The leaves are turning yellow-brown – if there are any left – and the days of T-shirts and shorts are behind us. As the weather gets chilly and the skies grey, you’re looking for autumn activities for kids who are stuck inside.
We’ve come up with three great free activities and autumn crafts for kids to keep them entertained while they look forward to all the fun on offer at a Barracudas camp next summer!
Indoor treasure hunt
Tipping it down? That’s OK, not all autumn activities for kids require the great outdoors! Just dish out this list to the kids and give them 20 minutes to find your family treasures.
• A photo of grandma • A drawing by your brother/sister • Something that’s soft and cuddly • A silly hat • Something dry that gets wet • A book with photos of somewhere far away • A birthday card • Something that’s mum’s favourite colour • A holiday souvenir • Something that comes in pairs
The kid who gets back with the most on the list wins!
Get out the paper, felt tips, coloured pencils and – this is essential – a chunky black crayon. You’ll also need a bamboo barbecue skewer or a match that’s been burnt. Using the power of autumn crafts for kids, you’re about to create bonfire night … on paper.
First off, get the kids to pick out lots of bright, burning colours and cover the paper with patterns, squiggles and splodges of colour. Then, using the crayon, cover the entire page with a layer of black.
Now come the fireworks: using the skewer or match, scrape through the crayon to the colour below, decorating the page with firework rocket trails, Catherine wheels and bonfire blazes – leaving plenty of the paper black so the colours pop.
If ever a picture deserved pride of place on the fridge, it’s this one!
Face the consequences
Boring Sunday afternoons when the wind’s rattling the roof tiles are the time to get the kettle on, the biscuit tin out and dig out the notepad for a game of Consequences. Everyone gets a sheet of paper and a pen. They write a woman’s name – it could be a relative, a soap star or a comic character – at the top, followed by the word “met”, then fold it over leaving plenty of room for the list that’s going to follow. They pass the paper to their left, and each person then writes a man’s name, followed by the word “at”.
Then they work through this list, folding the paper over each response and handing it to their left: • A location, then the words: “She wore.” • Her outfit, then the words: “He wore.” • His outfit, then the words: “She said.” • Her comment, then the words: “He said.” • His reply, then the words: “And the consequences were.” • Finish off the story, hand it to their left, then take it in turn to read the tale aloud.
Guaranteed at least one story will cause tears of laughter. You’re welcome.