With the rush of back to school and jolting back into ‘routine’ I always think it’s nice to plan to squeeze a little feel good time into September, so that it’s not all school and homework focused after the lovely long lazy summer.
So… here’s 30 ways to have a totally feel good September.
1. go fly a kite
Make the most of the still light evenings and head off to the park or local hills and fly a kite. If you’ve not got a kite, here’s a quick and easy kite tutorial for kids.
2. Friday night treats
Celebrate the start of the weekend with Friday night treats, maybe cook a favourite dinner, or whip up a chocolate dip platter, try our delicious Mars Bar Dip.
3. TV night
Snuggle up on the sofa with the kids and watch X Factor, they love it!
4. Get outdoors for a walk
Head off to the local woods for an early autumn walk, you might even find some early conkers.
5. Plan some fun
Sit down with the kids and make an autumn bucket list, find out what things they fancy doing… remember it’s not all about spending money, there’s loads of things to do for free.
6. Back to school celebration dinner
Treat the kids to there favourite take-away to celebrate the whole back to school thing.
7. Girly spa night
Treat yourself to a gorgeous long, relaxing, deep bubble bath. Warm fluffy towels and deliciously scented moisturiser or foot lotion. Maybe throw on a face pack.
8. Read a good book
Pick out some good books, maybe visit the library and squeeze in time to snuggle up in a chair and read. If you’ve got younger kids let them choose a great story book for you to read to them and make reading time a little part of each day.
9. Blackberry picking
Head on out and pick blackberries and make something delicious with your foraged fruits. If you’re new to blackberry picking, here’s our simple guide.
10. visit the park
Whether it’s after school or at the weekend, take a visit to your local park or play area and let the kids burn off some energy.
11. cook up a proper family Sunday dinner
Spend time as a family and cook up a real traditional Sunday roast. We’ve got a lazy recipe for slow cooker brisket that’s perfect for a laid back Sunday.
12. catch falling leaves
Get outdoors into the garden or visit the local park or woodland and catch the leaves as they fall from the trees. And for every leaf you catch make a wish.
13. have a bonfire
Have a mini bonfire in the garden or sit outside around the wood burner, take out some hot chocolate and toast marshmallows in the flames.
14. have autumn dinner outdoors
Cook up some bangers and mash, serve them in bowls with gravy and take them outdoors and make the most of the last of the light evenings. Kids love eating dinner outdoors.
15. make some autumn art
Help the kids to gather together some autumn nature finds and create some natural art work.
16. make autumn apple drinks
Simmer up a pan of warming, gently spiced apple drinks. Infuse the apple juice with citrus peel and cinnamon.
17. visit the seaside
Spend a day at the seaside, paddle in the sea, build sandcastles and munch fish n chips.
18. make a harvest basket
Try to visit a harvest festival or celebration, if there’s none nearby to you, maybe put together a harvest basket for the local food bank.
19. make leaf bowl
Use your autumn leaf collection to make a beautiful leaf bowl – get the full instructions from Thinly Spread.
20. make toffee apples
Nothing says autumn quite like deliciously red toffee apples and we’ve a really simple toffee apple recipe.
21. maize maze
Visit a local maize maze and have some fun with the kids.
22. play conkers
Hunt for conkers and then string them and have a conker fight. We used to love to do this as kids.
23. autumn nature trail
Get out and about with the kids on an autumn nature trail, look out for conkers, acorns, beech nuts, pine cones, beautiful autumn coloured leaves and autumn wildlife. Maybe take a picnic or flasks of hot chocolate and some brownies.
24. climb a hill and watch the sunset
It just feels so good to do this and best of all, it’s free!
25. star gazing
If you’ve got a telescope then get out into the garden with the kids and spend time looking at the stars or catching a glimpse of a planet. No telescope, no problem, just wrap up warm, maybe snuggle up on the trampoline or in an empty paddling pool with sleeping bags and quilts, lie back and watch the stars.
26. autumn gardening
Spend time outdoors in the garden, tidying away the summer and getting the garden ready for autumn.
27. make a home for nature
We love the RSPB website, you tap in your postcode and it gives nature activity suggestions for your area, things they know will work well with the nature where you live. It’s a great project for kids to get involved in. We can’t wait to build our hedgehog hotel!
28. make autumn crumble
Cook up a delicious apple and blackberry autumn crumble and eat with delicious creamy custard.
29. autumn picnic
Spend a weekend lunch out and about and take a lovely autumnal picnic with you, maybe some cheese, crusty bread, juicy ripe tomatoes, apples and plums. Go for an autumn walk and find a good spot to sit with lunch.
30. plant wildflowers
Plant up a wildflower area in your garden, maybe along a back fence or a quite little corner. Any space you can give over to wildflowers is great for bees and if you scatter the seeds now they’ll grow next year in time for spring and summer.