100 family things to do in Autumn

32.  Donate an autumn bundle of warm clothes to a local homeless shelter

33. Make an autumn wreath

34. Make a spooky sofa den

35.  Bird spot in your garden and keep a tally of the birds you see

36. Make back to school crafts

37. Visit your library and stock up on books

38. Make a scarecrow

39. Go to a harvest festival

40.  Go to a scarecrow festival ( these are often amazing!)

41, Photograph the tress as they change and watch the season unfold

42. Go puddle jumping

43. Walk in the woods

44. Buy a new board game from a thrift shop

45. Do a huge family jigsaw

46. Do some junk modelling from your recycling bin

47. Make a home for the hedgehogs

48. Go on a woodland walk and make a journey stick

49. Make some fabulous bat crafts

50. Try you hand at blackberry tie dye and make some blackberry lollies too

51. How about some non-scary monster crafting

52. Have a DVD swap with family friends

53.  Save your garden seeds

54. Use up up your leftovers and make warm banana muffins

55. Wrap up warm and make the most of your local parks

56.  Make a yummy apple and cinnamon loaf

57. How about some clay pressing with natural materials

58. How about making an autumn Hama bead tea light holder

59. A leaf dream catcher is such a  lovely idea

60. Create an Autumn discovery bottle

61. Make yummy butternut squash soup

62. Try you hand at leaf printing

63. Welcome Autumn with open arms – write a family list of all the things you love about Autumn

64. Make autumn leaf bowls from clay

65. Create some autumn bunting to hang over your fireplace 0 include leaves of all colours, pinecones, feathers etc.

66. Make a nature craft bookmark

67. Craft a birthday card from leaves

68.  Make a spooky and super simple ghost craft for Halloween

69. Make an easy stop animation film with nature ( so much fun and easier than it sounds)

70. House swap with a friend who lives in another city for a thrifty October half term holiday

71. Make an autumn leaf crown

72. Feed the ducks

73. Take a family bike ride

74. Print out photos of your summer adventures and pop them into an album

75. Make your own  cinnamon play dough ( your house will smell heavenly!)

78. Make your home smell like autumn

79. Read 101 things to do on a rainy day

80. Pinecone painiting

81. Write an autumn poem

82. Make a leaf lantern

83. Do some autumnal colouring

84.Recycle a milk bottle into a ghost

85. Play this fabulous nuts game

86. How about a night walk?

87. A scavenger hunt in the woods

88. Visit your lovely national trust properties and take in the beautiful parklamds

89. You have to make an apple crumble it’s Autumn it’s in the rules!

90. Ooh and how about these watercolour leaf bookmarks

91. How about making fairy bottle with teeny tiny nature finds

92. Donate a food parcel to your local food bank and share your harvest

93.  Make some blackberry jam to have with toast and tea for Autumn suppers

94. make drought excluder snake from an old pair of tights to keep out the cold

95. Find a local, free, organised bonfire party to attend

96.  Stand under a tree in the wind and see who can catch the most leaves

97.   Try making these spooky spider plants

98. How about some chattering ghost bunting!

99. Ooh how about making a witches cauldron cake

100. Or YUM! How about some Slimer biscuits from Ghostbusters!


Enough to keep you busy!  happy Autumn everyone 🙂


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Do you fancy having a go at some Monster Crafts ?

Do you recall that simple paper game you can play where you draw a head, fold over the paper give it to your friend and they would draw the body, then they would fold it over  and pass it back to you then you would draw the legs and so on and  at the end you would have a mystery picture to unveil?

We always played this with monsters and it was so much fun. Our results would look something like this:

Well this month we decided to use the same principles with a model and mKW a monster piece by piece and without seeing what our crafting partner was making. I made the body and my daughter L made the head. We used all our Bostik goodies from the monthly Bostik box we recieved and we embraced this months theme of Monsters.

Take a peek …..



Bostik glue dots are just brilliant for this type of crafting as they stick awkward things together really well.

Monster Crafts

We had so much fun doing this we will definitely do another craft challenge at some point!

Have you been crafting this month? What have you been making? I’d love to see …drop me a link in the comments below.

As always a huge thanks to Tots100 who send me a monthly Bostik box and craft material and set me a monthly challenge




We have just 2 weeks left of the school summer holidays here and it’s time to start getting organised, ordering uniform, sorting out a workspace, ironing on name labels and thinking about school supplies.

It is also a great time to pay attention to what your child may need over the coming year so you start as you mean to go on.

Collins have recently sent me a selection of books and I have to say I think these are going to be a real asset to my children in the year ahead. let me show you them.


There is also deal on at Collins at the moment so if you like the look of the books I am going to show you it is well worth whizzing over there and using this brilliant discount code.


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This week has been about simple Back to School crafts.

My daughter just gets so excited when our mystery craft boxes arrive each month as part of our Bostik bloggers project with Tots100

This month  I told her our theme was Back to School and let her loose. We had a little trawl through YouTube for some inspiration and she played around with the items too trying this and that.

It is such a joy to watch your child’s creativity in flow isn’t it? It makes both of us so happy.

simple back to school crafts

She loved the little foam pads Bostik sent with the craft materials. Thsee are fab for tricky fixings. She just loves their fabric glue too. She used the glue to affix the buttons and she used the blu tack that was sent to stick her Back to School timetable to the fridge.Yay for brilliant Bostik products

You can have a look at what she made in this sweet little video.

I think she did a great job and her crafts are both pretty and practical.

I started a new community on Instagram this month based around the hashtag #acreativechildhood Please do come and join in if you are interested in this  concept it could involves music, art, craft, play, baking, making, creating or experimenting…I would love to see your photos and hopefully we can all inspire each other. You can find m on Instagram here

P.S Oh and just in case you missed it last month we were making creepy crawly crafts



Noddy has been invited to Toytown’s annual summer festival and  doesn’t know what to wear. Bumpy dog has a new collar and even Revs the car has been freshly cleaned and polished. Noddy has a think about how he can look amazing too.

Aha! How about decorating his famous blue hat?


Can you help  him?

If you print off the picture of the hat and stick it on to card you can then set to work. Maybe you will go for a woodland walk and pick up fallen flowers and leaves and maybe a pinecone for the bell?

Maybe you will get out lots of brightly coloured paints and make Noddy the most colourful toy in Toytown. Or perhaps his hat should be all glittery?

It is totally up to you,

Do send me a photo of your creations, I cannot wait to see!


You can print your blank hat to decorate here Noddy’s summer festival hat

Here is one we did earlier…..


The Noddy Challenge

This is an entry into the Tots100 #NoddyChallenge Blogger Competition to win £500 in books from The Book People.

Do follow @tots100 and @TheBookPeople on Twitter and take a peek at all the other lovely Noddy crafts and activities parent bloggers have created by following the hashtag #NoddyChallenge