The weather is slowly changing here in Tennessee. My most favorite time of year is nearly upon us- Autumn! Maybe it’s because I am a November baby or maybe because I just love beautiful things, but Autumn is the perfect time of year. It’s cool enough to be nice outside, but not freezing (and definitely not sweltering!). The leaves begin to fall, revealing the beauty hidden by the trees. The crunchy leaves, the smell of Autumn, the cooler nights, the open windows . . . it all adds up to the perfect season to me.
My fellow bloggers and I from the Inspired Blogger Network are sharing our favorite things about this perfect season this week. Be sure to check out their posts as well!
For my post today, I want to share a round up of Autumn crafts to complete with your children. I much prefer homemade and handmade decorations to store-bought items.
Preserving Autumn leaves is one of the easiest and prettiest ways to celebrate the season. I’ve never preserved leaves with beeswax, but this method looks simple and beautiful!
I love this Thankfulness Tree from Susan Evans! We’ve done a similar thing, but hung our leaves on the wall. I wish I could find the photos from our wall tree last year. But, alas, in this digital age of photography, I have yet to locate the photos I know reside in my computer’s hard drive, somewhere.
My good friend, Crystal of The Family Homestead, makes a thankful tree for her wall as well, so I’ll share her photo to give you an idea how to make this simple, yet fun craft.
Making your own leaves is a good choice, especially if you live in an area that doesn’t experience the vibrant color of Autumn. (I feel your pain, I lived in SW Florida for 20+ years, missing my beloved season and all its glory) Here’s a neat idea to make Autumn leaves out of sandpaper!
These felt Autumn lanterns look super cute and use items found around the house. We may have to make a few of these ourselves this year. 😉
As homeschoolers, we always have to find an educational angle for all things. 😉 Check out this site for all you ever wanted to know about leaves, from why they change to what they look like under a microscope!
My friend, Cindy, of Our Journey Westward, has some great ideas for a preschool leaf study. Why should I be surprised to find this on her site? She is THE nature study guru!
There are a ton of freebies on the web to help you celebrate Autumn:
Eduplace.com has a free fall theme page filled with activities
Science Made Simple has some information-filled activities about leaves and preparing for winter.
And, last but not least, Spoonful has 38 gorgeous crafts for you to create to celebrate this time of year!
I hope you find some fun things to do with your children as you celebrate this, my favorite time of year. Which season is your favorite?
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