AUTUMN MUST-HAVES FOR CHILDREN Leaves, Pinecones & More...

Every parent, teacher, and caregiver knows that autumn is an abundant season for crafts.  A day of treasure hunting outdoors for autumn collages and fun projects followed by toasted marshmallows and hot cocoa makes for a great day! “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ― Henry David Thoreau

Pinecone wreathes, picture frames made out of Popsicle sticks and leaves, pinecones with a drop of red and orange glitter glue on each petal, colorful leaves with painted faces on them, toilet paper rolls adorned with glued autumn leaves and cinnamon, and outlining leaves with fabric paint on t-shirts are just a handful of fun projects for children.

It's that time of year to start collecting autumn must-haves for DIY cozy days:

  • Autumn leaves
  • Glue sticks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glitter glue
  • Pinecones
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Extra t-shirts, washed & cleaned
  • Orange, red, dark green, dark yellow fabric paint
  • Q-Tips
  • Pasta, uncooked
  • Autumn colored felt and pipe cleaners
  • Small baskets for treasure hunting (beach buckets with handles spray-painted fall colors with stenciled leaves make great treasure hunting baskets and are perfect for tiny hands)
  • Sharpie marker to date precious crafts
  • Marshmallows
  • Hot cocoa

Autumn is a beautiful season, and in 2015, the first day is September 23rd.  So why not take advantage of the soon-to-be crispness in the air, pumpkin pies, hearty soups, spiced candles, fires crackling in the fireplace, and most of all, your child’s desire to spend quality time with you.

The latter is priceless!

We appreciate your time and enjoy hearing from you...  what is your favorite autumn craft and/or tradition?

--Debbie Caldwell