There's something about the crisp air of fall that makes us all want to get out and enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives. If you live in the northern parts of the United States, the crunch of colorful leaves and the changing hues of the trees might inspire you to create a fall collage with your little ones. Or perhaps you live in a warmer climate, where more subtle changes in the weather will encourage you to try a new project. These projects are for grandparents and their much-loved grandchildren no matter where you live.
*Leaf Mobile. Try taking a walk with a brown paper bag, and collecting the prettiest dry leaves you can find. When you get home, you can sandwich each between two pieces of wax paper, seal with a warm iron, and string with fishing line. These lines can be hung from a coat hanger, embroidery hoop. Or you might tape each wax-paper leaf to a low window for your little ones to enjoy.
*A Minty Mug. Here's a twist on the swizzle stick! When you get back from tromping around outdoors, try popping a peppermint or cinnamon stick into a cup of warm cocoa for a unique treat. Your little ones will love stirring their cocoa with their flavorful stick!
*What's Missing? This is a wonderful game for grandchildren ages two to five, and you can easily adapt it to a fall theme. Arrange some items you associate with fall — small, colorful gourds and pumpkins; leaves; acorns; corn husks; you name it! — on a blanket. Talk about each one, being sure to leave it in the same position on the blanket. Then cover the display with another blanket, have your little people cover their eyes, and sneakily take away something from under the top blanket and hide it behind your back. When it's time to look again, your little ones will delight in guessing what's missing!
*Pumpkin Seed Prints. This is a fun one for older preschoolers and school-aged grandchildren. Arrange and glue dried pumpkin seeds to a stiff piece of paper (a shirt cardboard works well). Paint with temperas and lay another piece of paper over the top to make a print!