Autumn treasures

Autumn treasures

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 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.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.



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. Kat
    November 21, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Wow beautiful photos, it looks and sounds like you’ve had an awesome autumn! #MarvMondays

  2. November 21, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Autumn is my favourite season too. I love all the activities you did. Those blackberries looked scrummy.

  3. November 24, 2016 / 9:49 am

    Looks like you’ve had a fab Autumn! Love the idea of forest school #MarvMondays

  4. November 26, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    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

  5. November 26, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    It looks as though you’ve had a lot of lovely Autumnal fun. We too have seasonal books, but I think the little canvas bookcase is a fantastic idea, thanks for sharing. #CountryKids

  6. November 26, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Lots of lovely Autumnal fun – we love collecting autumn treasures as well – I’m always a bit sad when it tuns to winter! #countrykids

  7. November 26, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Autumn is great, it looks like yours was loads of fun 🙂 #MarvMondays

  8. November 26, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    We had a similar foraging Autumn too! Bought back loads of natural treasure! Great piccys and love the artwork you have created xx #CountryKids

  9. babybudgeting
    November 27, 2016 / 6:51 am

    Love this post SO much thankyou for linking to #naturallycrafty

  10. November 27, 2016 / 9:06 am

    So many Lake District posts on Country Kids this week. I really need to visit! And that crumble looks amazing – yum!

  11. November 27, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had an awesome autumn! Lots of lovely activities, and great photos too! #countrykids

  12. twotinyhands
    November 29, 2016 / 8:37 am

    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

  13. November 29, 2016 / 11:46 am

    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

  14. November 29, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Looks like you had lots of fun… I love autumn Coming over from #CountryKids 🙂

  15. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    November 29, 2016 / 8:14 pm

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

  16. December 2, 2016 / 12:11 am

    Wonderful outdoor adventures – the mud kitchen looks amazing! I found your post in a linky at #naturallycrafty – glad you shared!

  17. nourishingmyscholar
    December 4, 2016 / 12:27 am

    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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