If you’re trying to minimise your household waste, getting your kids involved is really important! Teaching them lifelong habits will help to grow mindful, environmentally responsible adults.
Here are a few activities that you can do as a family this Autumn.
Go for a nature walk.
Try to see how many types of plant or flower you can spot, name bird songs and trees, spot mushrooms and bracket fungus, look for the paths created by animals (who made them? Was it a badger? A deer? A rabbit?) You could also take the opportunity to learn a little local history or folklore. We especially enjoy a walk around one of the prehistoric hill forts in Sussex! Hollingbury Hill Fort, Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring are all amazing. Make sure to wear wellies in case of mud and so you can enjoy splashing in puddles!
Go to a pick your own farm
From September to early November you should be able to find lovely Autumn food at a PYO farm. Have a look online to find your local pick your own farm and head down with your own bags and containers. Autumn fruits and veg to pick can include damsons and plums, late apple varieties, blackberries, broad beans, chard, and spinach.
We suggest a spot of apple picking at Oast Farm, but do call ahead to confirm availability.
Buxted, East Sussex
Collect leaves to craft and decorate with
Try and collect as many different colours as you can. You can draw faces on the leaves with felt tip, stick them to paper to create pretty collages, or use a needle and thread to carefully string them up as bunting (probably one for KS2+)
Create a nature shelf
Make a display of all the beautiful things you find outdoors; conkers, flint, pretty sticks, shells, fossils. You can add to it year-round, different items from each season.
Go for an Autumn beach clean
Beach cleaning is a great way to empower children to do their part for the environment. Take a walk along your local beach and scout for litter that has washed up or been discarded. Autumn and Spring are especially good times to beach clean because the tides are stronger and more litter can wash up on the beach or out to sea. Bring thick gloves (gardening or work gloves are best) a grabber if you have one, and a bin bag. Make sure that everyone understands which pieces of litter should not be picked up; things like sharp objects, or dirty nappies. If you’re feeling creative, you could see how many different coloured pieces of litter you can find.
Curl up indoors and read
The ultimate low-waste indoor activity! Whether you read aloud to each other, or quietly to yourselves. Reading a book curled up under a blanket is about as Autumnal as it gets. Who wants hot chocolate?