Maybe it was the changing of the clocks, which I like to blame for pretty much everything, or perhaps it is just normal threenage behaviour but Freya has been a ball of fiery angst this week, just waiting to singe anyone who gets too close.
“You. Are. Making. Me. Angry,” she growled at me, when I thought I was doing something nice by buying her a new book (while she said she wanted that book she meant the other book, obviously).
I know it is a natural stage; she’s growing up, testing her boundaries, asserting her independence and so on but she’s usually such a joyful little soul, I don’t like seeing her so pent up.
When she was feeling calmer we talked about “big feelings” and how there are different ways to share them that don’t involve rage.
When that didn’t work, as on Wednesday when everything I did seemed to make her cross, I tried for distraction – and autumn came to our rescue.
We went to the park on Tuesday afternoon and, as Freya pretended to be Little Red Riding Hood (I was The Big Bad Wolf, naturally), I got her to pick up different leaves, of which there is obviously an abundance at the moment, and put them in her bucket (or basket, as she called it) to take home.
I like doing this not just because she can learn the names of different trees, feel all sorts of textures and pick out a variety of colours at this time of year but also because it connects her to nature. I know I sound like a right old hippie but I really think it is important.
On Wednesday I spread out an old shower curtain on the living room floor (see, who needs a garden) and got some cardboard, glue and glitter and we started to make pictures as well as paint and colour the leaves. She was engrossed for an hour – and, even better, calm.
I then decided it might be fun to try and make a leaf crown (ah, Pinterest, what have you done to me?). I found a balloon, even though I hate balloons, puffed it up and put it in an empty yoghurt pot so we could begin sticking leaves around it. It was really messy, which Freya loved.
Once everything was dry yesterday I spotted the fatal flaw in my plan; the thing I really hate about balloons is when they pop. Obviously I was going to have to pop it to make the crown. I stood for a good few minutes next to that balloon with a pair of scissors but just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
Luckily, Mark, who has no such fear, then came home from work. I asked him to sort it while Freya and I were in the living room.
But no pop came.
Eventually I went in to find that he had ever-so-gently let the air out.
“I know you don’t like the bang,” he said.
As the balloon slowly deflated it took our crown with it until we were left with, er, this (not sure how to describe it).
So not entirely a success from a crafting point of view but Freya was certainly happier than before so I’m calling it a win.
Are you making the most of autumn? What have you been up to?
17 thoughts on “Autumn To The Rescue: Fun With Leaves.”
Love the little mouse you made as part of the leaf.
Thank you (we thought it was a hedgehog but mouse works too :D).
Oh, ha. I just showed it my husband – what’s that? He looked for a minute, its a hedgehog? Hehe, it must be me, mouse obsessed. Well the little mouse-hog is very cute. 🙂
Haha, your ‘crown’ is ace – that’s usually me at school: ‘Oh well, it was fun to make wasn’t it? Yes of course it was. Moving on…’ 😉
The photos (on here and Insta) look great too, love the clarity – have you switched cameras?
Thank you 🙂 I think my camera just likes the colours of autumn (I did have it cleaned after three years of use so maybe that’s helped?)
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Awwww such sweet ideas
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I totally feel your pain. I have two fiery children who get very snappy when stuck in doors. Getting them both out into nature makes them much happier and relaxed. I love your crafts and I must admit I did laugh at your balloon crown creation, I had a similar disaster last year! Thank you for linking up with #ChasingNature
Such a lovely idea! I totally agree with you though – I think it’s important for children to explore, and I’m trying to get Esme interested in going out at her young age. I think it’s working, because she loves playing in the garden! Haha!
Great idea to use the leaves for distractions. We’re going through a similar phase with Alex and having to use everything in our arsenal to try prevent meltdowns. At the moment it’s the “I don’t want, I want, I don’t want, I want” stage and its tough. And I’m sorry your crown didn’t quite work, I was looking forward to seeing it myself x
It’s crazy isn’t it? I never know what might set her off but I’m finding distraction works most of the time. This too shall pass 🙂
We are living by that moto at the moment as well x