EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
Visit a pumpkin
Our annual pumpkin patch
family outing includes a ride on a hay wagon, picking out the
very best of pumpkins, enjoying a wonderful autumn picnic and
partaking in whatever events are being held at the farm we
Choose pumpkins for decorations or for pies. Many pumpkin patches set up
activities for families. Play fall games, go through a maze, ride on a hay
wagon, drink fresh cider. Put your pumpkins in a wheelbarrow and give the
kids a chance to take a ride in it too. Make some memories.
Float your boat!
Make a boat together. Use newspaper or any kind of paper.
Build it from wood. Make one from a plastic bottle or jug. Create a boat
using aluminum foil. Be imaginative. Float it in a puddle, in a creek,
or in the kitchen sink or bathtub filled with water. Add a toy sailor,
or see how many pennies it will hold before it sinks.
All Saints Day
This is a day to remember and honor your family members
who have passed away. Take time to gather as a family, perhaps in the
evening, and do something to recall special family members. Talk about
the good things they did in their lives and the ways in which they
showed their love for family and for others. Light a candle and pray in
whatever way your family chooses.
Celebrate Family Heroes
Talk with your children about family heroes. Look at
photos of them if you have some available. Watch a parade together and
salute the veterans as they march by or pass by on a float or in a
vehicle. Send a letter to someone who is serving in the military.
FALL TOYS & DECORATIONS
FALL FOOD FUN
JACK-O-LANTERNS CARVING PATTERNS
for Pinecone Owl: Pinecone, jiggle eyes, feathers, pipe
cleaner, piece of yellow construction paper or felt, white
glue, scissors, gloves
the gloves to hold the pokey pinecone. Glue on jiggle eyes and
feather tufts that look like ears. Cut a small triangle with
scissors from yellow construction paper or felt and glue it in
place for a beak. Take a pipe cleaner and bend it to form two
feet. Glue the feet in place. That's all there is to it. Make
a whole family of owls and glue them to a small branch for a
Pumpkin Eggshell Decoration
decoration made by covering eggshell with pieces of tissue
paper, held in place with watered-down white glue.
Make a Scarecrow
Make a scarecrow. Make a full-size one by stuffing a set
of old clothes with crumpled newspapers. Use a long-sleeved shirt and
long pants and safety pin the hand and foot openings closed. Stuff the
hands into work gloves and pin the gloves in place. Do the same with the
bottoms of the pant legs and stuff them into boots. For a head, you can
stuff a brown paper bags or a circle stretchable fabric with newspapers.
Gather the bag or fabric together to form a neck. Paint a face and add
yarn or other material for hair if desired. Safety pin the head into the
neck of the shirt and top it off with an old hat. Your scarecrow can
stand outside with some support from wooden poles or just sit him in a
chair. (It's easier and just as much fun.)
Attend a High School Football Game
Enjoy a local high school football game as a family. Encourage your team by
joining the cheerleaders and making a good noise. Enjoy the halftime show by
the marching band. Have a snack and an evening of fun. (We hope your team wins!)
Fun for Families
AN UN-HALLOWEEN BOOK
A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO AUTUMN
By Kas Winters
Celebrate the First Day of Autumn
Make a list of signs of Autumn and keep it on the refrigerator or someplace
where everyone in the family can add their observations. Look for colors
changing on leaves, days getting shorter, plants going to seed, and other
things that represent autumn where you live. (In Phoenix, most leaves don't
change color until December, so we usually take a ride to northern Arizona
to look at leaves in all their splendor sometime in October.) Make your own
preparations for fall. Stock up on popcorn, spiced apple cider and hot
chocolate for cool weather snacks.
Take a drive to see fall leaves
Leaves in Phoenix don't usually change until about December, so we have to
drive out of town to higher elevations to see the beauty of autumn. Take
some time to enjoy the changing season as a family. Gather leaves and use
them to decorate or for craft activities. Have a picnic. Take photographs.
Celebrate Animals & Pets
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
is a tradition to have a blessing of the animals on the feast of St. Francis
of Assisi because of his great love for all "critters". Treat your pet to a
walk or special dinner. Go to the zoo. Spend time playing with a pet. Go
bird watching with a pair of binoculars and a book to help you identify the
birds that you see. Make a bird feeder. Place it outdoors and fill it with
seeds. (Once you start such a feeding place, it is important to continue
Vote for those candidates you believe will do the best job in office.
Spend time talking politics with your child or children. They hear so
much during political campaigns, and much of it can be confusing to
them, especially in situations where there is mudslinging. Talk about
values, talk about your choices or about how or why you make your
choices. For older children, acquire or make a sample ballot and let them
fill it out after reading and getting information on-line and in the
news about candidates. Let them track the winners and compare the list
of winning candidates with the choices they made.
Put the FUN in Parenting!
Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy
Ideas for Tots through Teens
By Kas Winters