The smells, the colours and the textures of autumn make it the perfect season to enjoy some fun family activities together. With crunchy leaves to run through, puddles to splash about in, and lots of warm tasty treats to enjoy, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your autumn bucket list!
If you haven’t already set up an autumn bucket list, or you’re looking for more ideas, then have a read below. I have 25 activities that will be sure to keep you and your little ones entertained throughout the best season of the year.
Autumn bucket list ideas
I love summer, but by the time September rolls around, I’m always ready for a little bit of a change. Although the drop in temperature and the almost constant rain mean that family days out can take a little bit more planning, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun right?
So grab your wellies and check out these 25 fun family activities to add to your autumn bucket list:
Click on a link that takes your fancy to read more about the activity:
- Dry leaf crafts
- A rainy day out
- Homemade toffee apples
- Apple bobbing
- Hunt for bugs
- Reading challenge
- Autumn baking
- Learn why leaves drop off trees
- Pine cone art
- Collect conkers
- Splash in puddles
- Plant some bulbs for spring
- Visit a National Trust site
- Make some bird feeders for the garden
- Paint an autumn forest scene
- Visit a forest and see how many woodland animals you can spot
- Have a go at Geocaching
- Fly a kite
- Make Halloween costumes
- Carve pumpkins
- Decorate the house with autumn decor
- Adopt a woodland animal
- Make an awesome autumn soup together
- Have a spooky film night
- Enjoy an evening of stargazing
What are you going to add to your autumn bucket list?
Read more below:
Dry leaf crafts
Whenever you’re out and about, keep an eye out for some dry leaves that you can use for crafting. Look or different sizes and colours. The more unusual the better!
Leaves can be used for all sorts of things when the kids are stuck for something to do. Leaf rubbing, painting and using as decoration when drawing are all great activities that can keep the kids busy for an hour or two!
A rainy day out
Rainy days don’t have to mean being stuck indoors. In fact, there are lots of activities you can enjoy outside if you want to brave the rain.
Have a look at some rainy day activities here.
Homemade toffee apples
Toffee apples are a lovely little treat during autumn, especially on a cold and rainy day. Rather than buying some, why not have a go at making your own?
There is a lot of sugar in them, but I like to think that the apples balance it out (at least that’s why I’m telling myself anyway).
Check out an awesome homemade toffee apple recipe here.
What autumn bucket list is complete without apple bobbing?
Apple bobbing is a fun little activity that will get the kids eating and enjoying their 5 a day. It’s easy to set up, and is super cheap too.
Hunt for bugs
The rainy weather is the perfect time to hunt for and collect bugs. Have a look around your garden and see what you can find.
When you’ve finished, you could even make some bug houses together and give your new little pets a home.
The darker evenings are the perfect time to curl up with a book. Create a reading challenge for the kids and give them stickers to stick on a chart when they finish each book.
Charity shops can be a great place to find kids books if you don’t have access to a library.
Enjoy some autumn baking with apple and pumpkin themed foods. Some yummy ones you could try this season are:
Learn why leaves drop off trees
Do you know why leaves drop off trees in the autumn? Why not do some research with the kids and write it all down in a project book. You could even add leaves that you’ve picked up to add some decoration.
Pine cone art
Pine cones can make great little art projects. Add some paint and glitter and you’ll have a new little ornament to decorate the house with. They can make great autumn gifts for family too.
We love collecting conkers when we’re out and about. It reminds me of my childhood and it’s a great autumn activity to do together.
You can create some lovely table displays with them, and they also make great painting canvases too.
Splash in puddles
Splashing in puddles is what childhood is all about. Put your waterproofs and wellies on and see who can find the biggest puddle!
And obviously, the best part about splashing in puddles is coming home afterwards and getting all warm with some hot chocolate.
Plant some bulbs for spring
Autumn is a good time to plant some bulbs for the spring, and a great activity to get the kids involved in. Write down everything you’ve done in a book and decorate it with pictures of the flowers that you’ve planted.
Some bulbs you can plant in the autumn are:
Visit a National Trust site
National trust sites are great places to visit in the autumn. They’re full of amazing colours and textures, and you may even spot some wildlife too.
Make some bird feeders for the garden
We’re coming up to the time of year when birds need a little bit of help to get through the winter. Have a go at making a bird feeder and hang it up to make sure the birds have enough food throughout the colder months.
Paint an autumn forest scene
Get artistic and paint an autumn forest scene. Decorate it with bug stickers or twigs and leaves that you’ve picked up on a walk.
Visit a forest and see how many woodland animals you can spot
Another little project idea is to learn about woodland animals. Visit a forest and see how many you can tick off your list. When you get home get the kids to draw the animals that they’ve seen.
Have a go at Geocaching
Geocaching can be a great way to liven up a walk on a Sunday afternoon. Geocaches can be found all over the world, so you’re sure to be able to find some in your area.
Download the app before you go out, and remember to take a pen and paper with you!
Fly a kite
With the windier weather around, it’s a great time to go kite flying. Take a trip to the beach, or find a big open space and see who can get the kite the highest.
Make Halloween costumes
If you can’t get out to buy some halloween costumes, then how about making them instead? Go through all the old clothes in your house and see what you can come up with.
Pumpkin carving is a great autumn activity for kids that can last for the whole day. Find a pumpkin patch in your area and choose your perfect pumpkin, carve your design into it and then make pumpkin pie with the leftovers!
Decorate the house with autumn decor
Make your house look really autumnal with leaves, pinecones, conkers and painted stones. When it’s coming up to Halloween, you can also decorate with spiders, bats and everything spooky!
Get all the craft supplies out and see what the kids can come up with.
Adopt a woodland animal
Did you know you can adopt a woodland animal with the Wildlife Aid Foundation? It costs 30 pounds a year, and you receive a certificate of adoption, a factsheet on your animal and a choice of 2 out of 3 gifts for your little ones.
The Wildlife Aid Foundation are a charity that help injured and orphaned animals to recover before releasing them back into the wild.
Make an awesome autumn soup together
A good hearty soup is the perfect treat in the colder months. It’s easy to make and there is such a big variety of ingredients to choose from.
You can either come up with your own recipe, or try this amazing chunky vegetable soup from allrecipes.co.uk.
Have a spooky film night
Spooky film nights are a must do in October. Have a look at these spooky halloween films that kids will love for some ideas.
Enjoy an evening of stargazing
Autumn is full of learning opportunities, and stargazing is a really fun one to try your hand at. Grab some blankets and warm drinks and snuggle up in the garden. See how many constellations you can spot and name.
I hope you have as much fun trying out these autumn bucket list ideas as we do. If there are any that you’re family do together that I haven’t mentioned, let me know in the comments.