In the heartland we are in the midst of Fall. The leaves have turned and the petioles have released from the stem sending a blanket of leaves to ground. Yet, somewhere among the beautifully depicted Nebraska Fall, a gust of wind has brought bone-chilling temperatures more reminiscent of Winter.
These last two weeks have felt like a slow demise toward Winter. Our outdoor activity time has been put on hold. Our walks, even the short ones around the block, nonexistent. The only saving grace, you do not have to wait too long for the temperatures to shift 20 degrees or so in either direction. And the last two days have finally proven to be play worthy.
As with most of our outdoor time this season, it is cut short due to cold toddler fingers. Playing with the texture and admiring the color of the damp leaves turns fun to meltdown in a split second. However, instead of dumping the yellow basket of leaves, we brought the activity time indoors and created our first montage.
With a pile of leaves dumped on the table, two paint brushes and Mod Podge, we set out to create…well, we did not know what! Although the leaves and brushes held her fascination, it was not until I pulled a Parents magazine from the recycle bin that Maya truly started to help. As I ripped pages, Maya would grab one and say, “Baby!”…so the baby made it in the collage. And of course, cookies were a hot topic as well…
The final result is a crazy mixture of photos, leaves, words, and flower petals. Of course the glue has to dry…right now the baby looks like it has had a lot of milk to drink! Although I am contemplating creating Christmas tree ornaments out of the concoction, I have to admit, this was a lot of fun. It was relaxing for me and the whole process held my toddler’s attention for about an hour! Not bad for a Friday mid-morning activity.