Autumn Activities: Day One - Autumn walks, Leaf Play and Autumn Exploratory Boxes

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Section: Autumn

Autumn is a great time of year to teach children about different seasons as there are lots of visible changes all around!

Every day this week we’ll be posting a different activity to introduce young children to autumn time.

A great place to start is by going on an autumn walk, allowing children to observe first hand what happens at autumn time and help them learn more about the world around them. Whilst being outside you can discuss the changes in weather (and temperature) and help children to make comparisons between autumn and other times of the year. Learning about different seasons helps children to begin to talk about and understand why things happens and changes which happen over time.

The beautiful autumn colours can help children to recognise and name colours and can be visually stimulating for younger children. Walking through piles of leaves can be great fun and make some wonderful rustling sounds as they learn the elements of autumn time.

Taking a bag on your walk and collecting fallen leafs, conkers, conker shells and fir cones can provide great souvenirs of your autumn walk and useful when carrying out autumn activities when you get home!


Exploring leafs, conker shells, conkers and fir cones can be an interesting way for children to learn more about different seasons and the features of autumn.

What you need:

  • a collection of leaves
  • conkers and conker shells
  • fir cones

How can this benefit you child's development?

Playing in leaves can be a great sensory experience due to the autumnal colours of the leaves and the lovely rustling sound they make. It can provide a good way of discussing colours and changes that happen at autumn time.

Discovering conkers, fir cones and conker shells help children develop language as they learn the names of the different objects. As they explore the different textures they may use describing language such as 'smooth', 'shiny', 'prickly', 'rough' and 'bumpy'. Having lots of the same object can help children start to understand quantities and to begin to count objects. As children sort the objects into their groups it can help them learn to categorise objects based on their features.

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