We’re loving October, but the funny weather doesn’t help with the school run does it? It’s getting colder, wetter, slipperier and windier (basically add an ‘er’ on the end of it at your there!). Which can be a tad off putting, especially for the morning walks to school. As October is international walk to school month, it can’t help to have a few fun tricks up your sleeve to get everyone moving. Here are my 8 ways to make walking to school more fun in October.
I know this sounds obvious, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to let this one slide. Lightweight raincoats are super easy to wear and to stash in a school bag when not being used. But. They definitely don’t’ keep you warm walking to and from school as it gets chillier. And, it often does get chillier all of a sudden doesn’t it? If yours are anything like mine, the protests will be there to switch the lightweight raincoat out of their school wardrobe. However, there’s nothing stopping you from adding a more substantial and suitable coat IN. So, when they open the front door and freeze ever so slightly before making it onto the front step, you can be there to whip away the raincoat and offer a winter warmer to keep them happy for the walk to school.
On a dull rainy day, nothing puts a smile on my face more than seeing someone with a beautiful, strikingly bright umbrella. The funkier the design, the better I say! Try ditching the hoods and instead surprise everyone with a brightly coloured umbrella of their own for the rainy days. Think character prints, patterns and rainbow colours! Yes, it may increase the chances of accidentally poking a stranger on the school run, but it’s totally worth the risk.
Fed up of being ‘shouty mum’ screaming ‘watch the blooming puddles’ at the top of your voice to and from school? Simple. Get wellies. Most schools don’t mind littles wearing wellies to school and storing them in the cloakroom. I wouldn’t ever encourage full-out puddle jumping on the way to school, but it takes the worry out of them being in wet shoes all day after an accidental ‘opps – was that a puddle?’ moment. As for puddle jumping after school… now that’s a whole different ball game and something to look forward to. Enjoy!
Create your own autumn bingo cards to tick off on the walk to or from school. For older children, you could add in simple prizes for the winners such as choosing the weekend family movie, or deciding what the next baking project could be.
Even if you don’t have anything in mind for them, collecting conkers is still so much fun isn’t it! Bring little bags with you so the little ones can fill till their hearts content. If you head straight off to work after morning drop off, this ones a better activity for home time, or you’ll end up carting conkers about with you all day.
Little ones love to collect ‘stuff’ from the floor don’t they! A stick will be stickman and a leaf could be ‘leafy’… the possibilities are endless. There are so many craft projects out there that do involve natures treasures, so how about making a point of deliberately collecting a whole heap of leaves and sticks on the walk to or from school. When you all get back, they can help you lay everything out to air-dry ready for some after school fun.
As Halloween draws nearer, little ones can keep a close eye out for all those spooktacular dressed houses on the walk to and from school. Look out of pumpkins, twinkly lights and ghost bunting. If you feel inspired, you could follow suit with an after school Halloween decorations make-fest.
Setting a challenge is always a sure-fire way of getting little ones to forget that they are actually on their way to school. Walking. Make sure the gloves are on and set a challenge of finding and collecting as many leaves in as many different colours as possible. Bag the finds up, and continue later for the walk home if they still fancy it. Leave the leaf finds out to dry after school. Then, pass the paper and glue and get them to make a leaf rainbow. Winner is the one with the most different colours!