Staying Active in the Autumn
October 22, 2019
You may have already gone on one of the classic fall adventures this season such as apple picking, hiking, strolling through a pumpkin patch, or running in a corn maze. These are all great activities in a season full of them! Did you know that just 15-30 minutes of movement outdoors or indoors during this beautiful autumn season benefits both you and your child and helps them to develop their physical literacy?
Physical literacy gives children the skills, confidence, and love of movement that helps them maintain a healthy, active lifestyle into adulthood. We can help our children develop physical literacy by giving them opportunities to master the basics—such as walking, running, jumping, hopping, dodging, and balancing—and modelling an active lifestyle.
We’ve talked about indoor activities that help develop physical literacy. Here are some ways you can incorporate physical literacy in your outdoor play this fall using found objects!
Make small piles of leaves and run around them in different ways by dodging side to side. You could create a game of tag or even a maze of leaves to challenge children’s minds and make physical literacy fun.
Acorns and Pinecones
Have an acorn Olympics! Use buckets, containers, hoops and ropes to make challenging places to throw them into. Try catching them using a scoop or bucket. Children can also walk or run while balancing an acorn on a spoon.
For the final event, set up acorns at the end of a room or end of a driveway, with at least one acorn for every child. On your mark, get set and go! Children get their acorns and return to the start. Try this activity at a run, hopping one foot, or walking backwards!
Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year. Children can jump over a mini pumpkin or hop around a large one. Walking while carrying pumpkins of different weights, sizes, and shapes will challenge them to think about different ways to move.
Draw pumpkins on the driveway with chalk and hop from one to another or balance walk around the edges!
Branches and Twigs
Hold a branch in the air and let your child crawl under it, walk under it, and step over it. Then, let them hold it up for you too!