Multi-sensory autumn activities
October 4, 2017

Autumn is a wonderful season for the senses – from the smell of rain-wet mud, to the crunch of leaves underfoot and feel and sound of the rain, there’s really no better time to enjoy the great outdoors.

To make the most of autumn with your children, we have a few ideas to encourage young VI explorers to head outside and get creative.

Leaf prints

First collect freshly fallen leaves. Then squeeze out a few autumnal coloured paints such as yellow, orange and brown. Gently brush the paint on the leaves, press the leaves onto paper and lift off to make leaf print patterns.

Colourful leaf prints

Autumn collage

Make a tactile collage or object box by collecting fallen leaves, sticks, conkers, acorns and pumpkin seeds, and gluing them onto coloured paper or into a shoebox.

Songs and poems

Come up with autumn-inspired songs and poems. Start by taking a walk in the woods, nearby field or park and make a note of sounds, smells and textures. Introduce instruments like triangles, tambourines or drums to make the song or poem come to life!

Bobbing apples

A traditional Halloween game, bobbing apples is a great activity that sighted and non-sighted children can enjoy together. Simply fill a washing-up bowl or bucket with water and plop in some apples. The aim is to take out as many apples as possible in one minute by biting into them!

Apples in water

3D animal footprints

Borrow our topical book, ‘British Wildlife – A Walk in the Countryside‘ and you’ll receive a free footprint tactile that you can use to make 3D footprints. Click here for our guide to this fun activity that’s perfect for learning about the outdoors on a rainy day!

A collage of pictures showing a library member using our tactile of animal paw prints to make their own versions using play dough

If you’ve tried any of these activities at home or school, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you! Tweet us @LivingPaintings or send an email to

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