10 Tips for Outdoor Play this Autumn

There is a big temptation as the weather gets colder and, also if you live in a temperate region like we do in the UK, wetter then less time is spent outdoors and more time inside. However, this needn’t be the case. Here are my Top 10 tips for outdoor play this Autumn to get you out of the door and experiencing what the season has to offer.

10 Tips for Outdoor Play this Autumn

  1. Invest in a pair of Wellington Boots for the kids and for yourself, when the kids are splashing in the puddles and squelching in the mud there is no better thing than to join them as well.
  2. Dress the kids in layers, Autumn mornings are very chilly but by mid-day sometimes just a long sleeved top and light weight jacket are needed. If you go to the Park or for a walk in the woods the layers will keep them warm from the start and it’s much easier to strip layers off than carry extra layers if the weather gets colder.
  3.  Buy a good quality puddle suit we went for padded suits from Debenhams for J and T as we can layer less underneath if need be and they will still remain warm and these would be great with more layers on for the winter as well.
  4. Get a couple of sets of Hats and Gloves as the weather is so unpredictable and kids love to put their hands in water/mud it’s great to have a spare set so one set can dry and the play needn’t stop.
  5. Arrange your outdoor clothes by the exit putting the wellies, coats and puddle suits where kids and you can see them will remind you and invite them to go out and play
  6. Get kids involved in your gardening activities it’s the time of the year to clear up the garden for winter, plant some bulbs for Spring colour and Make compost they love helping and it will get you spending family time together outdoors regularly with some little helpers to boot.gardening with kids
  7. Take a bag with you when you go out it’s perfect for putting in your nature finds and also you can pop in wet clothes, wellies if you are in the car to stop them getting mud everywhere
  8. Collect Nature finds Autumn produces some wonderful natural elements to include in your crafting when you get home or even in your play
  9. Need some inspiration then check out this list of fabulous Outdoor blogs that Kitchen Counter Chronicles put together each and everyone of them will inspire you with ideas to get out and about.
  10. Enjoy yourself you don’t need to stay outside for hours, even 15 minutes of outdoor play is great for the kids and is what we aim for as a minimum every single day, jumping in puddles and making mud pies you may discover your inner child as well.

Post brought to you in association with Debenhams

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. A great list, I love the 15 minutes a day bit, get the clothes right and kids love the outdoors. Left to their own devises mine will still wonder out in a t shirt in October, then run back because they are cold! Thank you for sharing your top tips on Country Kids.

  2. Great tips and photos. My son has a padded Regatta suit which has been great in bad weather, he loves wearing it with his wellies so he can splash in puddles.

    Found you via Country Kids.

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