September is a wonderful month where the weather starts getting cooler, the mornings are crisp yet sunny warm afternoons and the leaves start to turn colors. The autumn equinox on September 23 heralds the balance of night and day where they will be equal in length. The days will start to get shorter and the sun loses it strength and time in the sky and the darkness will prevail into the colder months to come. It is a month worthy of celebrations in many forms and find ways to appreciate the beauty of fall and cooler days.
Of course there is the old tried and true way of celebrating of raking leaves into large piles to delight children with hours of play and entertainment; sometimes even adults can join in on the fun! Nothing beats the childhood memories of leaf pile playtime! Not only is this way of celebrating September great fun but a great way of exercising as well between raking the yard of leaf debris and the jumping and rolling in the leaves!
Another great way to celebrate with children is to read The Giving Tree by Harper and Row and then make a tree of thanks or giving tree table center piece craft. Find a small branch that has quite a few off branches on it and using floral clay fasten it in upright in a clay pot. Fill the pot with moss, marbles or stones. Stencil leaf patterns on colored paper and cut out. Have each child write things they are thankful for or ways they may give to other people on each leaf. Using a hole punch on each leaf hang with ribbon on the branches.
Take a nature walk with the kids bringing lunch bags or plastic shopping bags along. Pick up nature items along the way. Rocks, leaves, feathers, pinecones, nuts, shells or anything they may find of interest may go in their bags. When you get back from the nature walk, you can make nature crafts with the items that were collected on the walk. Picture frames, bird feeders, whole pictures or sculptures made out of the items or any other craft you may think of where you could use items from nature for.
Tree rubbings are great fun for kids where you only need to bring sheets of paper and crayons for. Let the kids try several different types of trees and put there paper on the bark while using the crayons to get their tree rubbings from. You may even want to collect a leaf from the tree and staple the leaf on their rubbing. When you get home looking at the tree bark rubbing and the stapled leaf try to identify the tree using a tree field guide for.
Celebrate September by having a harvest dinner or outdoor barbecue. Invite a friend or neighbor if you wish with a Harvest Celebration theme. Include squash, pumpkins, corn and perhaps fresh homemade breads in your food fair. Have everyone dress in overalls and straw hats and help the kids make little scarecrow table centerpieces.
This is also a good time to remember those in need so perhaps your family could hold a neighborhood canned food drive. Make up flyers and pass them out to all your neighbors to let them know what and when you will be holding a food drive. Take all the donated canned food to your local Salvation Army or other Food Bank in your area.
There are many ways to celebrate the wonderful month of September so choose something that will work well for your family and one that everyone will find enjoyable. Sometimes even a simple ride in the car to take a fall color tour can be a simple yet fun way to celebrate the month.