An A-Z of Fun & Frugal Autumn Activities

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I can’t quite believe that summer’s almost over! The kids are back at school, the days are getting shorter and standing in the park isn’t quite as much fun as it was when the sun was shining down and it was a bit warmer, although it doesn’t stop them begging to go, every, single, day.

So I’ve turned to some other bloggers for some inspiration for budget friendly autumn fun, and here’s what they’ve come up with – An A – Z of free and cheap activities to keep us busy this autumn!

26 Fun & Frugal Autumn Activities for Families

A is for Autumn Treasure Collecting. Take your little ones exploring with a list of Autumn treasures to collect.Going out looking for acorns, different coloured leaves, pine cones and conkers!

 Bonus: Here’s 5 things to do with those conkers you just found!

Travelling With Boys

B is for Blackberry picking. Once you’ve collected your blackberries you can use them for extra fun baking. Crumbles or muffins are great for using up blackberries, or you could even make blackberry play dough!blackberries

See this post for top tips for blackberry picking.

C is for Cosy Movies. Duvet on the sofa and a good family film! For those chilly Autumn days what could be better? Don’t forget the popcorn!

Rebecca, Coastal Mummy


D is for Digging and Daffodil Planting. Best planted in September so that they can grow in spring!

Jo, A Rose Tinted World


E is for Evening Stargazing. Pop some warm waterproof clothes on and go out in the garden to lay down and look at the stars.star gazing

The Incidental Parent


F is for Foraging for fruit and nuts. Make like a squirrel and see what you can find!

Lisa, The Family Ticket


G is for Geocaching. A free treasure hunt wherever you are in the world!



H is for Hot Chocolate and marshmallows. Preferably after a morning spent outside!hot chocolate

See, Stay, Explore


I is for Indoor Picnics. If the weather is a bit grim then why not put down a picnic rug indoors and get out the plastic crockery. Sit in a circle and have a family picnic. The kids will think it’s such a giggle!



J is for Jumping in Muddy Puddles. Peppa Pig fan or not, this one is always a hit with the kids!welly boots splashing in puddle

Typical Mummy



K is for Kite Flying. Breezy days are a great excuse to pop to park or beach and get your kites up.


L is for Leaves. Kicking them, crafting with them and rolling all over them!children collecting leaves



M is for Making. Why not use all those leaves to make some leaf sun catchers with sticky back plastic? 

Midwife and Life


N is for Nature Walks. Go on a nature walk with a checklist and find as many things on the list as possible eg conkers, acorns etc.mum and two children walking through woods

AnkleBiters Adventures



O is for Orange Pumpkins.Carve a face into an orange instead of waiting around for pumpkins. They smell a lot better too!

Coffee and Cwtches


P is for Pinecones. Collecting pine cones and using them for autumn crafts.pinecones

Boo Roo and Tigger Too


Q is for Quietly Watch Nature (When you need a rest from all your other adventures!)

The Incidental Parent


R is for Roasting Marshmallows. The best Autumn Fun!roasting marshmallows



S is for Sensory Play. Check out these fun autumn sensory activities!


T is for Tree Climbing. No explanations needed!red trainers and legs climbing tree

Christmas Magic and Markets


U is for Underground. When the weather is bad go underground.


V is for Visit a Pumpkin Patch.sisters sitting on pumpkins

The Mini Malpi



W is for Walks. Early morning walks in the woods when it’s cold enough to see your breath and the steam rising from mounds of earth. The light coming through the trees has an ethereal quality at this time so we hunt for fairies!

Refined Prose


X is for Xtra (😅) toppings on your hot chocolates.

Saving Moving Mummy


Y is for Yellow leaves. Girl lying in yellow leavesOr red, green, brown – we’re not fussy! Why not scoop some up to try leaf printing with this tutorial from Growing Family?


Z is for Zone Out (and breathe in the autumn air/star gaze/take in the beautiful colours of autumn).

Mummy Wishes


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