Today we’ve got some new Autumn Crafts for you to do.. perfect for these lovely sunny autumn days we’re currently having. Don’t you just love autumn?
Autumn Autumn walks
We started our week with an autumn walk, not only to collect autumn leaves and other treasures but also to get outside in the fresh air and have a run around. It’ll be good to collect some resources for the upcoming Autumn Crafts we’ve got to share with you.
The classic autumn activity- I say this as I remember doing leaf rubbings as a child. All you need is a selection of leaves, wax crayons and some paper. Place the leaf underneath the paper and rub the wax crayon across the leaf. You’ll be left with an imprint of the beautiful veins and lots to talk about with children.
Here’s one I made earlier…
Nature gives us some wonderful gifts at this time of year.. think leaves, acorns, conkers (if you can still find any)! Etc etc. We collected handfuls of leaves to make our autumn crafts.
Our leaves turned into a natural counting resource as the little boy I look after started counting them of his own accord. I’d also bought a packet of pretty autumn leaves from The Works, and he ended up sorting these into their particular colours. (You can see them on the right hand side of the above photo).
To make these bird feeders, you will need:
- 1 orange / cookie cutters
- A mixture of seeds – we used pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. (100g of each). You could always buy a bird seed mix.
- Lard (100g)
- Extra bits: Large knife, string, scissors, baking tray, a straw, saucepan to melt the lard, bowl for seeds, scales.
- Cut the orange in half across ways. Scoop out the insides. (Feed them to the children)!
- Weigh out ingredients – this not children can help with, plus mixing the seeds together. (Quite therapeutic to be honest).I read up that a ratio of 2 parts seeds: 1 part lard.
- Melt the lard in the saucepan and then add to the seeds. Combine well. Fill the orange halves with the seed mix and then refrigerate. Once the lard has set hang outside and watch the birds flock.