I realise that sounds utterly hippie/ pretentious. All I really mean is that I like to give the kids plenty of creative things to do on rain-lashed days, so they don't spend every waking moment watching Penelope Pitstop, and I don't mind joining in.
One such project is No Fail Fall collage, which is simple, cheap, and, if I say so myself, effective. It kept Prima, Secundus, my mum and me all enjoyably busy for a couple of hours one wet afternoon.
What you need:
- Glue sticks
- A large piece of paper or A4 sheets of paper sellotaped together.
- Magazines with plenty of colour photos.
- For uniformity, if you are a bit of a perfectionist (comme moi), you could make some templates out of cereal box card. I did templates for the acorns, acorn cups, toadstool tops and stalks, and flowers, but the leaves were all free-hand.
- Draw a variety of autumnal leaves, berries, nuts etc on suitably coloured pictures from magazines and catalogues, and then cut them out.
- Cookery, fashion and gardening pages/ adverts often have good colours and textures for this kind of project, especially if the photos are enlarged. This can also be a good opportunity to discuss the methods companies use to make people buy their products, if you are feeling particularly "right on".
- Stick them onto a large piece of paper, grouping flowers, toadstools etc, or just in a random fashion.