The arrival of Autumn is my second favourite season. I love summer but I also really don’t mind Autumn. Cozy jumpers, hot chocolate and crunchy leaves make me very excited for all the antics we can get up to this Autumn! So I’m going to share with you my Autumn bucket list of things I want to do in the rest of September and October before it is way too cold and dark to even leave the house and just spend the entire Winter eating candy canes and singing Christmas songs!
Just because it’s Autumn and it’s a bit colder it is no excuse not to be outside. To be honest there is no way Amelia would let me keep her indoors for the next couple of months as she’s too much of an outsidey girl. I have quite a few outdoor activities I would like to do but the simplest is a picnic in the forest. Sparse trees and fallen leaves with a huge tartan blanket whilst we are all sat cuddled up in jumpers is how I imagine this picnic. Whether it would end up that way I’m not sure but a picnic in the forest is the aim.
I really want to find a fun maze to go and do. I think that’s more of an American fall thing to do but I think it would be really fun although there is the possibility of a lost toddler. I’ve got a couple in mind so hopefully this one will pan out. Hay barns and tractor rides are also quite Autumnal activities so we will squeeze those in as well!
Amelia is also a huge hoarder! Whenever we are out and about her hands are stuffed full of leaves, sticks and stones so I can imagine we will be bringing lots of Autumn goodies back home. But I definitely want to find as many conkers as possible as I have a few activities I would like to do with them- old fashioned game of conkers and some sensory tactile things for Amelia to do.
Autumn is full of colour and all the leaves are falling so that can only mean one thing; leaf stomping!!! I want to either rake a huge pile of leaves or find a huge field of red and orange crunchy leaves to stomp in with Amelia and take a gazillion photos of the entire thing, obviously!
You cannot ignore those giant orange things at this time of year and we are going to fully embrace them. I’ve already googled our local pumpkin patch for where we can go and choose our own pumpkins. I love this idea and think Amelia will really enjoy it. I’m hoping we can pick some apples and maybe some blackberries at the same time and make an Autumn pick your own day out of it!
Once we’ve got our chosen pumpkins we will do some carving. Not sure how Amelia will get on with that; last year she did really well and helping to get the seeds out. There are some really easy ways to carve pumpkins to make them look good hopefully it will be better than my Peppa Pig attempt last year…you either see it or you don’t.
I’ve never had pumpkin pie before but I’ve been looking at this recipe in my Hummingbird book for a while now and feel it is the perfect season to give it a try. Hopefully I’ll have my little sous chef and we can share the recipe with you all.
We will be having our version of Halloween, Amelia’s far too young to be knocking on doors and I’m still not sure that’s something I want her to do anyway but I can think more on that when she’s older. This year I want to find a little Halloween party/disco that we can go to and she can dress up and dance about to fun halloween tunes. I used to be pretty creative with fancy dress outfits and ideas (think that’s 15 years of dancing lessons and shows for you) so I really want to make some all or at least some of Amelia’s halloween costume this year! A mini challenge for myself that will hopefully not be too complex that I can share in some kind of way that makes sense for others to give a go as well.
I have got so many Autumn craft ideas up my sleeve (thank you Pinterest) that I really can’t wait to get going with. We are all stocked up on arty supplies and I am pretty excited for Amelia and myself to do these. Just some examples will be some Autumn scented play dough, lots of painting involving leaves and fir cones and incorporating other Autumnal things like; hedgehogs, scarecrow and Halloween and other sensory activities. It’s all well doing painting but when you’ve got a theme it’s so much more fun.
I’ve already mentioned wanting to go choose pumpkins and baking pumpkin pie. But with our picked apples and blackberries I want to make a really yummy crumble or pie-the best pudding after a yummy Sunday roast. One for Amelia to really get stuck into will be decorating some leaf/Halloween sugar cookies, she loves eating the icing!!
Maybe not entirely baking but I really want to melt marshmallows over a fire whilst sipping on the yummiest hot chocolate I could have made. This might be an after hours one when Amelia’s in bed or maybe she can enjoy a mini hot chocolate herself.
Following on from baking is my last item on my Autumn bucket list.
Although Amelia already has a ready made den in the form of her teepee wheres the fun in that?! We will definitely be building a huge comfy den stuffed full of cushions for us to watch all the Halloween episodes that Disney and Nick junior have to offer. This is more than ok with me as I’m really not into scary films but I’ll still get my Halloween quota.
So that is my Autumn bucket list. I really hope over the next 6 weeks or so you will see blog posts and such popping up filled with all of these ideas and at the end of Autumn I will do a little summary of what we actually managed to do.
Let me know if I’ve missed anything.
Thanks for reading!xx