Fall Fun

Fall Fun

By  Karen Whiting

            Leaves turn bright colors, garden patches sprout bright orange pumpkins, and apple trees are ripe for picking. It’s autumn! Make the most of the season.

Enjoy the leaves. Gather a bunch and decorate your dinner table with the bright colors. Press a few to save in a scrapbook. Dry them to preserve the color. This can be done by placing separate leaves between pages of a phone book or other large, heavy book and leaving them there for about ten days. Or, with adult help, dip leaves in melted paraffin wax.

Rake leaves (jump in a few piles too). Enlist your friends or family to help an older neighbor or single mom rake leaves. Read Psalm 96:12 and talk about how it looks like the trees are dressed in beauty and singing to praise God.

Enjoy visiting a pumpkin patch and decorating one, or even a few. You can make a cross jack-o-lantern and discuss how the pumpkin is a reminder of God. He created pumpkins. They grow in all sizes, shapes, and shades of orange. People grow in all sorts of shapes and shades of skin colors. We have to remove the icky stuff inside the pumpkin just like God removes our sins. We need light inside the pumpkin, like God puts in our hearts. We harvest pumpkins for pies, cookies, muffins, and other treats. God calls us to harvest souls (read Matthew 9:37-38).

Enjoy apple picking as a family. October 21st is National Apple Day so eat these healthy fruits that day. Watch cider being made. Cut (with parent help) an apple horizontally (crosswise) and see how the seeds form a star. We all have a star quality inside us too! Use the cut apples to make paintings. Dip the apple half into an ink pad or shallow container of paint and then press it onto paper. Read about being the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17:8) and how good words are compared to apples of gold (Proverbs 25:11).

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Karen Whiting, a freelance writer and award-winning author of sixteen nonfiction books, loves to let creativity splash onto the page as she writes. Celebrate using this book with Princess Tea Parties www.karenwhiting.com

Karen directed an award winning tween and teen puppet ministry for more than a dozen years and hosted a TV series, Puppets on Parade, WLRN  for Miami educational television. Karen is a speaker for women’s groups, retreats, schools, and mother-daughter events.

She is a mother of five and grandmother of eight. She has a heart for encouraging families to connect, serve, and treasure one another (a great basis for a great family). She wants to help young girls get a wonderful start on their life’s journey as a princess and help them develop their inner beauty.

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