Amazing Autumn


As I was driving down the road earlier this week I was literally amazed at the colorful landscape that was before me.  Suddenly the green and brown oak and maple trees seemed to leap out of the ground as their foliage turned into bright reds, yellows, and oranges.  It was as if overnight, God had taken his paintbrush and repainted our world!  I had such an ecstatic feeling welling up inside of me, as I gasped at the beauty of God’s magnificent plan of the changing of seasons.  I reminded myself of all of the attributes of the season of autumn that are so enchanting to me, such as the crisp air, the harvest season, hayrides, apple pie, sweater weather,  gathering nuts, a time of gratitude and thanksgiving, building fires in the fireplace, apple cider, and I could ramble on and on.

When I was teaching, fall was the busiest season for teachers.  It was the first quarter when first and second grade teachers were occupied getting to know their students.  The teachers spent a large portion of time assessing the students in reading and math.  Then came report cards and conferences all in the first quarter.  Being a type A personality, I would spend hours preparing and working with my students, and I would miss out on the beauty of the season of autumn.  By the time I would leave from work it would be evening.  Now that I am retired, I am thankful that I have the time to enjoy this spectacular season, that for so many years I was unable to fully savor.

Therefore, it is my desire to give my readers some ideas for Fall activities with your families.  I have found a wealth of information from my ever-ready favorite resource: Pinterest.  So, hold on to your hat, and let’s get going!

In the blogThe Better Mom, the author, Angela Richter has written a post entitled, “20 Fun Family Fall Activities”.  She lists the following as her ideas of fun activities:

  1. Go to a corn maze.
  2. Have a bonfire.
  3. Go on a hayride.
  4. Take a fall drive.
  5. Curl up with a great book.
  6. Do a fun fall craft.
  7. Make caramel apples.
  8. Visit a pumpkin patch.
  9. Have a fall picnic.
  10. Carve pumpkins together.
  11. Have fun with the leaves.
  12. Have a movie night.
  13. Prepare a crock pot recipe.
  14. Visit a farm.
  15. Take a fall photo together.
  16. Make S’mores.
  17. Visit an orchard and pick apples.
  18. Make a Thankful Tree.
  19. Start a Gratitude Journal.
  20. Go to a Fall Festival.

The blog, Graceful Little Honey Bee, written by S. Borisov has a post  entitled “35 Fun Fall Activities For Kids”.  She has included on what she calls “Her Family Bucket List” some other activities that were not listed above.  They are:

  1. Make apple butter.
  2. Make homemade apple pie.
  3. Go hiking.
  4. Go horseback riding.
  5. Go camping.
  6. Make pumpkin muffins.
  7. Roast hot dogs.
  8. Roast marshmallows.
  9. Collect leaves.
  10. Make a handprint tree.
  11. Eat candy corn.
  12. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  13. Go tailgating.
  14. Collect acorns.
  15. Make a paper spider.
  16. Read fall-themed books.
  17. Go star-gazing with a blanket.
  18. Watch football.
  19. Make homemade bread.
  20. Play flag football.
  21. Go on a nature walk.
  22. Make homemade pumpkin puree.
  23. Toast pumpkin seeds
  24. Paint pumpkins.
  25. Help decorate for the fall.

I know that when I was a young girl I loved to collect leaves and figure out what kind of leaf that each one that I discovered was.  I remember my mom helping me iron each individual leaf between 2 pieces of waxed paper to seal it and then I put each leaf in a booklet, where I labeled the leaves.  Of course, the opaque waxed paper prevented me from really seeing the beauty of the leaf.  I did the same with my sons and we made leaf books.  It was a delightful activity that my sons enjoyed.

Trish Sutton, on her website, trishsutton.com, has created a Nature Scavenger Hunt that would provide an exciting afternoon outside for your family.  I have the printable to go along with her scavenger hunt at the end of this post.

I located another scavenger hunt on the blog, Growing Hands-on Kids.  This scavenger hunt is entitled a “Fall Senses Scavenger Hunt”.   For this hunt the kids are using their senses to find different items.  The children will look for certain items, touch and feel particular things, listen for crunching leaves, a crackling fire, and so on.  Then the children will taste apple cider, fresh apples, and smell pine needles,  and apple cider.  Finally they will move through nature by jumping over a log, running and jumping in a pile of leaves, and so forth.  This specific hunt is done indoors and outdoors.  It will take a longer period of time and provide an afternoon of delight.  I have the printable to go along with this hunt at the end of my post, as well.

Autumn, a wondrous season, filled with God’s brilliant handiwork, that can be visibly seen throughout the panoramic scenery all around us.   We cannot help but be thankful for a God who provides for His children.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15

Here are some resources for your Fun Fall Activities:

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Fall Senses Scavenger Hunt

Easy Fall Crafts

In the palm of His hand,

Debra Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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