Monday, 29 September 2014

Autumn has arrived

The Autumnal Equinox has since passed, summer no longer with us.  The nights are fair drawing in.  It is my favourite time of the year - beautiful smells, colours, feeling of coziness and getting the warmer jumpers back on.  The cooler weather makes for great days out, be it puddle jumping or kicking through piles of leaves. Walks to the park or local woods always means coming home with pockets full of conkers, pretty leaves and strange and wonderfully shaped twigs. Its the time of apples and pears and plums. Time for crumbles and stews. It is a truly heartwarming time of year.
Last year we decided to set up a nature table for Kiddo. Autumn seemed like the perfect time to start. We collected a variety of leaves, brought them home and painted them, making imprints with the different shapes and colours. I cut out some 'leaf-shaped' felt shapes and we scattered them over our table in amongst pine cones, conkers and berries.
Last years table at Halloween

This years table has moved from the livingroom into Kiddo's bedroom.  Today we cleared away the summer collection and made a table cover in autumn colours, dedicated the blackboard to the season and spread out some of the leaves Kiddo has started collecting already - 3 leaves a conker and 1 feather... we brought out the paintings from last year and scattered those too.  This time, I finished my craft project from last year, and actually stitched the felt leaves into a garland! The original idea came from Cherry Menlove's blog - her original blog post can be found here.

Tomorrow we are heading out to the woods to collect items for the table, and this year we are going to identify the different leaves and twigs. We tried bark rubbing last year, which he wasn't really into, but going to give it a go again. I loved making bark rubbing drawing and pictures when I was small.

I will post more pictures as we update our table during the season.


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