Autumn activities for kids

Autumn activities to keep you exploring the great outdoors

1. Make your own compost

Help tidy your garden, corner off an area of your garden with bamboo canes and windbreak netting. As the leaves fall add them to your new ‘bin’ remembering to water each layer as you go. 

Create your own compost



2. Leaf Lanterns

Using an old glass jar, such as a pasta sauce or jam jar, stick fallen leaves to the outside using modpodge glue. Works best with a thin layer of modpodge between the glass and leaves and then apply another on top of the whole design. Finish off with some twine around the top and a battery-operated light. 

3. Nature wands

Using some cardboard, cut out a star shape, approx. 10cm wide. Around your garden look for a suitable stick that can become a wand handle and a selection of fallen leaves and cut the leaves up into piece. On one side of the star, stick your pieces of leaf to create a mosaic pattern. On the other fix on your stick. Your wand is complete.

Why not try and find leaves in different colours to really make your design pop?

Boy with sticksCollection of leaves

4. Nature snap cards

Collect pairs of similar looking petals, flowers and leaves that have fallen. Spread them out over a newspaper.  Place another piece of paper over the top and a heavy book or two on top of that. After a week stick them on to some small card stock, to form your playing cards. 

Nature snap cards


Snap cards

5. Stuffed apple crumbles 

Cut your apples in half and scoop out some of the insides to create a bowl. In a bowl mix together 30g flour, 30g oats, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla and pinch of salt. Using Harvested applesyour fingers, rub about 2 tablespoons of butter into the dry mixture until it resembles small pebbles. Stuff the mixture into the apple halves and bake until the apples are browned and tender, roughly 20-30 minutes, at 200C, gas mark 6.

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About the author – Jenn Wheatley
RHS Digital Assistant, Jenn, has worked with children for 13 years and is currently a Beaver Scout Leader.

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