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Autumn treasures

November 21, 2016

20161104_145816.jpgIt’s fair to say my eldest has inherited my love of autumn. I love the colours of the leaves at this time of year, they’re so rich and jewel like. This year feels like the first year the ladybird has really enjoyed autumn. She moved up to the preschool room at nursery in September and seems to be loving it. She’s learning so much (including spanish) and also showing an interest in the season and the celebrations (Halloween, bonfire night and Diwali).

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We’ve been enjoying autumn walks together and often using them to collect “autumn treasure” (leaves, acorns, conkers and pine cones mostly). This hunting for treasure has really helped to make walking more enjoyable for the ladybird. She takes her little bag and once that is full she fills the tiny ladybird’s pram too.20161014_150318.jpg

Once we get home from our walks, we have been exploring our treasures.

We’ve used mirrors.20161007_103917.jpg

And play dough.

We’ve done leaf printing.20161007_122137

And made them sparkly by adding glitter glue.

We also enjoyed a week in the lake district.

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Attended a forest school open day.2016-11-12_04-25-37

We found a really fun play trail and discovered how much the ladybird loves mud kitchens.20161015_115157Halloween was another autumn highlight for the ladybird. Both my girls dressed as pumpkins this year. We went to a Halloween party at my friend’s house which included Halloween themed games and snacks. The ladybird enjoyed it lots. We also went trick or treating and the ladybird was thrilled with her sweet treats.img_20161029_084044

Bonfire night is one of my autumn highlights but with the tiny ladybird being so young we did not go to an organised display this year. We live about a 15 minute walk from a big bonfire and firework display so I knew we would be able to see some from our house or a short walk away. So I took my eldest out around the time of the display. She enjoyed them for a short while and then requested that we go home to bed! She didn’t enjoy all the noise when we took her last year either.

The morning after though she was talking about the fireworks and the pretty patterns (and loud bangs) so we made glittery firework pictures.img_6596

We’ve also read autumn themed books.

And collected autumn fruits and baked sweet treats.

First blackberry and apple crumble of the autumn.

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Now we are almost in December, most of the leaves have fallen and usually wet so our autumn treasure hunts are over. However, I’m now planning a December full of festive fun. I’ll be sharing our week in the lakes on Wednesday and then next week starting my festive posts.

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  1. It looks like you’ve had a very busy half term filled with so much fun and activity. I love that you’ve been exploring outdoors so much, I think nature in Autumn is almost as exciting (if not more exciting) than spring with all the treasures you can discover and create with. The Ladybird looks like she loves going exploring for autumnal treasures. I love all the crafty fun you’ve got up to with The Ladybird too, some fab creations there!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids

  2. I’m with you, i love Autumn.. What a lot of fun activities you’ve done too. My son is still a bit little but I can’t wait to try some nature treasure hunts and things with him! #countrykids

  3. Such a feelgood post 🙂 What a great idea to use mirrors for exploring your nature collection – I love the pram full of treasures! Thanks so much for linking up with #NaturallyCrafty

  4. Autumn Treasures indeed, I love the lovely artwork – such fun ! And you got so many wonderful photos too! That mud kitchen looks amazing! #CountryKids

  5. So much autumn fun! The Halloween costumes were adorable. Love the acorns and pinecones on the mirror. Those blackberries look scrumptious too!

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