October activities for kids

Do you love autumn? I think it is a great season for having seasonal fun with kids both indoors and outdoors. I love all the autumn colours, the opportunities for playing and crafting with nature such as conkers and pine cones and the weather is still perfect for spending time outdoors. Who doesn’t love a crisp autumnal day in the woods? Of course, there is also Halloween to look forward to this month which inspires me to create simple (none scary) activities for young children. Bonfire night may be technically in November but since it is so early in November, you will no doubt find us doing firework inspired activities later in the month.

Below are some of my posts that are most relevant for October. I have lots of content that I am hoping to get out this month so keep popping back for more seasonal activities to do with your kids. Better yet scroll to the bottom and join me for my weekly bonus email full of seasonal content straight to your inbox or how about joining my facebook group Nurture Nature Kid’s – let’s play outside. We’re building a lovely group of parents who enjoy spending time outdoors with kids and love to share inspiration with each other.

October outdoor kid’s activity inspiration

October can be another busy month in the garden. You might have pumpkins that are ready to harvest and there is so much fun you can have with pumpkins and children. Other jobs will include clearing away weeds and plants that have finished producing this year and plant a green manure in any empty beds. If you also grow flowers then you can start planting flowering bulbs for the spring. It might even be time to start planning what you will grow next year. What worked well for you this year? what would you like to try growing next year?

Here is a really useful resource, a gardening calendar with what to plant and harvest each month and it even has different colours for southern or northern (UK) gardeners – available here.

I have a few blog posts that you might find useful.




October is another great month for getting outside with kids. This might be as simple as going on a family walk (and I have lots of tips for keeping kids happy on a walk), collecting conkers or going on days out.


October on the bookshelves

I love reading seasonal books with my children.  I share my favourite autumn books for kids in this post and some gorgeous none scary Halloween books for kids in these two posts below. So if you’re looking for inspiration then click the image below.



Halloween children's books

October ideas for creating and playing


There are lots of opportunities for craft and play in autumn. I’ve got some posts this month coming up filled with inspiration for you. In the meantime, these posts from last year may be useful.


Halloween sensory bin

Autumn process art activity for toddlers

Autumn activities for toddlers


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October activities for kids including outdoor activities, sensory play, learning through play, arts and crafts as well as what books to read


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