With our study of the autumn equinox this week, all thoughts have turned to things that we can do outdoors. I’m pleased that the weather seems to be forecast to be a little drier than it has been this past week or so.
I’ve been busy thinking of ideas for some outdoor games so thought it might be a good opportunity to share some fun ideas.
Autumn really is the perfect season for getting outdoors. The days can be crisp and fresh and it really is the perfect way to blow the cobwebs away. I always feel better getting out of the house in autumn and these games are the perfect way to extend the time outdoors.
Conker Collecting – is there anything better than putting on the wellies and getting out and about collecting conkers. The fun is the to play a game of conkers – thread them onto a string and whack them against each other – the player with conker left on their string is the winner. Watch out for bashed knuckles though!
We always just left the conker in its natural state when we played this when I was younger, but there are some tips here for toughening up your conker .
Apple throwing – autumn time is perfect for gathering up apples and there are a couple of apple trees near us that we have been stopping by. Why not get a few paint buckets and aim to throw the apples into them using as targets.
This can soon turn competitive though, especially if you award different points to each bucket. It’s also a great way to practice some of those gross motor skills
Create an obstacle course – get children to run an obstacle course, transferring conkers into hollowed out pumpkins – whoever fills their pumpkin first wins. Carving the pumpkins is good fun too and you could use the inside to make some pumpkin soup.
Simple obstacles for this could include – chalked out ladders to jump along, hoops to jump in and out of or tunnels to crawl through – we might include running around the tuff spot too when we do this!
If your garden is anything like ours then there will be an abundance of autumn leaves appearing – get children to have a race to see who can fill a bag with leaves first – a fun way to clear up the garden!
Mr D is quite competitive so this is the perfect way to engage that competitive spirit and also clear some of the leaves
Skim stones along a local lake – this is better at this time of year as there are unlikely to be nests to disturb.
What other games do you like to play outdoors in the autumn? We also enjoy going for puddle jumping walks – always guaranteed to get children active but best done on the way back home to avoid getting too cold and wet for too long!
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