I love Autumn, and this years has been glorious so far, the perfect combination of colourful leaves to crunch through and summery weather to enjoy it in. We have taken strolls through the park and down by the river, hunting out berries of different colours and blowing dandelion clocks.
It is still warm enough for hill rolling and football and playing in the park. Jumpers are quickly shed, and ice creams are still being enjoyed.
And of course the colours of Autumn are simply spectacular.
Syd loves to collect treasures while we are out and about, and my pockets are crammed with conkers, pine cones and special leaves.
I am hopeless at coming up with ideas as to how we could incorporate some of his treasures into craft activities at home, but thankfully I know some bloggers who are far better at that stuff than me, and here are some of their brilliant suggestions for activities using autumnal bits and bobs to create brilliant things with your kids. Better than leaving them rotting in your pockets like I usually do – mulch anyone?!
Missie Lizzie from Me and My Shadow shared these adorable Beech Nut Hedgehogs and Kids Chaos also shows us how to make a hedgehog, this time from pine cones. The Fairy and the Frog used pine cones to gorgeous effect for an imaginative Fairy Forest, and Romanian Mum continued on a similar vein with her painted pine cones.
Here Come The Girls shared a simple but effective leaf threading craft, and I love the easy pine cone bird feeder from Baby Budgeting – lovely way to attract wild life into your back garden. Red Ted Art is a brilliant website for craft ideas for kids, and there are loads of suggestions for things to do with conkers, leaves and pine cones. I am totally in love with these conker animals :-
If you are looking for something a little more grown up, Domestic Goddesque shares a gorgeous pine cone door hanging which would add a lovely seasonal touch to any home and shows us how to make a beautiful Autumn nature wreath. Staying with wreaths, Penny from A Residence Blog made a fabulous conker wreath which has the added bonus of keeping away spiders and moths – perfect for this arachnaphobic! Another idea for the home comes from Me and My Shadow, who made stylish natural photo holders from pine cones. And definitely one for the grown ups, Aly from Bug, Bird and Bee has a delicious sounding bramble brandy recipe for those of you who have been foraging the delicious fruits that can be found everywhere at the moment.
Am so inspired by all the amazing things these awesome bloggers have created from the simple things nature supplies in abundance this season, am totally going to do some of them, right after this cup of coffee…..
Love Miss Cisco XXX