** This post was sponsored by Tesco Bank but all ideas and tips are my own**
Autumn is probably one of my favourite times of the year for getting outside and doing things with the kids. The colours outside are so pretty and there’s so much to do this season that’s more fun than at any other time of the year! Obviously, me being me, I try to find things for us to do that aren’t going to cost much, if anything at all, so when the lovely guys from Tesco Bank asked me to share some frugal ideas for Autumn Family Fun, I had plenty! 😉
Here’s a few frugal family fun things that are on our autumn bucket list every year:
We never do anything much with the conkers we collect, other than put them in a bowl to keep the spiders away (which I’m convinced DOES work) but we still have a lot of fun collecting them. We go to the same place every year, usually on a Sunday afternoon after Sunday Dinner and when we get home, it’s become a bit of a tradition to have hot chocolates and spend the night playing board games.
Splashing in puddles
Honestly, you’re never too old to splash in puddles! We don’t just go outside and find a puddle to jump in though, we have a lovely little Priory about twenty minutes away from us which has walls to climb, a tiny stream running through it and a LOT of puddles to splash in. It’s usually deserted in the autumn unless the sun is shining, so more often than not there’s just us and a couple of other people there. If there are no puddles then you’ll have *almost* as much fun running through piles of leaves and kicking them up.
Go on a nature walk
Nature is at its best in the autumn if you ask me, so going for a walk in the woods or down our local nature trail is a great way to spend an hour. When the kids were younger they used to take a carrier bag each with them and fill it with things they loved – pretty leaves on the floor, sticks, feathers and anything else that caught their eye.
Do some nature crafting
When we got home from our nature walk I would lay out their ‘treasures’ on the table to dry out overnight and the next day, we’d do some crafting with them. By crafting I mean that I’d give them some paper and glue and they would generally just stick everything to the paper. You may like to get a bit more artistic than that though. 😉
Get cooking with the kids
With Halloween fast approaching, the opportunities in the kitchen are endless to have some fun with your food. You can make my Halloween themed stuffed peppers for tea one night with the kids or if you’re feeling more ambitious, have a go at making my meringue ghosts. There are so many more ideas on Pinterest too so have a look and see what the kids fancy making!
For more fun ways to spend time with your family, without breaking the bank, check out my latest article over on the Tesco Bank website.
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