It is a quiet morning at the Lee place. While sipping on my tea I hear the rain dripping off the metal roof, see the leaves blowing off the trees and feel the cool breeze blowing through the open windows. Fall is here.
Life seems to get busier in the fall. Extra curricular activities are in full swing, holidays are swiftly approaching, and the daunting task of switching seasonal clothes awaits. Take a deep breath, slow down and smell the beautiful fall air. Look into the eyes of those curious children and take time to fill your fall with memories.
Some of our favorite fall memory makers include:
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Get outside. Take a hike with your family. You can hike around your neighborhood, a local park, or a hiking trail. Grab your camera because beautiful photo opportunities are sure to present themselves.
Fall Collection Collage
You can combine this memory maker with your hike or simply take a walk around the house, gathering fall items from nature. After you have gathered your collection, invite your child to help you sort the items or make a beautiful collage.
One way to teach your little one patience is by planting bulbs around your home. After a long winter, this memory maker produces a great surprise for both child and parent.
Picnic and Books
Fall is the perfect time for a picnic! Taking along some of your child’s favorite books is sure to make this a memory making lunch!
I am not sure there is anything better than watching children play in a leaf pile. When your child least expects it, jump in and join the fun! After the fun, it is common courtesy to rake the leaves back into a pile, especially if the pile belongs to your neighbor.
The Lee and Richards family have made great memories camping together. We suggest taking along plenty of activity boxes (play dough, shaving cream, painting supplies) for your preschoolers. Grab some friends, tents, blankets and s’mores supplies today!
Pumpkin carving is a sensory experience and memory maker all in one. I love the squeals of the children as they begin grabbing the guts out of their pumpkin. Make sure to save the seeds for roasting!
Apples, Apples, Apples
I love Georgia apples in the fall. We make apple crisp, homemade apple sauce, and apple cinnamon muffins every year. Cooking with your child makes memories, teaches math, and is a necessary life skill.
Painting the Fall
Most craft stores offer coupons on a regular basis. Grab one of those coupons and pick up a paint canvas for your young learner (grab one for yourself while you are at it). Using beautiful fall colors, invite your child to “paint the fall”. Allowing them to paint the world as they see it creates memories and builds critical thinking skills.
Sharing moments of thankfulness is a tradition for many around the Thanksgiving Holiday. A thankful tree provides the opportunity to share your thankfulness the month leading up to this special holiday. Simply paint a tree trunk with washable tempera on a window in your home. Allow your child to create beautiful leaves for the tree by painting them or cutting them out of construction paper. Each night, share your thankful thoughts for the day, writing them on the leaf and adding them to the tree. What a wonderful memory maker and tradition for your children to pass on.
We would love to see photos of your memory making fall. You can post them on our Facebook page, The Homegrown Preschooler or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be giving away a prize to the best Fall photo on December 1, 2014.
Kathy and Lesli