The leaves start to fall … but the fun increases! With these games, autumn will be even more colorful and fun. We have collected some ideas for playing outdoors with young and old children.
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Autumn games 5 months and up
The dance of autumn
Take the baby under the armpits and turn him from one side of the garden to the other. Meanwhile, talk or sing a song about autumn. At the end of the dance, sit on the ground and look around. Also to be done indoors when it’s raining outside. At the end of the dance, stand at the window and look out together. (From 5 months)
Discovering the leaves
Walk together in the garden or in a wood, sit on the ground and study the nature around you together: the colored leaf, the branch of the tree, the squirrel that runs away as soon as it sees you. Tell the child what you are seeing.
It’s autumn: 6 outdoor games
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The leaves start to fall … but the fun increases! With these games, autumn will be even more colorful and fun. We have collected some ideas to play …
Autumn games 12 months and up
The garden tour
An activity to do in the garden or in the park, with the baby in your arms or walking together. Start by explaining to the child what you see around: the last roses, the red leaves of the maple, a chestnut on the ground, an apple hanging from a branch. Then, as you are walking back from the walk, repeat the game, but changing the turn!
You will ask: “Where are the last roses?”, “Where is the chestnut on the ground?”, Or “Where is the apple tree?”. What did the child recognize? Are you happy when you recognize a new object? What do you have to explain to him again?
Walking among the leaves
The magic of autumn is unique. Accompany the child in his first discoveries and in his first steps in an inaccurate and disconnected terrain (but what a beautiful challenge!) Like that of a park covered with leaves. Take him by the hand and slowly help him to acquire balance. If he still doesn’t walk, play stand alone. The soft leaves will cushion the falls in a swirl of color.
Autumn games for ages 2 and up
Hide the fruit
Take four or five large leaves, grab them by the stem and wrap them around a stick (or a toothpick).
Also take some seasonal fruit (for example a grape, a chestnut, a persimmon, a kiwi). Place these “leaf hats” on a path, a little distant from each other. Hide a fruit under each “hat”. Now walk with the child, hand in hand, along the path and look for the hidden fruit together. (For 2 years)
Let’s learn the colors
Take a walk in the woods and collect leaves of different colors: green, red, yellow … Back home, take the leaves you have collected and repeat the various colors with the child. Do you remember them all? Which are the hardest to remember?
Hansel and Gretel
A game to play during a walk in the woods or on a path. Before leaving for the walk, fill your child’s pockets with chestnuts. In turn, during the walk, you and he will have to leave the chestnuts on the path, just like in the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. When you return, give the child a bag and have him collect all the chestnuts: are they all still in the same place? How many have you found?
The sensory game with the colors of autumn
Take a rectangular container and fill it, in alternating bands, with objects that recall the autumn colors: red dried beans, lentils, pasta, oats … add plastic caps, spoons (wooden or metal) to begin the exploration.
Autumn games for ages 3 and up
A bed of leaves
Lie down with the children on a soft bed of foliage. Cover them with some leaves and tell them to be silent like “mice”. Nobody can move, no rustling should be heard. Now everyone can only move at one of these commands: raise your right hand, raise your left hand, circle the air with your right foot, raise your left leg. Who makes fewer mistakes?
(For children who are learning to tell right from left)
The autumn scrapbook
During a walk, collect objects that remind you of autumn: a pebble, a chestnut, a particularly beautiful leaf. Put the “booty” in a bag and, once at home, glue it on a cardboard. It will be the scrapbook of this autumn …
The crown of autumn
Collect as many colored leaves as possible. The most beautiful, can be glued on a crown made with cardboard and fixed with tape, to put on the head of the children. For many little kings of autumn.
Autumn games for ages 4 and up
For great researchers
In this game, the more, the better. At the “start” all the players, armed with a bucket (or backpack), search a limited area of the forest (or garden) to look for fruits of the forest. After ten minutes everyone returns to the starting point. Whoever found the most fruit wins.
(From 4 years)
Let’s play with a kite!
Autumn is also synonymous with beautiful, sunny and … breezy days! Choose a particularly windy and beautiful wide place, build a kite together and learn how to fly it!