“Why do the leaves fall off the trees?” It’s a question most parents have heard at some point.
The answer: to protect the trees, and give them the strength to survive the winter.
So, as parents, how do we protect our children and make sure they get through the winter fit, healthy and happy?
It’s certainly not easy at this time of year as the days get shorter, the weather isn’t quite so inviting for outdoor activities and the lovely summer salads and fruit become less common.
Here’s a few nuggets of autumn inspiration to help your children to thrive.
Autumn vegetables are perfect for making simple, super vitamin-charged soup. Pumpkins, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips can be roasted or boiled and liquidised to please even the most vegetable-reluctant little mouths! Children love to help so this can be a great activity as well. Flavours that work well to add flavour can include orange, coriander, cumin, lentils and even milk or yoghurt for a creamy taste.
A lap instead of an app
Just a quick reminder after the summer that cuddling up with a book or playing a game of cards or board game provides your child with a huge amount of emotional benefit. These precious moments with mum and dad are so important for their wellbeing and a great way to relax away from those screens!
There are lots of different games out there but one we have discovered recently is the Sussed range – suitable for ages six and over, these games promote conversation and help players to learn more about themselves and each other. A great resource for supporting mental wellbeing in the family.
Don’t leave the leaves
Who doesn’t love jumping in the leaves? You can also go on a hunt to see how many different types you can find and of course there are endless craft ideas for autumn leaves. Here are some we love:
- Stick them to a ring of cardboard to make a leaf crown
- Paint faces or patterns on your leaves
- Stick them to paper and draw on legs/ears etc to create your own leaf animals
- Take usual/arty photographs of different leaves
It’s time for the apples to shine and baking with apples is a great place to start. They lend themselves perfectly to crumbles, cakes, pies and even healthy baked apple crisps.
Baking is a great indoor activity that encourages an interest in different foods and helps with fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, and practical uses of maths and science as well as teaching basic life skills.
And don’t forget to try a bit of apple bobbing…
Sunflower has supported hundreds of children who have needed something extra to improve their overall wellbeing. To find out more: 01483 531 498, firstname.lastname@example.org.