I don’t want to brag or anything, but we’re about a week or so away from this:
I love this time of year. I never get tired of watching the leaves turn all these different colors. And the aspens! They’re my favorite.
This time of year is also so much fun with kids. We read books about all the different animals who are getting ready for winter, and all the different trees turning colors or bearing fruit. Now that it’s cooler, we also find ourselves in the kitchen more, doing more baking and cooking now that it’s not so hot. We start drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate and apple cider (okay…actually we never stopped that over the summer. Those are essentials for camping.)
And very soon we will have these lovely fall trees — yellow and red and orange. Even the brown leaves are pretty. The last few years, my daughter and I have been going for a walk (or several!) every fall to gather them up and make autumn suncatchers to hang in the windows.
- leaves, flowers, sticks, or other outdoor treasures
- contact paper
- hole punch
- yarn or string
Cut two pieces of contact paper roughly the size you want your suncatcher to be. Peel the paper off one and place it on a table, sticky side up. Arrange your flowers, leaves, etc on the sticky paper. Peel the paper off the other piece of paper and lay it sticky side down on top of your project. Trim around the edges of your paper.
You could even trim your suncatcher into a fun shape — a circle or a star. Punch a hole in the suncatcher and thread your string through. Tie a loop and hang your suncatcher somewhere that makes you happy!
Then, if you want to admire it for a bit while sipping a cup of hot chocolate…well, we’d be the last people on earth who would judge you for doing that.
This post originally appeared on BabyCenter.com. It is reposted here with permission.