Britain celebrated the start of autumn on Monday 22nd September and we can’t wait to hear the crunch of leaves under our feet and watch the trees turn to bright, vibrant colours as we head further into autumn over the coming weeks.
As summertime comes to an end and the air starts getting crisper and cooler, there’s no doubt that many of us will be putting our flip flops away and digging out our winter woollies. But snuggling back into our thick jumpers and cosy socks aren’t the only reasons why we’re looking forward to autumn, here’s a few more to help you fall in love with ‘Fall’.
Leaves and Conkers
Trees might look prettier in bloom, but they’re a lot more fun come autumn! When their golden leaves fall to the ground, ready to be kicked…plus children love playing the game Conkers! Did you know the game is also known as ‘Kingers’ in some parts of the world? It’s also good luck to say “oddly, oddly, onker, my first conker” when you see your first conker of the season, as this will bring you good luck!
The great outdoors are awash with beautiful oranges, yellows and red colours at this time of year, making a perfect landscape to paint. Put on your coat and wellies, grab your most colourful art set and head outside for your very own watercolour challenge. You can even incorporate natural materials found outside into your painting; fur cones, conkers and crisp leaves are great for decorating or for adding texture to a painting.
After a day spent running around in the crisp autumn air it’s time to warm your cockles with a big mug of hot chocolate! Heat up those pink rosy cheeks with a mug filled with warm chocolate milk with a handful of marshmallows melting on top. Why not try spicing up your recipe by adding a pinch of cinnamon, hazelnut or even peppermint to create new flavours?
At the end of October we will be celebrating Halloween! Traditionally on 31st October children from around the world dress up as scary zombies, witches, ghosts and monsters to go out trick or treating; knocking on neighbours doors asking for sweets. The costumes can be as wild and wacky as you like, so get creative and make your own Halloween masks!