Fall Harvest with the Kids: Celebrating Autumn

This time of year is full of activity; share the festive treasures with your children.

The leaves are bursting into flames with the dry cooling breezes of fall, the days grow shorter, and school is in full swing. The hustle is on to pack as much productivity into the end of the year for busy professionals, and the holidays promise more rewards.

It’s easy to get swept up in the action but something to remember: this is the time of year for most of our existence that we raked in the harvest together, that the fields go to seed, and the bumper crop of autumn veggies and fruits would be packed, canned, stored, and sold in preparation for winter. And while we have our own version of the end-of-the-year scurry, we should also cling to the togetherness aspect of the season. To invite this essential passage, here are a few ways to celebrate fall with your family.

  1. Go to the farm. Many local farms have days when they invite folks to come join in the yield of apples, pumpkins, and pears, and that’s only the beginning! This teamwork-style event gets kids so pumped up, you won’t believe it. Sometimes, there is even a hayride in it for everyone.
  1. Make a pie from scratch. It sounds elaborate, but it’s really not that big a deal to bake a sweet potato or pumpkin pie, and blend it with the filling ingredients, rather than using a can. The smell that comes out of the oven will make it worth the effort and it’s the sort of dessert that kids love to make and eat.
  1. Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. Mexican culture holds the belief that the afterlife and real life occupy the same space – that those who die are actually still with us. To remember the dead on November 1st, they dress in skeletal, elaborate costumes and party! You can double down on your Halloween crafts by creating some Day of the Dead figurines or wall art. Want some visuals? Check out some beautiful folk art here: http://coasthwytraders.com/tag/dia-de-los-muertos/.
  1. Make a family tree. Here’s another great way to remember family: build a family tree and let the kids write the names of their relatives on real leaves. We really love white board film that goes directly on the wall, and you can fix the leaves to the board with Scotch tape. Don’t forget to take photos and send it to the grandparents!
  1. Have a bonfire. Before you do, make sure it’s burn season in your neighborhood, which usually comes right after a good rain. Rake up the leaves, keep the hose handy, and go over fire safety with the kids. There is nothing more tantalizing than an open fire and a mug of hot cocoa.

The Autumnal Equinox marks the turn of the year, when day and night align in another ticking off of time. It’s a time to pause and light some candles, notice where you are, and send some wishes out for what you want. The kids will look back on these little moments with big fondness and hand down these kinds of activities to their own children. It’s this participation on the specialness of the season that family time is really about.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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