm finding myself cooking soup and 'shepherdless' pie, and yesterday we wrestled our bag of winter clothes out in search of slippers. We're also really enjoying having candles lit in the evenings.

Here are some of the ways that we have celebrated autumn together over the years.

Go on an Autumn Nature Walk

There's no better way to encourage young children to observe and talk about the change in season than by going out together on a walk in nature. You might have a nature spot that you like to visit regularly, but if not, simply a walk around your neighbourhood or stomp about in your garden will present opportunities to talk about the changes you notice. If you want to make a special trip, arboretums are especially lovely for comparing the colours of the leaves, and for gathering a variety of different seeds. You can visit the Forestry Commission for England here to find your nearest forest or woodland.


Create an Autumn Nature Table or Tray

Once you are home from your nature walk, gather together your treasures to create a display. If you have very young children, then a tray works well as you can put it up and out of reach when your children are not supervised. Otherwise, a low table or counter top is ideal. Lay a scarf or piece of fabric in an autumn colour on your tray or table, then arrange your treasures on it. You can add a few of your favourite autumn books, a toy hedgehog or squirrel, or whatever else you may have in your home that feels autumnal.


Make Autumn Crowns

This is a lovely and simple activity to offer young children when you are out and about in nature, or to offer once home from your nature walk. Cut a piece of card so that it will fit around your child's head. With an A4 sheet, I usually cut it in half length ways, and then cut each piece in half length ways again, so that you have 4 long strips. You can then attach two of the strips together at the end with a stapler. Leave the strips flat for now. Attach double sided sticky tape to one side of the long strip of card, all the way along. Once you are ready, remove the backing of the sticky tape and your child can attach leaves, feathers, sycamore seeds etc to create a crown. My top tip is to use dry leaves. This activity doesn't work well on a wet day as wet leaves won't stick to the tape. Once finished, staple to secure around your child's head.

Autumn Art

You'll find all sorts of beautiful and inspiring autumn art ideas on Pinterest, Instagram and through internet searches. Printing with autumn leaves, autumn collage, sticking leaves on the window with contact paper, painting with autumn colours, wool wrapped autumn leaves. You can read about how to create a seasonal paint palette in this blog post.


Read Autumn Books Together

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Autumn by Gerda Muller