With the leaves slowly turning into the most beautiful colours you’ve ever seen, and the mornings getting crisper and chillier, you’ll know that autumn is finally here!  As much as we love lolly weather, Autumn is actually one of our most favourite seasons of the year, and let’s face it, lollies are great whatever the weather, aren’t they?!

Right now we can’t get enough of that ‘crunch’ you feel underneath your feet when you’re out exploring the big wide world.  With so much to explore at this time of year, we asked Lisa Joyce, founder of award-winning of sustainable outdoor clothing brand Kidunk to give us a round-up of her top 5 outdoor activities that you can do with your little adventurers now that Autumn has arrived.

Child in brown jumper holding  a brown leaf

Autumn Leaf Crown

We absolutely love all the coloured leaves you get during autumn, those shades of greens, yellows and reds. Our adventurers love collecting all the different coloured leaves, in all shapes and sizes, then once they’ve collected them ask them to lay them out in front of them. You’ll then need to take a piece of craft paper and fold it into a band shape (head size) and add some double-sided tape on one side. Stick all your leaves on top to decorate your crown and use some tape to secure and fasten for a really royal effect!

Children running through autumn leaves

Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder

When the weather starts to get a little chilly, it’s great to give those birdies a helping hand by creating a pine cone bird feeder. We like heading out into the forest beforehand to seek out some pine cones to use, to add that extra bit of adventure! You can check out our Reel here, for the full instructions.

    Child tying a pine cone to a tree

    Conker Collecting

    Did you collect Conkers as a child? Yep, it’s a time honoured tradition and one that our explorers love doing too! Head out into the great outdoors and see how many conkers you can find out on your walk. You’ll be able to count them, look at the sizes and see who can find the funniest shape etc!  If you’ve got bigger adventurers you can help them play conkers too!

    Conkers and autumn leaves

    Pumpkin Picking

    One thing we all think of during this time of year is HALLOWEEN! Why not head to your local pumpkin patch to search for a pumpkin to bring home and carve. Not only is it great fun looking at all the different shapes and sizes, you’ll also likely to find some MUD too and we all know how much adventurers love mud – make sure you’re kitted out in your Kidunk suits too!

    pumpkins in a pumpkin patch

    Fly Sycamore Helicopters

    Find some sycamore helicopters and throw them up in the air and watch them spin around and land! You’ll find them growing on trees like Field Maple, Ash trees and Sycamore trees in the UK. Why not have a helicopter race and see who’s helicopter is the quickest?

    Children splashing in puddles

    Kids will be kids, whenever, wherever, whatever the weather. Kidunk’s on it. 

    Kidunk is the next generation all-weather kids’ gear with superpower strength and makes life a breeze with these ingenious play pieces.  The brand’s Eco  Trousers have just been voted ‘Best kids waterproof trousers’ by Indy Best in their 2021 reviews of kids waterproof kit.  Head over to the Kidunk website to find out more about this fab brand and remember, we’ve got a pair of these amazing trousers to give away over on Instagram!  You can enter here – best of lolly luck!