The Golden Season

In this blog, we celebrate the wonders of autumn in the great outdoors! As the leaves change colours and the air turns crisp, we embark on a journey of discovery and growth alongside the children. In this season of transformation, we’ll explore how autumn and its weather changes play a vital role in children’s development. From sensory experiences to learning about life cycles, join us as we delve into the magic of autumn and its impact on young minds. Let’s embrace the beauty of the season and unlock the endless possibilities it holds for our little explorers!

Importance of autumn:

Autumn and its weather changes provide a plethora of benefits for children’s development. Here’s how:

1. Sensory Stimulation: The sights, sounds, smells, and textures of autumn engage children’s senses, fostering sensory development and awareness. From the vibrant colours of falling leaves to the crispness of the air, these experiences help children refine their senses and make meaningful connections with the world around them.

2. Physical Development: Autumn weather encourages physical activity and exploration. Jumping in piles of leaves, running through open spaces, and climbing trees all contribute to the development of gross motor skills, coordination, balance, and strength. These activities promote a healthy lifestyle and enhance physical well-being.
3. Cognitive Growth: The changing seasons provide a natural opportunity for children to observe and make sense of the world. Autumn offers a chance to learn about concepts like weather patterns, life cycles, and seasonal changes. These experiences stimulate curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
4. Emotional Resilience: Autumn teaches children about change and adaptation. Witnessing the transformation of nature and understanding that change is a natural part of life helps children develop emotional resilience and flexibility. They learn to embrace new beginnings and cope with transitions.
5. Connection with Nature: Spending time outdoors during autumn allows children to connect with nature on a deeper level. They discover the beauty and diversity of the natural world, develop a sense of wonder, and cultivate a lifelong appreciation for the environment. This connection fosters environmental consciousness and a desire to protect and care for nature. By embracing the wonders of autumn and its weather changes, children in outdoor nurseries can experience holistic development, nurturing their senses, physical abilities, cognitive skills, emotional well-being, and connection with the natural world.

What we do:

Our outdoor preschool area and forest school have been embracing the change in weather by immersing children in the wonders of autumn. The children have been collecting leaves, conkers, and acorns, creating a treasure trove of natural materials to explore. Through hands-on experiences, they engage in sensory play, observe the different shapes, colours, and textures, and discover the magic of the season. These nature treasures spark curiosity, ignite creativity, and provide endless opportunities for learning and imaginative play.
In conclusion, autumn holds great significance and is a season filled with beauty and meaning. It marks a time of transition and change, as the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, creating a breath-taking display of nature’s artistry. Autumn also brings cooler temperatures, crisp air, and the anticipation of cosy sweaters, warm drinks and a season of harvest. Autumn symbolizes letting go, as trees shed their leaves, reminding us to release what no longer serves us. It’s a time of reflection, gratitude, and preparing for the coming winter.
Jess Snaddon.