Monday, October 27, 2014

five of my favorite festive family things to do in the fall

Was that enough alliteration for you? ... because that's all I've got. 
Here's my list! Maybe it will inspire you to make one or two happen for your family this year. 
Nothing tricky, just good/simple/cheap fun you can have without leaving the house. 

1. Rake the Leaves
The kids accomplished three wonderful things here- helped get our yard cleaned up, used teamwork, and burned up some energy. All good stuff.

2. Drink hot apple cider and snack on cookies.
We love Moods because it's the best, but your apple cider preferences are your business. No judgement.

3. Hang wax-paper leaf garland
I saw these on Pinterest (do you follow me on Pinterest yet?) and gave them a shot at our preschool co-op one week. They were so much easier than I thought! Seriously, it took like ten minutes. Just fold a nice long sheet of wax paper in half and lay leaves on one side of the fold. Close up the paper where it was folded and run a very hot iron over it very quickly. This will seal the paper together. I cut the wax paper after it was finished to give it more of a banner look.

4. Make Crayon Leaf "Drawings"
The kids loved that this project was one they could do all by themselves. Because that's what toddlers really want, right? Place a leaf under a sheet of paper and rub a crayon over top.

5. Bake Pumpkin Pie Granola
This makes your house smell the best ever. It's my regular crunchy granola recipe (here) but instead of cinnamon substitute 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin seeds. So good with yogurt for breakfast, or by itself.

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