Fond Fall Memories
When I was a kid one of my favorite activities was to go into the woods with my mama and gma to go pick mushrooms and collect leaves. I loved it all; the crisp weather, the seemingly extra blue skies, the color of the fall. I could collect things for hours and often, I did just that. With my pockets full of pine cones and acorns and my fists an autumn rainbow of leaves I excitedly hurried home to arrange a fall scene of my own.
Now, in my 30 something with my own little girl I am excited as ever to relive those days. Though my baby girl is too little to do any collecting of her own, I am thrilled to continue the tradition and help her create her first memories of this magical time of year where the trees area golden and auburn hues, the weather is perfect for hoodies, and the air is filled with intoxicating burning wood warming up our homes.
What makes it incredibly interesting is that there are no rules but one – if it catches your eye, bring it home and make it last. I am obsessed with the color of the leaves this time of year as well as the diverse and plentiful tidbits that make fall so special. So, let the fun and bonding begin (and never end)!
Get Out There and Start the Hunt
So, join in the fun! Find a park or trail near by (you can even do this in your own backyard!), grab the kiddos, and off you go!
For the trip you’ll need:
- Warm clothes so you can spend as long as you want in the great outdoors and not freeze your little behinds off
- A basket, shoe box, or bucket to collect things into so you don’t have to carry them or worry about leaving anything behind
- A snack and drink in case you need a boost of energy.
So, once we get out there we’re on the look out for anything fun:
- Colorful leaves
- Pine cones
- Pretty catkins
- Furry beach nuts
- Bright rowan berries
- Field maple seeds
- Ash keys
- Alder cones
- Sycamore helicopters
- Larch cones
After the Hunt
Once you’ve collected your treasures the fun isn’t over! There are endless ways to use your newly found autumn wonders. Simply plugging fall activities for kids into a search engine is sure to bring up hundreds (or even thousands) of results that are sure to provide some fun times but I thought I’d share the stuff of my childhood. Here is what Mama Bee and Little Bean are planning:
Press leaves. If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of leaves. Their colors and shapes are often breathtaking and makes me wish I could keep them forever. And I used to, too! By pressing your leaves you’ll ensure that they stay intact and as beautiful as the day you found them. To press your leaves just place a leaf between two sheets of paper (we use old newspaper to keep with the planet preservation) and put something heavy on top. Personally, I use two books. Once your leaves are pressed and dried (a week or two should do the trick) they are ready for arts and crafts, a display, or anything else you can come up with.
Shoe box display. This is one of my favorites and it really gets the imagination juices flowing. Lay out all of your gathered items and start decorating. You can go abstract or create a story. Make a scene from your favorite book or movie, recreate a favorite memory, or make your own story. Whatever you do, be creative and simply have fun!
Trace and color the leaves. This one is fun and easy. Take your favorite leaves and lay them onto a sheet of paper. Then, grab markers, crayons or even paint and replicate the leaf colors. You can also create a new color scheme for the leaf (see how many different ideas you can come up for leaf colors).
Make characters. This one works great if you’ve taken the time to collect acorns and other things besides leaves (though I am sure you can find a way to make little people or animals out of leaves too – I can think of a few ways as I write this). Use acorns or alder cones for bodies, twigs for arms or legs, berries for eyes or buttons, sycamore helicopters for hair or crowns. Listen to me, telling you how to be creative. I am sure you don’t need me to tell you the details. It’s way more fun to see what you can create on your own. There are no rules here, just have fun. See if you can come up with spooky characters for the coming Halloween!
String it up. To revisit the memory of your outing again and again, grab a string up your collection in a decorative manner and decorate your home with it for the fall.
Vase display. Gather your leaves, twigs and pine cones and arrange them into a center piece for Thanksgiving (or just as a beautiful decoration for your home). It’ll be great telling relatives of your day at the park collecting all things fall and creating memories to last a lifetime.
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