Autumn is the season for knitted sweaters, scarves, and thick socks in boots. And of course, a knitted bobble hat. But not only is Autumn great for fashion, it is also a time of year full of great facts and fun for children.
8 Facts about Autumn:
In North America, Autumn is known as the fall and many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween during the Autumn season.
Autumn is mostly known for the change in leaves and the shedding of these leaves from trees.
In ancient times, autumn was one of the most important periods of the year as many cultures/individuals practiced rituals and offerings to their gods and goddesses so that they would have a successful harvest to feed them through winter.
There is less sunlight in Autumn because the days are shorter.
The Autumn season starts on the 23rd September and ends on the 21st December!! Only 4 days before Christmas!!
Autumn nights are great for stargazing as the skies are much clearer.
In the U.S. Monarch butterflies are the only insect to migrate to a warmer country during the colder season.
Common Autumn harvests are pumpkins, corn and apples.
REMEMBER in October there is a half term,which means a week of entertaining the children.
Family days out, arts and crafts and activities to celebrate Autumn and keep the children entertained:
Pumpkin Picking and Carving: whether its finding your pumpkin in your local supermarket or taking a day out to go to your local farm, finding the perfect pumpkin and spending time decorating and carving it is a great way to pass the time. A great activity to do as a family! You can even make a pumpkin family 😉
At the Science Museum in London, 7-11 year old’s can experience a sleepover of a life time. With hands-on experiments, watching different shows and sleeping among the exhibits. As well as breakfast and a movie in their iMAX theatre the next morning to finish the experience. Running on October 7th and November 11th– get booking!
In Kent, at Leeds Castle, spend the day watching different birds of prey soaring through the air. Great day enjoying the crisp air and watching some of the most incredible birds take to the sky.
Lewes Bonfire night on November 4th. A procession through Town, lighting of 6 or more bonfires all over the town, as well as a firework extravaganza!
Days out in a maze, no better way to enjoy the changing season and the growth in crops that adventuring round (and getting lost) in cornfields.
When staying at home, use fallen leaves to create fantastic images and paintings. Whether its painting leaves and creating prints or making leaves look even more beautiful by adding glitter and using them as decorations.
Re-create a childhood favourite using chestnuts to play conkers. Hours of entertainment and you can re-live your childhood. As well as this, you can decorate them to again make decorations.
Finally, trick or treating! This tradition is big in America, but it is great to do in the UK too. Dress up and enjoy the American tradition. Fun to do with a group of friends or as a family 😊
Are you aware that the fourth week in September (23rd – 29th) 2018 is National Nanny Recognition Week?
This special week created in 1998 recognises the work that Nannies do for families.
National Nanny Recognition Week gives families the opportunity to celebrate the work that their Nanny does for them.
National Nanny Recognition week is not necessarily a time to give your Nanny a gift, it is however, a time to reflect on the amazing work that Nannies do, and a time to say ‘thank you’.
How to celebrate National Nanny Recognition Week
Tell your Nanny how much they mean to you.
Make an effort to tell your Nanny how much they mean to you. There are many ways in which you can do this:
Give them words of encouragement – throughout National Nanny Recognition Week, give your nanny a few extra words of encouragement
Be positive – When your Nanny helps you out, praise them for the job they have done.
Personalise a special gift for your Nanny
Put your creative minds to the test and see what gifts you can make with your children. Creating a personal gift is an ideal activity to do with children to show how much their Nanny means to them personally. It gives them the opportunity to get involved and make something special that their Nanny can treasure.
Give your Nanny a bunch of flowers
A bunch of flowers is a simple gift to give your nanny to show your appreciation. Choose a bouquet you think they would love and give it to your Nanny some point during National Nanny Recognition Week.
Let your Nanny have a surprise half or day off
In celebration of National Nanny Recognition Week and to show how much they mean to you, why not see if you are able to let your nanny have some time off. Any time off you can offer would be appreciated.
Invite your Nanny to have a meal with you and your family
The perfect idea for a ‘live in Nanny’ to show your appreciation. Invite them to join you for a meal at breakfast or dinner, don’t forget to prepare their preferred meal.
The Simplest Gift of All…
Having a great Nanny employed to work with your family is a something that cannot be taken for granted. Over National Nanny Recognition Week, make sure you make the effort to tell your Nanny how special they are to you and how they are a valued member of your family. A little bit of praise and appreciation, really can go a long way. Offering praise can help them to feel appreciated and know that they work they are doing is not going un-noticed.
Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018