It’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 the 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).
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.
Once we get home from our walks, we have been exploring our treasures.
We’ve used mirrors.
And play dough.
We’ve done leaf printing.
And made them sparkly by adding glitter glue.
We also enjoyed a week in the lake district.
Attended a forest school open day.
We found a really fun play trail and discovered how much the ladybird loves mud kitchens.Halloween 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.
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.
We’ve also read autumn-themed books.
And collected autumn fruits and baked sweet treats.
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.