I love Autumn, as you can probably tell from this post and my last post! I also love nature so I thought it would be a fun idea to compile and share my favourite Autumn nature activities. The title might sound like these activities are just for kids, but who says adults can’t have fun too?
8 Autumn nature activities
Did you know that conkers keep spiders out? My Granny always did this and she never had spiders in her house! Last year I kept mine on my window sill and didn’t have any. My flatmate, however, didn’t have any in his room and spiders came in. Word of warning, if you already have spiders in the room, it won’t make them go away. It just prevents them from coming in. If they don’t work for you, it’s nice to have them as autumnal decorations.
Make an Autumn wreath
I haven’t ever done this before but I did buy a wreath last Autumn. Since I haven’t made an Autumn wreath, I’m not entirely sure how to do it, but I’m sure there are lots of ideas on Pinterest! When I eventually get around to making one, I’m going to go outside and collect natural decor. Try to pick up leaves etc. from the ground instead of picking them off the tree or bush. I’m thinking:
- Colourful leaves
Alternatively, you could go to a craft shop and buy some fake decor. I’ve seen lots in Hobbycraft, and I’m sure you could buy some from B&M or Home Bargains. One advantage of creating a fake wreath is that you can reuse it each year!
Plant some bulbs
Autumn is the perfect time to plant your bulbs for them to come up in the Spring. Annoyingly, there isn’t any soil space in my Uni garden so it’s not very pretty. But a couple of my flatmates and I are planning on buying some bulbs to plant in pots! We’ll have to watch out for slugs and snails.
Build a bonfire
IMPORTANT! Only create a bonfire where you are allowed, abide by the rules and always have a bucket of water nearby!
When I was at Guides, I loved creating a fire and cooking on it.
- Pizza pockets
- Pasta & tomato sauce
- Chocolate orange
- Chocolate banana boats
- Toasted marshmallows
Make a leaf species poster
This is probably something you did as a child, however, why not create one now? I’m super interested in plants, trees and flowers so I love the sound of this. Leaves tend to curl up after a while but to keep the leaf pattern you could make some leaf rubbings. Now that I’ve been writing about it, I really fancy it.
Jump in a pile of leaves
Remember to look out for hedgehogs before jumping!
Is there any better Autumn activity than jumping in a pile of leaves? I used to love doing that on the way to or back from school – definitely a clear highlight of the year!
In the UK, Autumn is taking a while to come. I’m yet to put the heating on in the house, though it was a little chilly yesterday. Not a lot of leaves have fallen, so maybe do this activity in a few weeks. It’ll be something to look forward to 🍂
Apple or pumpkin picking
When I think of fruit picking, berries always come to mind. But what about Autumn fruit? Pumpkin is a clear Autumn fruit due to it being a key part of Halloween. I’ve never really tried pumpkin but I’m hoping this will change soon! I’m planning on trying a pumpkin spiced latte when I next pass by Starbucks. If my flatmates and I decided to carve pumpkins, I’m definitely going to make sure the insides don’t go to waste! One day I would love to go to a pumpkin patch, but I can’t find any near Bournemouth.
I always think that apple picking happens in Summer because we have apple trees in our garden, though they are often quite sour. Is it an American thing? I’m not sure. Either way, apple pie or crumble have that autumnal vibe. Personally, I don’t like sweet pies and I really hate the taste of warm apples. But I do love plain crumble haha!
I find Autumn wildlife so interesting. Beautiful birds, squirrels, hedgehogs & you might even find some fungi. I’m trying to make our Uni garden as wildlife-friendly as possible! As I said before, there aren’t flowers so we’ll probably have a harder time attracting pollinators. Birds are something I am hoping to attract. I’ve got a bird feeder and in the garden, there’s bushes, a tree and a water fountain.
Keep your eye out for a future blog post on Autumn wildlife!
Which Autumn nature activities are you planning on doing?
Best wishes, Cx