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October 16, 2006, Herald Journal

Simple fall family fun

By JENNI SEBORA

Visiting apple orchards, munching on a crispy honey crisp or fireside apple (my favorites), finding just the right pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, decorating our yard and porch in Halloween décor, venturing through a corn maze and just seeing the sights and colors of autumn are just some of the favorite fall activities that I share with my family.

The most wonderful things about the seasons, including autumn, are really the simple things that make each season its own.

I found this “In the Autumn” article by Sherri Osborn on the website http://familycrafts.com. I thought it so appropriate, yet simple, I added a few lines of my own, too.

In the autumn, you can visit an apple orchard and go on a hay ride.

In the autumn, you can have fun in your yard, raking leaves and jumping in the piles.

In the autumn, you can spot birds flying south for the winter, some in their V formations.

In the autumn, it is fun to walk around and collect colorful leaves, pine cones, and acorns.

In the autumn, the fields are turning from a bright green to a golden color. The crops are ready for harvest, and the fields will be bare until next year. Another cycle of growth is complete.

In the autumn, the bears and other animals get ready to bed down for hibernation.

In the autumn, you can watch the squirrels scampering about collecting acorns.

In the autumn, you can watch a football game on crisp cool night or on a Sunday afternoon.

In the autumn, you pack away your summer attire and unpack your cozy sweatshirts and pajamas.

In the autumn, children get to go back to school and be reunited with friends.

In the autumn, the wind turns crisp, and the rain turns cold, leading the way for the snow to fall and winter to approach.

In the autumn, you get to treat your taste buds to apple pie, pumpkin pie, and hot apple cider.

In the autumn, you get to visit a pumpkin patch and create jack-o-lanterns.

You could turn this into a fun song with your children, allowing them to create their own verses, where they finish the line with their favorite autumn things.

Fall family activities

• After raking the leaves in piles, hide some acorns in the leaves and have your children search for the acorns, collecting as many as they can. Many children love to race against the clock, so try specifying a time limit.

• Apple printing is a fun activity to do. Osborn says to cut the apples in half or experiment by cutting your apple in different ways. Cut through the top and out the bottom to make a traditional print, cut through the middle to make apple star prints, or cut the apple into quarters or however you think for different prints.

Osborn suggests to fold a paper towel into fourths and lay it on the bottom of a Styrofoam or paper plate. Pour paint into the center of the paper towel to make it a stamp pad, using any colors you like. Dip the cut side of the apple into the paint, dab it around on the paper towel to wipe off the excess paint, and then press the apple onto some paper. Continue making an apple print picture.

• How about a festive snack? Make Halloween spiders with one (12 oz.) package of chocolate chips, one medium can of chow mein noodles, one package M & M candy.

Melt chocolate in microwave. Stir in noodles. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper, and add two M & M’s for spider eyes. Add two to four tablespoons of water, if needed, to thin chocolate.

This recipe idea came from www.amazingmoms.com The recipe also noted that you may not need all of the chow mein noodles. My mom used to make these, and I loved them, but she used to add peanuts and a little peanut butter also.

Joke:

Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? He had no guts.

Happy autumn to all of you! Enjoy the season!