It’s a beautiful, crisp, sunny autumnal day here at Messy Me HQ, which has inspired me to pull together some ideas of fun activities to do with little ones at this time of year – most involving an element of mess…
Out and about
- Leaf Hunting – take your little ones to find as many different leaves as possible – see how many different shapes, sizes, colours and textures you can find. Bring your favourites home to paint / make into collages…
- Build a hedgehog / small animal house / bug hotel – collect some sticks and stones and make a small den to help keep small animals warm and cosy during the colder months.
- Blow bubbles on a windy day – take some bubble mixture outside on a windy day and watch how far and fast the bubbles travel
- Leaf catching – stand under a tree on a windy day and try to catch the leaves as they fall to the ground – my son LOVED this and spent hours running around trying to catch leaves when he was little
- Leaf jumping – make a big pile of leaves in the garden / park and let your little ones run and jump into the pile (making sure it’s big and soft enough so they don’t hurt themselves when they land!)
- Autumn Treasure Hunt – go on a walk to find autumn treasures – there are so many exciting things to find at this time of year – conkers, leaves, acorns, pine cones, sycamore leaves, conker shells … Again, you could bring the favourites home
- Outdoor painting/ crafting – there’s no reason why little ones can’t be painting outside at this time of year, as long as they’ve got enough layers on. Here are some ideas:
- Paint conkers / pine cones / leaves / pebbles
- Use leaves / conkers instead of a paint brush to paint a picture
- Create an 3D autumnal collage – with paints, glue and autumn goodies.
- Make mud pies (if you’re feeling very brave)
Autumn Messy Play At Home
Here are some of our favourite Autumn craft ideas:
- Leaf hand prints – turn your little ones hand prints into little leaves. Relatively easy and a really lovely result.
- Fingerprint Autumn Trees – create beautiful autumn trees with finger prints for leaves. A great one for doing with little ones
- Hedgehog Crafts – lots of lovely ideas here – my favourites are the Loo Roll & Leaf hedgehogs and Leaf Hedgehogs
- Potato printing – cut a leaf design in a potato, dip in paint and stamp away…
- Sensory Bin or Tray – there are so many different textures to explore at this time of year from pine cones to conkers, to leaves, acorns and acorn holders. A quick walk outside to collect some autumn treasures, put them in a bowl or on a tray and let the children explore the different shapes, sizes, smells and textures (keeping a watch over little ones to check they don’t try to eat anything…)
- Leaf painting – a firm favourite and just so easy. Collect some leaves, paint them and press them on to a piece of paper to produce pretty leaf prints.