We went on one of my favorite fall outings today! Armed with a great book, some craft supplies, and a pile of snacks, we headed up the canyon near our house to explore fall in one of its best displays!
After throwing rocks and leaves in the river for a while (an activity you simply can’t skip over with my boys) we gathered with some friends to read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. I really enjoy sharing this book with children! The illustrations are all made up of photocopied leaves. It’s a fantastic creative collage approach that really gets kids thinking outside of the box. After the story, we went for a little hike to gather some of our favorite leaves and bring them back to our picnic spot to create our own leaf pictures.
Using black cardstock as a background, similar to the dark background in the book, the children arranged their collections of leaves. Some made people, others created monsters, while some simply arranged their colorful collections. Once they were all in place, we sealed them down with a layer of contact paper. The black background really makes those fall colors pop! And as long as the leaves are dry, the contact paper seals them in, preserving them for years! (You can read more about what I wrote on this activity here. Apologies for the sub-par photo!)
And of course, we had to cap the activity off with some fall treats! There are some snacks I just have to make every time the fall season rolls around, and gingersnaps are one of them! Try a batch for yourself (the recipe’s at the bottom), and serve them up with some apple cider. If you could taste fall, it would taste like this!
What are your favorite fall treats?
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup molasses
1 1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cloves
3 tsp. ginger
3 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. soda
6 cups flour
Mix the sugar, eggs, molasses, and oil. Then add in the salt, soda, and spices and mix well. (Or for you Martha Stewarts out there, go ahead and sift the salt, soda, and spices with your flour. I’m just not that ambitious!) Gradually add the flour and mix until a consistent dough forms. Form into balls and roll in sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a glass. Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen large cookies.
Top photo by silgluck.