Fall is here and with it comes many changes. The clothes in the closets have to be gone through, sweaters and long sleeve items brought from storage, summer items put away for the winter and of course, the shopping for winter clothes.
In the fall, we love to rake the leaves into large piles and let the kids jump in the piles, squealing with delight when they hear the crunch of the leaves. I like to take the children on walks to look for colorful autumn leaves. We pick out the yellow, orange, and red leaves and use them in arts and crafts. It’s also a chance for me to point out the different types of trees, and teach them about the different seeds that fall from the trees in the fall. Oak trees drop acorns. Maple trees drop these lovely pods. As a child, we used to open them up and put them on our noses. We watch the squirrels collect the seeds to store for the winter. It’s a wonderful educational experience and I revel in the children learning.
In the Fall I like to decorate the outside of the house with a bale of straw, dried colored leaves, winter squash and pumpkins to give the house that fall appearance. I love taking those colorful gourds you see in the store and mix them with mini pumpkins to make a centerpiece for the dining room table. I arrange the squash in a bowl of straw basket and it makes everything look colorful and seasonal.