Autumn is a brilliant time to visit the park and woods. Even on dull-weather days, children need to get outside and explore – it’s good for their physical and mental well-being, and can be fun family time too. Here are seven ideas for things to do outside this autumn, courtesy of author Julia Green and the Woodland Trust.
1. Cook doughsticks outside
2. Create tree bark rubbings using paper and crayon
What different kinds of bark can you find?
3. Build a bug hotel
Make a bug hotel with these easy instructions from the RSPB.
4. Collect leaves
Collect leaves and learn which trees they’ve fallen from.
5. Use your imaginations to make marvellous things with sticks!
Here are 20 things to do with sticks … can you think of more?
6. Become a nature detective
See how many different sets of footprints you can find and cross them off on this Fantastic Tracks activity sheet.
7. Take a sketch-book and colouring pencils outside
Drawing helps us to LOOK more closely and see the world in new ways.