Activities to do with the kids this Autumn
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Autumn; the leaves change, the days get shorter, the house gets cosier and most importantly the kids go back to school and all hell breaks loose...
Around now we crave relaxed family time, away from school and work. It’s not all bad news though, with the changing leaves and ripening of the fruit there’s plenty to get the whole family involved with.
We’ve pulled together what we think are the 5 best activities to keep the kids busy this Autumn, from hiking to baking we’re going to give you plenty to choose from whether rain or shine.
The National Trust
In Autumn, when the weather’s good, it’s perfect. There’s nothing nicer than a walk through the crisp, browned leaves with the sun shining through the shedding trees. With trails on coastlines, woodlands, farmlands, moorlands and gardens the National Trust is a fun filled day out for the whole family.
If you’re up in the north why not visit Speke Hall, this beautiful tudor manor house is full of character. The beautiful surrounding garden and woodland makes for a perfect day out.
Those in the midlands should make the most of the beautiful gardens and woodland at Belton house, with plenty to explore and admire, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The stunning castle and manicured grounds of Chirk castle in Wales are breathtaking, with plenty to explore and discover.
Down south there’s Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, these wetlands are perfect for bird watching, boat trips or just a scenic walk.
Famous for its red squirrels and abundance of wildlife, Brownsea Island, Dorset is a great one for a day’s adventure.
Best Autumn bakes for the rainy days; Get them cooking!
Seeing a bake from start to finish is a great lesson to teach the kids. A simple and delicious one to start with is blackberry crumble. The time for blackberry picking is now upon us, what better to do with them than make a crumble. For a great, easy apple and blackberry crumble recipe look no further.
Another great Autumn recipe is chutney, a brilliant way to use up all that delicious veg from your fridge. One that will please the whole family is our delicious tomato chutney recipe.
When the nights start drawing in we all crave hearty dishes, warming meals to keep the cold away. Soup is a great way to get your family eating vegetables and use up any leftovers to produce a delicious quick meal. We’ve got the perfect way to use up your leftover chicken in a mouthwatering chicken, butternut squash and bean soup.
Autumn is the time to go mad for spice! From lattes to bread rolls. Why not embrace it, some of our favourites include; pumpkin bread, pumpkin spiced latte and cinnamon rolls.
Crafts with Autumn produce
On the rainy weekend’s it’s tempting to whip out the gadgets for the kids and binge watch your favourite TV show.
Here are some ways to keep everyone entertained and make the most out of what Autumn has to offer whilst staying warm inside.
With Autumn comes conkers, acorns, and golden-brown leaves. What if we found a way to utilise them; make them into something beautiful that will keep the kids busy for an hour or two.
Getting the kids crafting is a great way to spend your quality time. Using the golden-brown leaves of Autumn you can create many a masterpiece to go up on your fridge, from hedgehogs to wreaths for your front door, it’s a great way to make the most out of the season.
Look out for our upcoming Facebook competition this October, where you and your family can win an annual family pass for The National Trust by sending us your kid’s golden-leaf craft creations.
Stir Up Sunday
Is it ever too early to start preparing for Christmas? The 26th of September is the official date of stir up Sunday, but don’t worry the Christmas decorations don’t need to go up just yet. This day is simply preparation for the Christmas pudding.
This tradition dates back to the Victorian era, when the family would gather together 5 weeks before Christmas day. From the Book Of Common Prayer, read on the first Sunday before Advent, are ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord’, so on this day we get the kids involved and get stirring!
It may be a bit early… but for most of us practice is needed well in advance. Whether you like a traditional grimacing pumpkin or you prefer a challenge, it’s a fun way to get the family crafting.
Let your creativity flow and relax with this therapeutic activity, you can even get creative with miniature pumpkins, for little ones with little hands, view some simple carving tips here.