It’s Not All Mary Poppins


It’s here. Fall. Not just because we’ve passed that day on the calendar, but because it’s HERE. The mornings are crisp, the days notaby shorter, the leaves are turning.

Why can’t spring do that? The First Day of Spring appears on the calendar, and outside? Snow up the wazoo, icy winds, sub-zero temperatures. It’s sheerest cruelty, tantalizing us with something that won’t arrive for another full month.

Fall, however, comes right on schedule.

Good thing I like the season. (All but that “harbinger of winter” part.) So out we go to find —“Colour! Look Mary, colour!” — the bright leaves that are beginning to speckle the sidewalks. We bring them home in bags, we bring them home on belts.

Our theme these days? Fall, of course. Mostly the falling leaves. We’re focussing on fall colours: red, orange, yellow, and brown.

The week we coloured leaves, which we added to our tree:


Next week we’ll sponge-paint leaves, in two ways. They’ll sponge on pre-cut leaf shapes, which will be added to our tree, and they’ll also sponge through a template onto a full-size sheet of paper, to make artwork to take home.

The week after? Those shaved-crayon projects I like to do, only leaves this time. Won’t they look nice hanging in a window?

Yesterday, a chill and rainy day and needing some rowdy indoor play, we played squirrels. A dozen blocks become ‘nuts’, and the children the squirrels. While they hide their eyes and DON’T PEEK — “I said ‘no peeking, you!’ ” — Mary ‘hides’ the blocks.

This block is hidden.

This block is hidden.

Then they run to find them so as to put them someplace safe to eat later. Just like real squirrels.

I may rue the fading of the light, but it sure does give us a lot of activity ideas!

September 25, 2009 - Posted by | Canada, crafts, daycare, Ottawa, outings | , , , ,


  1. Well, it is 84 steamy degrees outside in Atlanta right now, so personally, I’m not sure about the “fall” label. The “spring” one comes too late too, as we’re well into warm weather by then. I’d help you find clients if you wanted to move here! (On the other hand, we just got 20″ of rain in 24 hrs, so you might not want to….)

    Today’s high was 18C (64.5F), which is lovely for this time of year. Thanks for the offer, but though I wouldn’t mind visiting — in, oh, February, say — I think I’ll stay put. Not the least because of the year-long maternity leave. Basically no bottles, and never any formula to mix!

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Ha! I love the “hidden” block. I still laugh myself silly over a hide-and-seek game played with my daughter when she was barely two. She was looking for Daddy, whom we “hid” by sitting him in the middle of the floor and throwing a blanket over his head. She never did find him and was totally surprised when he revealed himself. Child development is so fascinating!

    Isn’t it fun? There was a block ‘hidden’ on that table on almost every round of the game — and they were surprised every time! Hee.

    Comment by Robyn | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. Here where I live, fall arrives any time after August 1st. I kid you not. Spring shows up in June. It makes me want to cry.

    Ugh. That makes me want to cry, too, just thinking about it. I’ll bet your hours of daylight are shorter than mine, too. Do you manage to get a week of sun somewhere in all that long dark?

    Comment by Tammy | September 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. I love it! I may have to steal it for my classroom, actually. My co-teacher would have fun making the tree with the kids (she’s more crafty than me, lol!)

    Good to have one crafty person in a room! When I’d graduated from teacher’s college, but before I found a job, I volunteered in a few classrooms, and it didn’t take those happy teachers long to figure out I was happy to take on all sorts of poster-making, bulletin-board-designing, and classroom-decorating chores. A win-win.

    Comment by Bethany | September 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. My son loves to play at hiding. He and his Daddy run into the bedroom and “hide” in the walk in robe. I wander around calling out “Henry…where are you?”, while he calls back…”I’m hiding!”

    It’s hilarious, and he is still surprised when I “find them”.

    Its been spring here is Oz for a month now, and its still 17 degrees and raining everyday. I am hanging out for the sun to come back.

    Have you ever actually hidden him? “You stand here and hide, and I will come find you!!” Then you walk away before returning, all the while muttering “WHERE can he be? I just don’t SEE him!”, and he giggles like mad… Too funny.

    Comment by Tammy | September 27, 2009 | Reply

  6. […] plans for crafts fancy and simple, plans for indoor activities and out. We’ll be doing a tree for our wall as we do most years (only this time I have ideas involving fingerpaint paper and printing for that […]

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