The breezes taste – Of apple peel. The air is full, of smells to feel. Ripe fruit, old footballs, burning brush, new books, erasers, chalk, and such… – (John Updike, from September)
September has always felt like a transitional month. On the one hand you want to throw yourself into autumn crafts but on the other you want to head straight to the park to catch those last warm days of the year. To get everyone in the mood for autumn, we’ve rounded up 10 things to try this September!
1. Embrace The Showers
Whilst we love all of the autumn hues, cool breezes and excuse to drink pumpkin spice lattes – the reality of autumn is that it rains, a lot! This year we’re determined to embrace the showers and have fun in the puddles. We’ve invested in decent rainwear essentials for the kids and new welly boots (a bargain from Mothercare).
Pic via GOSOAKY
3. First & Last Day of School Questionnaire
An easy keepsake & free printable from Modern Parents Messy Kids! “No taking pictures and printing them out, no props needed. Just get your kiddo to fill it out, file it away or stick it in an album, and bring it back out at the end of the year.”
4. Create a Cosy Den
We love creating cosy nooks like this one in our home. Simply gather some pillows, blankets and your favourite books and toys. Keep it simple by throwing some sheets over chairs or go for one of these simple cardboard playhouses (there’s even an igloo one!) You could also try our simple DIY Teepee.
5. Invite Woodland Elves & Fairies To Visit
Next time you’re in the park, collect some woodland objects to create your very own mini fairy garden. How sweet is this one made in a little painted tea cup, perfect for Ben & Holly!
For little Star Wars fans, this early pumpkin craft is perfect for transitioning into autumn.
We all go a bit pumpkin mad in autumn, this play dough is super easy to make and dye free!
Go camping with the kids the easy way with this fun cut + paste Camping Craft that you can make with your little one. It also features clipart for you to download and print out at home.
9. Roald Dahl Day
Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on 13 September each year and lots of schools and nurseries use it as a great excuse to get the kids dressed up as some of his brilliant characters. We love this DIY Fantastic Mr Fox made from an old cereal box!
10. Harvest Festival – Donate To Your Local Food Bank
Harvest Festival is marked in churches during September or early October. Here in the UK, it involves traditions such as singing hymns and decorating with ‘the fruits of the land’. However, more recently it has become custom for baskets of food, both fresh and tinned, to be distributed to elderly or poorer members of the community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach the kids about giving back.