Falling for Autumn…

Summer is a great time for toddlers, especially one like mine who loves to be outside. We’ve found it easy to fill our days – setting off to the park with a picnic, playing with sand and water, going from one playground to another.

I was wondering what we would do when Autumn came, but it turns out we can combine our old pass-times with new.

Here’s a recipe for an Autumn day of exploring, collecting and crafting.

  1. Take one clear Autumn day.
  2. Put on wellies and a raincoat (mum or dad needs to be as well equipped as their companion).
  3. Set off to the park and start collecting – colourful leaves, sycamore seeds (helicopters to you and me), acorn cups… whatever you can find.

    Leaves gathered... it's time for gluing and sticking.
    Leaves gathered… it’s time for gluing and sticking.

We (I) decided we’d use our leaves to make some squirrels. Or as my toddler inexplicably calls them, ‘frot frots’.

My little one decided her squirrels would look nicer decorated with milk bottle tops (which we'd also been collecting) and glitter.
My little one decided her squirrels would look nicer decorated with milk bottle tops (which we’d also been collecting at home) and glitter.
This is mummy's attempt. Note the carefully placed acorn.
Mummy boringly stuck to leaves, limiting herself to just one milk bottle top.  Note the carefully placed acorn. Yes, that is a squirrel.

Painting, sticking and crafting are relatively new activities for us as my toddler has only recently become willing to sit down for more than a second. And to be totally honest, I’ve been a little fearful of the mess. We started out painting in the garden, but now the weather’s colder, we’ve managed to head indoors without disaster – unless you count glitter everywhere.

Proof that a whole tube of spilt glitter can be transformed into a iridescent butterfly's wing.
Proof that a whole tube of spilt glitter can be transformed into a iridescent butterfly’s wing.
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Author: Aline Reed

I am a freelance copywriter.

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