The leaves are falling with wild abandon now as autumn makes its final approach into winter. Amazingly, the days are still mild and the weather is perfect for getting out and enjoying the change of seasons with the kids. We have been out and about enjoying all the changing colours. Here are a few of my favourite activities outdoors at this time of year:
1) Take an autumn walk in the woods. It has to be done, doesn’t it? What would autumn be without a welly walk in the woods and a bunch of children (and, ahem, parents, grandparents…) kicking up the leaves into a whirl of oranges and yellows with gleeful abandon? You can find the best spot for autumn colour near you by popping over to the Woodland Trust website.
2) Play conkers. OK – my two are a bit young for this. Next year though Roo will no doubt be a pro in no time. There’s nothing like a good conker fight in autumn and the process of hunting outdoors for the largest, shiniest specimens and extracting them from their soft casings like oysters from their shells is a huge part of the fun. As a child, I used to soak my conkers in vinegar then bake them on a low heat in the oven for half-an-hour. If you’re entering the World Conker Championship (yes it does exist ad it’s right here in the UK – get training now for next year) then this trick is technically illegal but it doesn’t half produce some champion conkers!
3) Hedgerow foraging. Much to Roo’s sadness, the blackberries are largely finished for this year. We have been out for several short walks collecting sloes though. Roo can’t taste the final product of her efforts (sloe gin – yum) but she does enjoy helping identify and pick them with me.
4) Get the garden ready for winter. From raking leaves to washing the bird feeders, there are lots of little jobs to be done in preparation for winter outside and nearly all of them are safe for little helpers to get involved. We have been building a hedgehog house here for our newly discovered prickly garden residents as well as clearing up the veggie beds and planting spring bulbs. Pottering in the garden is one of Roo’s favourite past-times!
5) Leaf play: Whether you rake up a massive pile in the garden and jump in them, make leaf angels, shape them into outdoor artwork or collect different leaves to turn into art collages or do leaf rubbings with, getting creative with autumn’s gift to kids is a must.
To celebrate autumn, Baby Routes has teemed up with those masters of outdoor cool over at SkateHut.co.uk for a great competition. We are giving one lucky winner a brand new Mini Micro 3-in-1 Ride-On Scooter worth £79.95 for their outdoor family adventures! Converting from ride-on mode with a seat for tiny tots, the micro-scooter then changes into a toddler scooter and then a full sized mini-scooter, keeping your child in scooting fun from their first through to their fifth birthday. It’s a great accessory to take out on autumn and winter walks or just for a quick blast in the garden and definitely the cool-kid option until they are old enough for one of these…
To enter to win a Mini-Micro 3-in-1 Ride-On Scooter, we would love to hear your ideas for outdoor fun this autumn Just share your favourite ideas for outdoor family fun this autumn. You can leave a comment below or on the Baby Routes Facebook page.
If you’re not a words kind of person then you can also enter by posting a pic of your outdoor family fun on Instagram with the hashtags #babyroutes & #winascooter (don’t forget to follow @babyroutes if your account is private or your entry won’t be visible).
If you’d like an extra entry or few you can pop over and like/follow the Skate Hut and Baby Routes Facebook & Twitter pages. Do make sure you’ve sent in an idea as detailed above first and make sure you register your details and tell us how you’ve entered via the Rafflecopter widget below. Make sure you’ve read the T’s & C’s on the widget below too.
You can enter any time now on until midnight on Monday 17th November 2014. Look forward to hearing all your great ideas and good luck!