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Multi-sensory autumn activities

Autumn is a wonderful season for the senses – from the smell of rain-wet mud, to the crunch of leaves underfoot and feel and sound of the rain, there’s really no better time to enjoy the great outdoors.

To make the most of autumn with your children, we have a few ideas to encourage young VI explorers to head outside and get creative and a few reading ideas too!

Leaf prints

First collect freshly fallen leaves. Then squeeze out a few autumnal coloured paints such as yellow, orange and brown. Gently brush the paint on the leaves, press the leaves onto paper and lift off to make leaf print patterns. Borrow Nature Detectives for an evocative wildlife guide to woodland and hedgerows .

Colourful leaf prints

Autumn collage

Inspired by the autumnal feely picture in One Year With Kipper (pictured below) make a tactile collage or object box by collecting fallen leaves, sticks, conkers, acorns and pumpkin seeds, and gluing them onto coloured paper or into a shoebox.Tactile picture showing Kipper and his dog friend, and a collection autumnal things including leaves and a pumpkin.

Songs and poems

Come up with autumn-inspired songs and poems.  Introduce instruments like triangles, tambourines or drums (pots and pans will do!) to make the song or poem come to life!  Start by taking a walk in the woods, nearby field or park and make a note of sounds (if you have a phone in your pocket you could record them), smells and textures and collect interesting objects such leaves, sticks, stones, feathers.

You’ll find that Mad About Minibeasts is a great starting point to introduce little ones to hunting for tiny creatures that live in wild spaces, under rocks, on bark, leaves and in log piles. Each tactile and audio guide is accompanied by music and song on a bug and beastly theme and the accompanying book (pictured below) is actually lots of short poems about each creature.

Mad About Minibeasts cover showing smiling insects in a garden scene.

Borrow Nature Detectives from our FREE library

Borrow One Year With Kipper from our FREE library

Borrow Mad About Minibeasts from our FREE library

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