Saturday, 7 September 2013

Autumn is on the way.....

Much as I love the colours associated with autumn, it marks the end of summer and a step toward winter with dark, chilly evenings and shorter days....not the best for a sun and light lover like me!

But it really is on the way, the trees are just beginning to change and a few leaves have already started to fall, so what better excuse do we need to start some autumn play?

So today I cut out some leaf shapes to make a garland and then cut some extra ones just to play with.  Monty loved when I threw them up in the air and they fluttered down on top of him.  We'll need to try this outdoors soon too with real fallen leaves.

He was really quite taken with the garland when I hung it up and kept looking up at it, so now I'm even starting to get a little excited about what Christmas might bring!  We talked about all the colours of the leaves and sang a little song I used to sing to the children at nursery and then blew the leaves to make them flutter. He loved this and every now and then when he's playing, he has a little look up at them again.  (I'll add the song at the bottom)

As we were talking about the colours we started to look for other things the same colours and soon had a basket full of red, yellow, brown and orange objects.  

He is still too young to sort, but you could try sorting into colour groups with older toddlers. You could also put numbers on the leaves and order them.

If you want to make an autumn garland you will just need some coloured paper, a hole punch and some string.  I punched two holes in each leaf as when the string is threaded through both holes it seems to secure the leaves in place and stops them from slipping down at an angle. 

I folded the paper too just to give the leaves a little dimension - it's also much easier and quicker to cut them out on the fold.

5 little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing about on a tree one day,
The wind came howling through the town,
And one little leaf came a-tumbling down.

Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1 using your hand as a tree and fingers as branches

More autumn activities to come soon!

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