Free things to do with kids

What a beautiful time of year it is – we’re just entering autumn here in Chicago and it’s making me think of fun autumn crafts. Isaac isn’t old enough yet but I thought I’d share my ideas:

Nature Walk

Take a nature walk with your kids and pick up some leaves and pine cones. Then come back home and make some goodies! You could even do this as a hunt and give them a list of things to find like:
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Stone
  • Feather
  • Acorn
  • Pine cone
Baked apples

4 apples, washed and cored
4 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup water
1/2 stick butter

  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Grease an 8″ cake pan with the butter and place apples in pan.
  • Cut the butter into 4 and put one piece in each apple.
  • Mix water, sugar and cinnamon in bowl and then pour over apples.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
Crayon Leaf Rubbing

Place a leaf under a blank sheet of paper and rub a crayon over the top. Use lots of different colours and overlap the leaves to create great autumn art!

Playdough art

2 cups of water
1 cup of flour

  • Mix together well. You can put dry Kool-Aid or Jell-O in the mix if you want coloured dough.
Rock Bugs

Tacky glue
Small twigs, blades of grass, and pine needles (for the legs and antennae)
Leaves in different shapes, colors, and sizes (optional, for the wings)
Flower petals (optional, for the wings)
  • First, build a body from the pebbles. For example, make a dragonfly by gluing a small rock (the head) on top of a long skinny rock (the body). Or glue three small pebbles end to end to make an ant.
  • Add appendages by putting a drop of glue on the end of each leg, then pressing it to the rock. Finally, glue on wings and antennae.

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