30 Days of Outdoor Play for Autumn

As the weather gets cooler, it can feel more difficult to get outside for play – that’s why I created this 30 Days of Outdoor Play challenge for Autumn!

During the Autumn months, we might favour cosy days in, snuggling up and watching a movie or swap weekend park dates for indoor pursuits – which we love too, but the truth is, children need to be outside no matter the weather. Not only is it good for their health and overall wellbeing, but it’s fantastic for us too.


a 6 year old girl explores a tree as part of the 30 days of outdoor play challenge

When we think of play, we might typically consider gorgeous play spaces and planned activities – and whilst these are fantastic, nothing truly beats getting outside in the fresh air to play.

That’s why I created a whole mini course on Outdoor play over on my Substack page, ‘How I drink my Coffee Hot’. The 30 Days of Outdoor Play challenge was designed to inspire you to spend just a little more time outdoors each day.

This challenge is available to download for my Substack subscribers. If you haven’t signed up already, I encourage you to do so via the button below so that you don’t miss out on weekly posts and monthly challenges. You can read more about the paid and free subscriber options here.

this image shows a sample of the 30 days of outdoor play challenge with text over the top that says 'join the 30 days of outdoor play challenge' The full challenge is available to view on my substack page

In this 30 Days of Outdoor Play Challenge, you’ll find plenty of simple prompts. They are intended to be used as inspiration and you don’t have to do the prompts in any specific order. You can even repeat some activities or create your own prompts if you’d prefer.


30 Days of Outdoor Play is a great way to start where you’re at!

Most health experts recommend that young children spend an average of 2 hours outside every day. Some even recommend 4! Depending on where you’re at right now, that could either be inspiring or overwhelming. It might even feel straight up impossible and put you off entirely. 
This is why the 30 days of outdoor play challenge contains simple playful prompts that are easy enough to set up.

I am such a big believer in starting where you’re at.

Take a look at how much you’re spending outside right now and aim to extend it. You might choose to build up to longer durations in 10 minute increments or opt to do one extra park visit each week.

Download the 30 Days Outdoors Challenge Guide to help you set your goals and is a great precursor to my mini course on Outdoor play. 


this image shows an orange 'potion' that has been made with kids using natural loose parts. Just visible are the hands of two children reaching for some ingredients to put in the potion


Autumn Blog posts to read next:

You might also enjoy some of our other Autumn posts. Most are suitable for both toddlers and preschoolers:

Autumn Art Ideas for Preschoolers

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Mask

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story basket

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt pre-writing skills  activity 

21 Autumn Ideas for the Entire Family

Autumn Activities for Kids: 25 Playful Prompts

Autumn Loose Parts Play

Autumn Preschool Leaf Cutting Tray

Apple Playdough Activity

Farm Playdough Ideas

Sunflower Sensory Play Activity 

Pumpkin Hammer Art 

Pumpkin Gloop 

Simple Autumn Sensory: Pumpkin soup

You can also search the keyword ‘Autumn’ in the blog search bar for the most up-to-date Autumn blog post listing.


Interested in learning more?

If you enjoyed this 30 Days of Outdoor Play post  and want to learn more about outdoor play and the importance of play in the early years, you might just like my exclusive membership, ‘How I drink my Coffee Hot’ too. The membership costs just $5 per month and you get access to 10 mini courses on a range of topics including sensory play, play spaces and starting school. Here are some membership posts that you might enjoy:

Outdoor Play Mini Course

Sensory Play Mini Course

Starting School Mini Course 

Play Space 101 Mini Course

Toys 101 Mini Course

Sian Thomas
an image of This Playful Home founder, Sian Thomas. The photo includes a photo of her daughter when she was around 18 months old

I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.