Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to do in autumn
Autumn is full of opportunities for outdoor adventures, such as splashing in puddles and collecting champion conkers. Here are the top challenges in our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ list to tick off this season.
- No. 1 Get to know a tree
- Explores the nooks and crannies of a holey tree or grab a crayon to make a bark rubbing. See how far you can wrap your arms around its trunk and look up to see what wildlife is hiding among the branches.Find the perfect tree
- No. 4 Build a den
- Let your imagination run wild while practising your den building skills. Collect branches and crunchy leaves to build your hideaway in the heart of nature. Our top tip: save time by leaning sticks against a large tree trunk.Start building
- No. 6 Go welly wandering
- Pull on your wellington boots and embark on an autumnal adventure. Splash around in puddles, squelch through some mud or crunch your way through fallen leaves on your next welly wander.Make a splash
- No. 10 Play conkers
- Try your hand at one of the oldest autumn games. First, find the right conker – there are plenty around to pick from this time of year. Next, thread it with some string and find an opponent. Can you become the conker champion?Have a bash
- No. 12 Have fun with sticks
- The humble stick comes in all shapes and sizes, and there are many fun things you can do with one. Lay a secret trail for your family to follow, make a magic wand or play Pooh sticks at your nearest stream or river.Discover stick activities
- No. 13 Make a mud creation
- How creative can you get with mud? Put on your wellies and find a squelchy spot to find out. Create a modern art masterpiece or cook up a mud pie – add some twigs for candles and pretend it’s a birthday cake.Get muddy
- No. 18 Create some wild art
- Create a colourful piece of wild art this autumn. The season provides everything you need to make your masterpiece: fallen leaves, sticks, acorns, mud, grasses, conkers and feathers.Find creativity in nature
- No. 21 Forage for wild food
- Foraging is a rewarding hobby that involves searching for and eating plants, herbs and fruit growing in the wild. Dip your hands into hedgerows, trees and bushes to see what tasty treats you can pick. Look out for seasonal blackberries, apples and hazelnuts on your travels.Go foraging
- No. 31 Make friends with a bug
- Search high and low, under rocks and on top of branches, for a colourful world of minibeasts. Does your tiny critter have fur, wings or many legs? Remember to handle them gently and put any creepy-crawlies back where you found them afterwards.Hang out with nature
- No. 36 Make a home for wildlife
- Give nature a helping hand by creating homes for wildlife. Build a hedgehog house or put up a bug hotel – even piles of twigs and branches can be great places for insects to live. Collect natural materials from your back garden or local park and it won't be long before an animal moves in.Tips for building a home
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