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Simple autumn crafts for children

18 Oct

We love the autumn in our house! We love walking in the woods looking for pine cones, acorns and chestnuts, kicking up the leaves or even taking them home in a bucket! The children love nothing more than running around trailing some kind of stick or branch behind them or playing ‘going on a bear hunt’.

This time of year also inspires me to get crafty with them and we’ve loved getting stuck into some real autumnal activities in the last month.  Here is a little round-up of our favourites.

Apple printing

Great fun for all children aged around 18 months upwards.  Just use any kind of poster paint, cut the apples in half and put both paint and apples on a plate.  If you stick little toddler forks into the apples, this acts as a useful handle to help them dip the apples into the paint.

Thomas loved being able to ACTUALLY paint the apples!

Leaf suncatchers

We have some lovely coloured leaves in the garden, especially the ones on our grapevine.  I thought it would be nice to do something that would make the most of these beautiful colours.  I took some laminate sheets and opened these up for the children. We had a nice collection of leaves that we had gathered in the garden and I put these on the table for the children to choose from.

Lily makes her own arrangement

When they had finished their arrangement of leaves I then sealed the laminate paper by putting a tea-towel over it and ironing it.  This worked pretty well but I’m sure it would look better if you used a laminating machine.

Here are the finished masterpieces!

Woodland Creatures

When you’re next out and about, take a bucket for your little one and encourage them to collect interesting things from their walk, such as acorns, seed cases etc.  When you get home use some air dry clay or play dough to turn your collection into a family of woodland creatures!

Lily's woodland creatures

And the family is complete!

Leaf printing

Another easy activity for young children.  Give them some paint, paintbrushes and leaves and let their imagination run wild! Lily used some red paint to colour her leaves, pressed them onto the paper and then turned the leaf prints into butterflies.

Beautiful Butterflies - by Lily

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Apple pressing, cakes and campfires

9 Oct
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Today we went to a fundraiser for Diptford school in Devon.  It was advertised as an apple pressing day and we went along to try to make use of our huge apple crop.  We only have 3 trees but they seem to have done really well this year.  We bagged them all up and loaded them in the boot until the back of the car was looking dangerously close to the ground!

The amount of apples that people brought along was astounding.  There were boxes, crates, trugs and pallets literally brimming with them.  They had hired an industrial press and a pulper (I think that’s what it’s called?) and it wasn’t long before we were thrown in at the deep end, washing the apples, throwing them in the pulper and passing them along the production line to the men handling the press. The end product was the most delicious apple juice I have ever tasted.  Lily and Thomas could not get enough of it.

It was great fun to make the juice and the children enjoyed getting stuck in too.  There was plenty of other stuff to do, there was apple printing on tea shirts or bags, home-made cakes and soup to keep the energy up.  We sat around a campfire toasting marshmallows and baking apple bread and spent hours exploring the school playgrounds which were lovely.

I’m sure the day will have raised some much needed funds for the school but for me the success was in the huge numbers of families that came along to support the school.  You don’t see this kind of community spirit very often and it was really wonderful. Thank you Diptford school, we will see you next year!