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Family Matters: Fall Projects and Setting Back the Clocks

Every week on GoLocalProv I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

Fall CollageKido Tip 1. Rake some leaves and romp!

A great way to get the kids outside and clean up the yard is the promise of getting to jump into mounds of leaves. Make a game of gathering leaves and sticks into piles. Before the final raking is done, allow the kids to romp and toss leaves for fun. I find the promise of cocoa or cuddling up with a good book inside after leaf raking helps focus and rally kids for the final cleanup. If kids seem to be spreading more leaves than making piles have them decorate the leaf bags with crayons while you finish raking.

Kido Tip 2. Make a Fall Collage.

Leaves come in many shapes and sizes and when arranged in certain positions may resemble animals or people. Look at the shapes of dry flat leaves (see how-to flatten here) and imagine how their shapes can be arranged to form different animals or people. Use the leaves as is or cut to size. Affix on paper  or stiff board with a glue stick. Martha Stewart turned her leaf animals into Alphabet cards. Local artist Beth Curtin combined leaves, acorns and other found nature items with children recently at Brown Street Park to make three-dimensional fall collages. Kids love to collect and create. Parents just need to provide the glue.

Kido Tip 3. Celebrate the end of Daylight Savings Time. More on GoLocalProv.

Fall Collage Materials Photo: Beth Curtin

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Written by Anisa Raoof