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What to do this Autumn

Melissa Scott

Autumn is here, the mornings are crisp and the colourful leaves are falling from the trees – perfect for stomping and kicking around in.

As the days feel shorter it’s lovely to get outside when you can and our autumn inspired shoes are all fully stocked and ready to feel those crunchy leaves.

If you’re stuck for ideas why not give your little ones the freedom to explore and do a nature scavenger hunt.  Take a bag, basket or bucket to keep all your treasure in. Help your little ones explore around and see how many nature goodies they can collect, conkers, acorns, pinecones, leaves etc. Fun that the whole family can take part in.

With some of the leaves you’ve collected you could have a family leaf race! When you’re back at home, blow the leaves across a table and the first one to the end is the winner! Or play some maths inspired games with all those conkers you couldn’t bare to leave behind. Weighing and counting are great games for older ones or just simply transferring from one container to the next are all games that help with early years development.

Autumn also means some rainy cooler days that just call for staying indoors and keeping cosy.

Why not put on a pair of our comfy slippers and do some fun activities indoors like making some simple autumn play dough which can be made so easily and is a great activity to keep kids busy. There are lots of things you can do with play dough that extends beyond simply rolling it out and cutting out shapes. Adding things like scissors, straws, cupcake cases and muffin tins to the play dough table can totally change the way kids play with it.

They can snip the straws and put it into the play dough to make monsters or hedgehogs. Cupcake cases and muffin trays, means they start to make play dough cakes and cookies. Dinosaurs, animals and cars can all be added to make tracks and marks in the rolled-out play dough. The ability to roll it all up and start again is great. Just mix together the ingredients below and knead until it’s smooth.



– 2 cups plain flour
– 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
– ½ cup of salt
– 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
– 1 cup boiling water (may need a little more)
– Food colouring 
– 2tbps of mixed spice to give it that lovely wintery smell.


Exploring and getting messy is what your little one’s love doing best and the beauty of autumn is the perfect way to get the whole family involved.

Dotty Fish Soft Leather Baby and Toddler Shoes - Crafts with ToddlersIf you dare, let them get really messy and get the paints out! They will love feeling the texture of getting their hands covered in paint, so why not make a lovely hand print autumn tree to give as a gift to grandparents or paint the fir cones that you may have found on your scavenger hunt. You can also turn an apple cut in half into a pumpkin stamp perfect for autumn themed crafts. Why not follow us on Pinterest for lots more autumn craft ideas?

Happy Exploring,

The Dotty Fish Team

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