As Autumn approaches and the weather changes our minds turn to activities we can do indoors with the children. We have some fantastic ideas to help you get started and even a wonderful free download!
All of the activities are not just enjoyable but brilliantly mindful. This is great for giving kids some time to just be in the moment and focus on the task at hand. Sometimes it can be incredibly overwhelming being a kid, they have all sorts of worries and brains packed full of information. Allowing them some time to just be, do something fun and relax can really help to ease anxieties and help process the world around them.
Make Autumnal Trees
The kids will really enjoy creating these beautiful, colour filled tress that are so easy to do. All you need is your hands, some paper and paints.
Take a sheet of paper and get your child to draw around their hand about halfway up the page. Extend the drawing down from the wrist to create the trunk. This is the skeleton for their tree.
Next pop the paints out on little dishes. Make sure to include a nice variety of bright and rich shades. Now for the fun bit. Let the kids use their fingers, dabbing them in the paint. Each little fingerprint will become an individual leaf. They can paint as many leaves as they want. leaving them with a grand old autumnal tree!
Create Autumn Pictures from Leaves
With the change in seasons we see the stunning differences in nature all around us. One of the most gorgeous offerings is definitely the leaves changing colour and falling to the ground.
As you do the school run, or take a walk to the park get the kids to collect those fallen beauties. Leave them on the windowsill to dry out for a little while, then the fun can begin.
Their imaginations can run wild with this activity. From using the brightly coloured leaves to create animals, to forming hair for a character they design. They could make their own tree picture, or even fairy costumes with leaves for skirts and wings.
Learn Knot Tying
Learning a new skill is something that can incredibly rewarding. We have a wonderful one for you to try today, which includes a free download, courtesy of KiddyCharts! We are so excited to be able to share this amazing activity with you.
Knots are used for a multitude of reasons including on boats! But we use knots a lot throughout our lives and there are different knots for different jobs. For example, we use a Bow Knot for tying shoelaces, but to secure a hammock, you’d need a Clove Hitch. A Bowline Knot is used on boats, whereas you’d need a Slip Knot if you were camping. You can even turn knots into jewellery and decorations for the home.
Check out this fabulous download for how to get started in knot tying! You can either download it from here, or in our Free Resources section!
Autumn Seed & Grain Pictures
We generally have a few grains in our kitchen cupboards, but if not they are readily available in the supermarkets. They come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes!
Gather a selection of pulses, lentils, rice and seeds and using PVA glue, let the kids go wild. They could make pictures that are Halloween themed or maybe fairy tale characters. Challenge them to make an under the sea scene, or a wonderous animal.
Make Seed Paper for Spring
You could just use seeds, like what you get from the garden centre. Instead of making pictures, you could create seed paper. This is paper that you make at home loaded with seeds. Come spring time, you can plant the paper in the ground and your flowers will grow! These are great for presents too!
Grab your blender and mix in recycled paper and water until you have a thick, gloopy consistency. Lay the mix out on a tray or plate and sprinkle with seeds. Make sure that you don’t make your seed paper too thick.
Once it has dried out, the paper can be written or drawn on and cut to the desired size. Fabulous for gifts!
We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas. What do you like to do during the Autumn with the kids? Let us know over on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for some wonderful Halloween ideas!