5 reasons to get outside this autumn

Halloween is over, bonfire night has passed and the trees are looking pretty chilly out there, autumn (or fall for my American friends) has definitely set in. With this pretty season also comes the not so pretty, cold and wet weather. It can be tempting to just stay at home and consider hibernating until the beginning of Spring but there are still plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the sunshine great outdoors.

1. Winter wardrobe – You now have a reason to wear your favourite scarf that has been hanging lonely on a hook by the door for the past 9 months. What about that coat you love that has been neglected during the summer months? It is time to wrap up and get to know and love your winter wardrobe all over again. Also, what a perfect excuse for a shopping trip – you can’t possibly go out for autumnal walks in the woods without a new pair of boots, surely?
Yay, it’s now cold enough for me to wear this very lumpy jumper I knitted.
2. The park – There is no denying it, kids just love a trip to the park. The swing and slide set in the garden just won’t cut it sometimes and the only thing that will satisfy them is a trip to the local playground. No matter how hard you try to build some kind of fort/assault course in the house, at some point this autumn you will have to don your hat and gloves and take a crunchy walk through the leaves and go to the park.
Leo is not overly sure about the trampoline.
See saw..Marjorie Dore 

3. Crafts – Been on Pinterest lately? Autumn craft ideas are everywhere and if you want to get creative you are going to have to get outdoors. You can’t make an autumn collage without any leaves, or an autumnal wreath without any conkers or acorns now can you? Also, how is  your toddler going to make his stick man without any sticks?

These became a conkers caterpillar..it was destroyed before I had time to photograph it.
Collecting conkers

4. It is fun – The days of making sandcastles on the beach may be a distant memory and there may still be a few months to go before you will be building any snow men but that doesn’t mean Autumn can’t be fun too. Why not exchange the sand for leaves and make a big leaf mountain for your toddler to jump in. Throwing leaves in the air and running through them is also a big toddler pleaser, as is crunching through them and kicking them everywhere. In case you hadn’t already guessed, my little one just loves leaves.

Leaf mountain!!


5. It is beautiful – If you just stop for a minute, embrace the cold and the change of season and look around, you will see that Autumn is in fact a really beautiful time. Brightly coloured leaves litter the ground and fall from the trees like flakes of snow The sun may go down early but a glowing sunset behind empty, naked trees is a very pretty sight. Get your camera out and get snapping because before you know it will be winter, the leaves would have turned to slush and more than likely (in the UK anyway) snowy scenes will be just be an unfulfilled Christmas wish. Enjoy the colours while you can.

Do you love autumn? Do you like to get out and about or do you prefer to stay in and hibernate? Is there anything you would add to this list? Let me know 🙂

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  1. November 13, 2015 / 11:21 am

    I love Autumn but sometimes I need a push to get out and about! I love this list 🙂

  2. November 14, 2015 / 9:37 am

    We love Autumn. We've had lots of woodland walks and have done lots of Autumn crafts. We're hanging onto Autumn for as long as we possibly can! #TheList

  3. November 16, 2015 / 9:17 am

    Autumn is the best season of all! Crunchy leaves, woolly warmers and so many activities! Great post! #fartglitter

  4. Mrs G
    November 16, 2015 / 9:26 am

    Beautiful pictures…whats not to love about Autumn…apart from ALL THE VIRUSES!! 🙂 Sorry…been a tough month with lurgies in our household! But you're right…I do love this time of year xxx #fartglitter

  5. November 16, 2015 / 10:24 am

    I so agree with this! I love the autumn as long as we are all wrapped up warm. It is fun to explore and go running around in the park with all the leaves #fartglitter

  6. Kim and Hannah
    November 16, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    You're right Autumn is lovely. And so are your pictures, feel the urge to get the kids wellies on and kick up some leaves. #fartglitter

  7. November 16, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    Aww thank you. It can be hard to get outside when it's cold can't it? Sometimes it is too easy to stay snuggled up indoors.xx

  8. November 16, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    Just got to love a woodland walk haven't you? I love exploring, as long as you have wellies and a decent coat, nothing can stop you! Yup me too, I don't particularly enjoy winter xx

  9. November 16, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Totally agree, I love wooly warmers 🙂 xx

  10. November 16, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    I know, that sucks! Although, Leo has got a constant runny nose at the minute come to think of it and he hates me going anywhere near it with a tissue, boys hey? I hope everyone is feeling ok now and you can get out and have some fun xx

  11. November 16, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Autumn is just all about the leaves..!xx

  12. November 16, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Aww glad you like the pictures. It is just a beautiful time of year so it is hard not to get a bit snap happy. Do it! Nothing beats a bit of leaves kicking, haha xx

  13. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    November 17, 2015 / 7:22 am

    We sadly don't really get Autumn here. We're still sweating and hiding from the sun. I think the leaves will be gone by the time we hit Inverness in December :-(. Hopefully we get a proper winter to make up for it.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

  14. November 17, 2015 / 9:47 am

    I think there's something special about the start of every season. Especially Autumn. It's the count down to my favourite time of the year – Christmas. I love bringing out the winter wardrobe, the beautiful walks outside in the beautiful leaves and especially being able to light our fire again x #twinklytuesday

  15. Erin Vincent
    November 17, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    Oh yes, we love autumn! I adore boots and sweaters and the kids adore all of the fallen leaves!

  16. November 22, 2015 / 8:26 am

    I love autumn! Not keen on that biting wind at the moment but we love putting our costs and wellies on and heading out. We live just a short walk from a huge country park that has a canal and lots beautiful lakes. It's just stunning. Then about a 15 minute drive away we have the woodland burial ground where my dad's Ashes are buried. Zach has been asking quite often to go there which is lovely 🙂 I'm ready to get the scarf out now too! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  17. November 23, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Aww that's a shame, although I wouldn't mind a bit of sun right about now. The leaves will probably be gone but you might get snow, yay!xx

  18. November 23, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    Ohh what I would do for a real, log fire…xx

  19. November 23, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Yess, I love a good jumper. Glad to hear my boy is not the only leaf obsessive out there xx

  20. November 23, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Ohh that is so lovely that Zach asks to go there. I know what you mean, it is definitely getting cold out there now, I have already been wearing my scarf. Thanks for hosting xx