Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn!
This Friday as the leaves started to slowly drift down from the tree branches, we sat under our oak tree at Everwild and read one of my favourite books, Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, by Kenard Pak. Reading stories together is something we do every week, and from ages 1 – 5 our seasonally themed nature stories are absolutely loved!
The earlier we start teaching children about the natural world, the less anxious they will be.
N A T U R E C R O W N S
These Nature Crowns are so easy to make, in the past we have stapled big leaves to a cardboard strip, however, since then I have found a much simpler way to make them and so much easier for little willing hands.
To make your Nature Crown you can stick a strip of double sided tape along a strip of cardboard that is long enough to make into a crown. Collect as many nature items that you can find and add them to your crown! Voila! A crown for any season!
A U T U M N T E A L I G H T J A R S
There’s nothing better than embracing all seasons! Usually my dining room window sill is full of jars that have had autumn leaves glued onto them. We pop a little tea light candle in them and celebrate Autumn – even all the way through winter.
A U T U M N S E N S O R Y T A B L E S
It doesn’t take much effort to create an autumn sensory table. At Everwild we have used uncooked pasta, and my favourite – sensory rice. I usually throw a few drops of food colouring and essential oils into a bag of rice, swish it around and allow it to dry. Add a few autumnal pieces, I got these mini pumpkins online, but I think I prefer the real deal – little wildlings like to pop things in their mouths and I’d much prefer it to be a real pumpkin than a plastic one! A few scoops and a few mini pots and pans or bowls – and you’ve got an engaged wildling!
The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight, the water mirrors a still sky.
THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE BY WB YEATS.