Do you bring things home from the woods? Not squirels or foxes obviously (though I am tempted) but little things. Acorns. Leaves. Pine cones. I don’t think I’ve ever made it home without a pocket full of treasures that we’ve found. To be honest, I came home laden with stuff just after a visit to our local park today, turns out I’m a bit of a magpie for autumnal goodies. What do you do with these goodies though? No matter if you’ve been picking up bits from your wanders or have been on a full blown scavenger hunt it seems wrong to just chuck them out. Well you make this autumnal scavenger playdough of course! Sounds simple? Oh yes, but I had to eventually physically remove my kids from it, such was it’s popularity here.
Autumn and Halloween
Do you love Halloween? I do, but to be honest I’m not keen on the super scary stuff, apart from anything else, with two small people in tow I don’t want to deal with any nightmares! I do like the excuse for dressing up and having fun though and I see no reason why Halloween can’t be a fun and friendly celebration too! These cute pumpkin crafts should all help make your Halloween a bit sweeter, and if you’re looking for something even more child friendly or suitable for Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival celebrations there are a few with ‘scary’ faces where you could always leave the faces off? (I think they’re pretty sweet though?! What do you think?)
So I told myself I wsn’t going to blog any Halloween crafts yet but when I told my son about my idea for this cute ghost footprint keepsake he wanted to make it right that very minute, so I figured hey, if it’s not too early for him it’s not too early for here either? I have to admit that I rather love Halloween crafts, as I kid I never celebrated Halloween but now I have kids of my own? Love it. It’s an excuse for dressing up, sweets and fun craft ideas and that’s good enough for me!
Can I officially do my Autumn dance yet? I’m no fan of the colder weather but I love the excuse for big cardigans, wrapping up warm and watching the leaves change colour. One of our favourite things to do as a family in autumn is to go to a local fruit farm and pick apples. I like to use this as an excuse to do some crafting with my children afterwards so I thought I’d put together this little round up of some of my favourite apple crafts for kids, I hope you like them too!
So after we went on our trip to the orchard last week we got pretty busy with apple crafts! You might have already seen the apple shaker we made but we also made these paper plate apples. Rather than just get the paints out I thought it might be a good idea to try a torn paper apple craft instead, firstly because tearing paper is really good for fine motor skills, but also because I think it can get a bit boring always doing everything the same way. For me as well as the kids! I really loved the way my son chose to decorate his which I’ll share with you further down!