September 23, 2018
Today it is officially AUTUMN!
Autumn is the season for knitted sweaters, scarves, and thick socks in boots. And of course, a knitted bobble hat. But not only is Autumn great for fashion, it is also a time of year full of great facts and fun for children.
8 Facts about Autumn:
- In North America, Autumn is known as the fall and many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween during the Autumn season.
- Autumn is mostly known for the change in leaves and the shedding of these leaves from trees.
- In ancient times, autumn was one of the most important periods of the year as many cultures/individuals practiced rituals and offerings to their gods and goddesses so that they would have a successful harvest to feed them through winter.
- There is less sunlight in Autumn because the days are shorter.
- The Autumn season starts on the 23rd September and ends on the 21st December!! Only 4 days before Christmas!!
- Autumn nights are great for stargazing as the skies are much clearer.
- In the U.S. Monarch butterflies are the only insect to migrate to a warmer country during the colder season.
- Common Autumn harvests are pumpkins, corn and apples.
REMEMBER in October there is a half term,which means a week of entertaining the children.
Family days out, arts and crafts and activities to celebrate Autumn and keep the children entertained:
- Pumpkin Picking and Carving: whether its finding your pumpkin in your local supermarket or taking a day out to go to your local farm, finding the perfect pumpkin and spending time decorating and carving it is a great way to pass the time. A great activity to do as a family! You can even make a pumpkin family 😉
- At the Science Museum in London, 7-11 year old’s can experience a sleepover of a life time. With hands-on experiments, watching different shows and sleeping among the exhibits. As well as breakfast and a movie in their iMAX theatre the next morning to finish the experience. Running on October 7th and November 11th– get booking!
- In Kent, at Leeds Castle, spend the day watching different birds of prey soaring through the air. Great day enjoying the crisp air and watching some of the most incredible birds take to the sky.
- Lewes Bonfire night on November 4th. A procession through Town, lighting of 6 or more bonfires all over the town, as well as a firework extravaganza!
- Days out in a maze, no better way to enjoy the changing season and the growth in crops that adventuring round (and getting lost) in cornfields.
- When staying at home, use fallen leaves to create fantastic images and paintings. Whether its painting leaves and creating prints or making leaves look even more beautiful by adding glitter and using them as decorations.
- Re-create a childhood favourite using chestnuts to play conkers. Hours of entertainment and you can re-live your childhood. As well as this, you can decorate them to again make decorations.
- Finally, trick or treating! This tradition is big in America, but it is great to do in the UK too. Dress up and enjoy the American tradition. Fun to do with a group of friends or as a family 😊
Posted by Charlotte Hudson, PA to the Director | Filed Under Activities for Children, Arts and Crafts, Events for Families