The Best Times Don’t Cost Money

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Northwest Arkansas.  This past weekend, the colors of the leaves still on the trees were stunning.  I delight in my sixteen-month old grandson who tilts his head back, looks up, and points at the leaves every time he steps outside. It’s as if he is seeing them for the first time. He gathers acorns like a squirrel and hands them off to Me. I imagine if he had the words he would tell me about the uniqueness of each “treasure” he hands Me.  He appears content throwing them and watching them roll down the sidewalk.  When the wind blows, he stops to see the leaves drift from the trees and places his hands on his head as he senses his tousled hair. After picking up hands full of leaves and examining them, he gives them a toss back into the air.  The smile on his face says it all.

Outside is also a great place for creating art “masterpieces” while counting, sorting, and matching colors and shapes, even writing. The various textures – smooth, rough, prickly and fuzzy offer great opportunities for all children to explore their surroundings. The possibilities are endless!   And, as I said in the previous post, it’s FREE!

Attached are pictures of art created with sticks and leaves, even 3D art, as well as pattern making, letter making and even a water experience (i.e. drinking cup mishap that turned into a science experience).


If you haven’t ventured outside, I hope these suggestions will be the incentives to head outdoors.


I look forward to hearing from you.  Tell Me or show Me about your part of the world during the fall and the FREE outdoor activities you enjoy with your young ones.

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