Monday, September 19, 2011

Celebrate Autumn and a Giveaway!

With the Autumnal Equinox only a few days away, I thought it would be nice to focus this week's Mothering Challenge on finding ways to celebrate autumn with the kids.

We are planning a backyard camp-out to welcome Friday's first day of autumn, including pumpkin-carving, storytelling and drawing, and eating a yummy harvest meal followed by roasted S'mores.

Share your ideas for celebrating autumn with your family by posting in the comments section and gain a chance to win one of my favorite Fall children's books, We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season, by Wendy Pfeffer.

I will be giving away TWO books, so submit your comment by Friday to be eligible for the giveaway. (Make sure your comment gets posted, as sometimes Blogger's comment submission form can be finicky!)

11 comments:

  1. The girls (7 and 5) searched pinterest for some great autumn crafts and snacks and outside "challenges" - they picked out the ones they want to do - I made some suggestions, but mostly followed their lead - and we plan on doing a few each week through the season. Its our favorite!

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  2. We'll be celebrating by decorating our house with fall themed goodies. And, I love your idea of a campfire outside with s'mores - we just built a fire pit, this would be a perfect occasion to break it in!

    emily@naptimeismytime.com

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  3. We have set up bird feeders in our front and back yard and have watched the birds and chipmunks munching away. We woke up to find an empty feeder and an overturned plant and assume a raccoon had a midnight snack! As a craft we are going to make pinecone bird feeders. Over the last few weeks when we are out walking we have collected pinecones. Our next step is to smooth peanut butter on them and coat them in birdseed. Then we will hang them outside and see which outdoor creatures gets to them first!

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  4. We've been reading books about Fall and doing some crafts around falling leaves, and pinecones, and acorns. This looks like a nice book!

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  5. We did a backyard camp-out too! The girls slept like logs all night in the tent, so why did I wake up every twenty minutes just to check they were warm enough...?! :) They loved it, though. My older daughter (3) turned over in the middle of the night, woke up just enough to realize where she was, and went back to sleep with a delighted grin on her face :)

    The baby is crazy about birds, so we're going to put some home-made feeders up. Gradually, between now and Thanksgiving, we're also going to collect pretty leaves as we spot them, press them, mod-podge them, write things we're thankful for on them, and hang them on a branch indoors.

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  6. We are going to be doing lots of baking! Corn muffins, pumpkin bread, apple pies-- yum!

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  7. These are such great comments and ideas for celebrating the onset of Fall! Keep the comments coming and TWO winners will be announced on Friday! -Kerry

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  8. We like to start making hearty soups once the cool weather comes. We also keep a nature table with beautiful fall leaves.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. We would always go for hikes in the Arboretum to see the leaves and seeds, shapes and colors. After spending the month collecting a good variety of them (on neighborhood walks, not the Arboretum), we'd throw an art party with our friends where the leaves and seeds would be be part of a g paper/glue creation. Depending on the age, the results could be quite simple or elaborate, but all were pretty. Then, of course, we'd end with autumn treats, like soup and bread, hot spiced cider, and spice cake!

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  10. We love to collect leaves and make Elf king/queen crowns with them. My daughter collects acorns, and we turn them into necklaces and acorn fairies. We love to decorate our nature table for Autumn using natural materials...pressed leaves, acorns, pinecones and even monarch chrysalis while we wait for the butterflies to emerge. thanks for the chance!
    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  11. Love your blog! And this looks like a great book. We are going apple picking this weekend and I hope to also visit a corn maze this fall-- and maybe take a hayride or two. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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