The seasons are changing summer is slipping away, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer autumn is on it’s way and getting outside is still one of our top priorities as a family. If it doesn’t cost the earth then it’s a real bonus for us so today I’m sharing with you some fun ideas for FREE autumn play in the park that we enjoyed last year and will be doing again this year. So wrap up and go and enjoy the changing seasons together as a family.
Early Autumn Foraging
Our all time favourite FREE park activity is foraging we are really lucky that within walking distance of our house we have a park that is full of items to forage – blackberries, wild plums, elderflower as well as a few hidden gems off the beaten track like sweet chestnuts.
Picking the fruits from the trees often more ends up in our stomachs than coming home but it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon together as a family.
Roll down a BIG hill
It’s a classic but so worth doing what ever the season and a favourite of ours – one of the town parks has a great hill and we go and roll down the hill – yes even me.
So technically not completely free as you will need a kite – but a cheap one will do for the kids and can be used easily if the wind is not too much – now we haven’t tried at the park as I’m always afraid of it getting caught in the trees but in autumn and winter the beach is fantastic for kite flying.
Catch a falling leaf
Ever walked down a path lined with trees in the fall and watched the leaves fall around you – nothing better for you and the kids than trying to catch those leaves before they touch the ground. Once caught try and identify what the tree is they came from or take them home and create something with them.
Ok so I can see the faces from here – what on earth are conkers – full name “Horse Chesnuts”, otherwise known in the UK and Canada as Conkers and in the US as buckeyes. Conkers is a game you play with them for 2 people. First off pierce a hole in the conker all the way through and then tie a shoe lace and thread it through – each person will need their own conker threaded like this. Holding onto the string let the conker dangle from one players hand and then the other player winds the string around and prepares to hit the other conker by letting go of it. Each person takes turns and the winner is the person that breaks the others conker.