Learning and Play Activities to Try this Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time of year for imaginative fun and outdoor play, with lots of seasonal colours, smells and sounds to excite little ones’ senses. Here are just a few of our favourite ideas for learning and play activities with a special autumn twist.

Seed trees

If you’re making an autumnal dish with butternut squash or pumpkin, scoop the seeds out, and then wash and dry them. Have your little one draw a bare tree on a sheet of paper, and then stick the seeds on as leaves using non-toxic glue. Then, you can paint the ‘leaves’ in all of the different gold, red and orange hues of autumn using water-based paints.

Autumn-themed sensory bucket

Stimulating sensory play is important for children’s development, so fill a bucket with highly tactile autumnal items, like pine cones, miniature pumpkins, and cinnamon- or apple-scented cotton balls that they can touch, explore, count and sort.

Pretend baking fun

While you’re whipping up goodies in the kitchen, your tiny tot can make one of autumn’s classic treats with the Hape Gingerbread Baking Set that comes complete with cookie cutters and felt ‘dough’.

Autumn artwork

Take your kids for a walk to collect acorns, leaves, sticks, and pine cones. At home, children can use their nature treasures as stamps by pressing them into eco-friendly paint and stamping them onto paper to create colourful patterns.

Obstacle course

To make the most of the beautiful fallen leaves, gather them into piles to create a fun obstacle course. Children can run with pull-along toys or hobby horses through the course, or even set up a wooden train track that runs through the imaginary leaf ‘mountains’.

For more nature-oriented play ideas, visit The Little Woodpecker, your online destination for eco-friendly toys.