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MondayMaking: Autumn Activities

Conkers, acorns and golden leaves – it can only mean one thing.

That’s right: Autumn is here!

The great thing about this time of the year is that there’s loads of brilliant ways to get creative.

Just check out our top ten tips!

1. Pine cone owls

During Autumn there are always lots of pine cones lying around, and it’s really fun to collect a whole bunch and get making with them!

All you need for this activity is a pine cone, googly eyes, felt, glue and scissors.

In the felt, cut out an ‘8′ shape for the owl’s face, a small triangle for its beak, two bigger triangles for its wings, a pair of felt feet, and a couple of owl ears.

Glue them all to the pine cone and stick the googly eyes to its face to make your very own owl come to life!

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2. Leaf print art

First, head off to a nearby park or forest and go scavenging for orange and brown Autumnal leaves.

Paint one side of each leaf with different colours and press them onto a blank canvas.

You’ll be amazed at the beautiful patterns you make!

3. Conker caterpillars

One of the best things about Autumn is all the great fun you can have with conkers!

To make your own conker caterpillar, go outside, collect as many conkers as you can find, and take them back home.

Pick your best ten conkers and get mum or dad to drill a hole through each of them. Then, thread a pipe cleaner through each of the holes and tie a knot at both ends.

You can use another pipe cleaner for its antenna, and stick on some googly eyes to complete your crazy conker caterpillar!

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4. Flower planting

As most of the best flowers in Spring need to experience Winter to bloom, September is the perfect month to get planting!

So why not get some bulbs and make your own flower patch in the garden?

Spring flowers like daffodils, tulips and crocuses are all really bright and colourful, so get creative with different patterns and arrangements.

5. Acorn heads

Head outside to a local park or forest – or just your nearest oak tree – and go hunting for acorns!

When you’re back at home, stick one onto a toothpick. Glue on some googly eyes, paint on the rest of the face, and make sure you paint your acorns cap too.

Now you’ve got your very own acorn friend!

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