Guest Author - Maria Brown
When I woke up a few days ago it was clear that summer was on the way out and fall was on the way in. As autumn is one of my favorite times of the year, I’m so anxious about getting outside and enjoying the new weather. If you feel like me and you are excited about getting out the house to enjoy the weather, here are a few ideas on free things you can do during your travels.
*Visit the local park. Enjoy a walk through the park. Stop and take a few breaths and enjoy the new scenery.
*Create a leaf album. My children and I have done this a few years. We walk through the neighborhood and collect as many different types of leaves as we can find. Then we bring the leaves back and place them in a photo album. (The type of photo album that has the sticky sheets). Then the real fun begins. We use various resources to try to identify all of the leaves that we have collected. We look online and check books in the library. You can even make it a family game where the person who correctly identifies the most leaves wins a prize.
*Speaking of the library…check with your local library to see what upcoming Autumn-themed activities will be offered. Usually you can find a night with fall-themed activities such as book readings, finger painting, coloring and more. The Family Fun nights are almost always offered for free.
*Decorate a pumpkin. It’s always fun to draw on the face, cut out all of the facial features and clean out a pumpkin. For an extra bonus, clean off all of the pumpkin seeds, lightly salt them and then bake them. The finished pumpkin seeds will make a great treat!
*Bake fall-themed goodies. If you do an internet search for fall themed recipes, you will get a great list of sites you can check out. We’ve been known to make creepy cupcakes, a pumpkin shaped cake and more.
*Have a yard clearing party. You can get the whole family involved. Everyone goes outside and make a party out of clearing out any trash in the yard as well as raking leaves. Rake all of the leaves into a big pile and everyone can take turns making “leaf angels”. Have a contest to see who can rake the most leaves.
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