Autumn is a wonderful season for the senses – from the smell of rain-wet mud, to the crunch of leaves underfoot and feel and sound of the rain, there’s really no better time to enjoy the great outdoors.
To make the most of autumn with your children, we have a few ideas to encourage young VI explorers to head outside and get creative and a few reading ideas too!
3D animal footprints
Borrow our topical book, ‘British Wildlife – A Walk in the Countryside‘ and you’ll receive a free footprint tactile that you can use to make 3D footprints just like Fred and his mum Karen did
“The topical packs are a box that keeps on giving. The British Wildlife set has inspired us to create our own creations of animal prints. First with Play-Doh and then with air drying clay as we want to keep them for props for other stories and adventures.”
We asked Karen and Fred to share what they did…Start by using something nice and squishy like Play-Doh or for a print you can keep forever, why not use air-drying clay or plaster of Paris. Use the front of the tactile to make a raised paw or turn over and use the back to create a print.
So that other library members can continue to enjoy our tactile pictures with the audio, please only use the free tactile provided. It’s yours to keep so you can create as many 3D versions of the prints as you like!
We’d love to hear about your 3D presses so if you have a go, tell us and send a photo or two.
First collect freshly fallen leaves. Then squeeze out a few autumnal coloured paints such as yellow, orange and brown. Gently brush the paint on the leaves, press the leaves onto paper and lift off to make leaf print patterns. Borrow Nature Detectives for an evocative wildlife guide to woodland and hedgerows .
Inspired by the autumnal feely picture in One Year With Kipper (pictured below) make a tactile collage or object box by collecting fallen leaves, sticks, conkers, acorns and pumpkin seeds, and gluing them onto coloured paper or into a shoebox.
Songs and poems
Come up with autumn-inspired songs and poems. Introduce instruments like triangles, tambourines or drums (pots and pans will do!) to make the song or poem come to life! Start by taking a walk in the woods, nearby field or park and make a note of sounds (if you have a phone in your pocket you could record them), smells and textures and collect interesting objects such leaves, sticks, stones, feathers. You’ll find that Mad About Minibeasts is a great starting point to introduce little ones to hunting for tiny creatures that live in wild spaces, under rocks, on bark, leaves and in log piles. Each tactile and audio guide is accompanied by music and song on a bug and beastly theme and the accompanying book (pictured below) is actually lots of short poems about each creature.