On the eve of Fall, I am feeling the energy inside me turn from summer beach nights to warm and cozy. You can see it in the kids too. They begin the process of preparing for Winter, even foraging and storing things up like the animals in the forest. It’s fun to see the collections they come up with this time of year – from fantastically colored leaves to seed pods, dried flowers and dead bugs.
Quiet morning walks with the wee ones or an hour’s worth of after-school adventure with the bigger kids mean they get a bit of extra exercise and sunshine before the rain sets in and they can explore the trails, making some amazing discoveries.
We hit The Filberg, Croteau Beach, The Lazo Marsh, Seal Bay and other easygoing trails. Here are some examples of collections that can be displayed in canning jars, made into crafts or other projects or just admired as a part of the harvest season.
Maple leaves are always fun to collect and make cool things out of.
Rocks are always one of our favorite things to collect, sort, label and save
Acorn tops are plentiful and fun because you can make so many things with them including little felt acorns.
Get ready for Fall to set in as well. Check out one of our favorite lists: 10 Ways to Enjoy A Rainy Day Outside
Then, make some cool things from all of the stuff you collected like moss, rose hips and ferns. Check out our tutorial for Food Jar Terrariums.
Also, here’s a fun tutorial on collecting and making bird feeders for your backyard buddies who are stocking up for Winter too.