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Sing an Autumn Song - activities for the season

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These colder Autumn days can make it feel like the better option to stay at home and hibernate with your little one. Getting out in the fresh air can be not only exhilarating and fun, but also good for your soul and educational for your child.

The smell of a wood-burner, the smooth touch of a shiny conker in its spiny case, the rustling sound of the brightly-coloured falling leaves, the pitter-patter, splish, splash, splosh of the falling rain and the sweet taste of a well-deserved post- walk hot chocolate will only delight all the senses.

Get creative and make it entertaining and memorable. Sing an Autumn song - make one up if you are stumped. (“Incey Wincey” gets a lot of air-time in our classes at this time of year), talk to your child and point out the beauty all around - a glistening spider’s web, frost on the lawn, a busy squirrel collecting nuts all ready for hibernation. The vocabulary around a theme is even more linguistically rewarding and meaningful as a book when little ones can see it for themselves “ for real life” (to coin a common phrase from an early years’ child). Hunt for Autumn treasures on your nature trail.

Allow walkers to don their wellies and waterproofs and splash in the puddles- there is nothing more fun. If it is dry, collect Autumn leaves to take home, paint and make leaf prints with. You could throw the leaves in the air with a “whoosh” and watch them flutter down to the ground. ( be careful what you find underneath though- this resulted in a nasty surprise for me once!- luckily we had the wipes to hand)

Take advantage of the beauty that each season brings!

 

Helen Simmons, Mum of 3 boys and Director of Caterpillar Music.

 

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