5 Ways To Get Closer To Nature This Autumn

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"Listen!  the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,

We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!"

Humbert Wolfe

Autumn brings us many joys - juicy blackberries, all kinds of nuts, foraged mushrooms (be careful), crackling bonfires, and enormous drifts of fallen leaves. Spend a few hours readying the garden for winter; roaming fields and footpaths, or tramping along a chilly beach. Then it's back inside with rosy cheeks and a warming meal. If you want to be busier than that, try one of the five Autumn activities listed here or search for more ideas in the Shop.

1. Feed Butterflies As They Prepare For Hibernation 

Create a butterfly banquet by putting out old bananas to give them a sugary treat.

The RSPB says:

“Many butterflies like a sweet boost to help them stay fit and healthy during the autumn, and some need the energy to see them into hibernation.

"As a mushy banana gradually ferments and oozes in the sunshine, red admiral, painted lady and comma butterflies should find it. When they do, they’re likely to stay for hours and then return day after day for the juicy treat."

2. Plan Some Outdoor Activities

If you feel like curling up with a book as the evenings drawn in, why not try "I Love Dirt!" by Jennifer Ward? This lively collection of 52 open-ended activities is divided into seasons, so you can browse through Fall now and save Winter for the Christmas holidays.

“No matter what your location from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child's sense of wonder.”

The North American autumn may not completely match our experience in the UK, but activities like Cloud Racing and Wild Hide-and-Seek are eminently transferrable.

3. Start A Photography Project

Help your child collect the bright colours of autumn by teaching them to use a simple camera. Good for wildlife pictures too!

“Next time you’re in a wildlife rich environment (a duck park, a zoo or in the bush), don’t be afraid to give your child a camera.  

"When a child has control of their own camera, they focus on details of the animal you wouldn’t expect.

"It’s not only a great learning experience for your child, but also for you.”

via Give your Kid a Camera to get Closer to Nature 

4. Watch The Sky

The National Trust has collected some mind-boggling facts about stargazing for kids.

For example, you’re probably already aware that every atom in your body was formed from the dust of an exploded star, but did you know that space is only around 60 miles from the surface of the earth?

That means if you live in the middle of England you could be closer to space than you are to the sea.

Think about it - what is 60 miles from where you live? Daylight Savings time ends in the UK on 30 October 2016. Be ready to look up!

5. Get Into The Garden

This is the time to clear up the garden, light bonfires, and prepare the ground for next year's crops.

Now you can sow onions, garlic, perpetual spinach, broad beans and carrots.

If you have access to a greenhouse, start off some winter salads.

There are lots of muddy jobs for kids in the autumn, so make sure you’re all wrapped up warm and ready to stay out all day!