The Return of Autumn
Autumn calls us outdoors to kick up the leaves, admire the infinite variety of reds, oranges and golds and pile smooth, shiny conkers into our pockets. Recently we enjoyed a fantastic family walk around the stunning Wisley Gardens, run by the Royal Horticultural Society, and during Autumn there is a full programme of autumn activities for kids, including pumpkin carving and storytelling.
Our kids were fascinated by the idea of helping our endangered hedgehogs hibernate, so when we got home we built some little dens for our garden – try them out here, or pretend to be hibernating hedgehogs with a game of hide and seek. Little fans of these cute, spiky creatures would also love our adorable hedgehog mobile above their cot or bed.
Just like hibernating animals, autumn brings us indoors as we begin to feel the frost in the air and the nights draw in. Nothing beats huddling around a cosy fire with a warm blanket and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Our owl quilted blanket is wonderfully cosy and perfect for snuggling up on the sofa. Or your little ones might even be tempted to hibernate themselves in this beautiful treehouse bunk bed!
Once you’re all cuddled up in your cosy hideaway, keep everyone entertained with a magical story. The Gruffalo is a classic which children love to re-enact, pretending to be woodland creatures snug in their warm dens. You could even use soft toys and our Mr Frank Fox Cushion to bring the story to life!
Kids will also love to explore the exquisitely illustrated little world of the field mice in the Brambly Hedge series’ cosy Autumn Story. Or try one of our bedtime favourites, The Very Helpful Hedgehog, a delightful story all about the unlikely friendship between a hedgehog and a donkey.
Indoors and out, there are so many ways to make the most of this beautiful season. Check out the National Trust’s website for more ideas including a range of autumn food events and half-term fun around the country, or try some of these autumn-themed craft ideas from the Forestry Commission. Whatever you do, enjoy creating happy autumn memories for yourself and your family.