For those of us in the northern hemisphere the autumnal equinox occurs today. There are many ways to help children appreciate the changes that Fall brings and enjoy the outdoors before it gets too cold and wet. So go outside for a walk and give your kids and grandkids a chance to witness the changing landscape up close.
The Fruits and Veggies of Summer
I’m proud to say that my daughter and son-in-law are raising my two granddaughters to appreciate the wonders of nature. This summer they enlarged their vegetable garden and produced a bumper crop of five varieties of tomatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers, peppers, grapes, and pumpkins. They will have two enormous Jack-o-lanterns by Halloween. Every time we visit we go home with a bag full of the tastiest and largest fruits and vegetables I’ve ever had. My daughter keeps a bowl of cherry tomatoes on the kitchen counter for everyone to munch on.
Growing up in San Francisco, I never had the pleasure of growing fruit or vegetables. But my grandmother and mother both loved to garden. I’m so happy to see that my daughter is now passing on that love to her daughters as they go out to the garden each day and pick a huge bowl of fresh tomatoes.
Enjoy Fall Activities
Taking your children or grandchildren outside and showing them the wonders of nature is a great way to slow down during the hectic pace of the new school year. In my search for some fun activities for autumn, I began with my favorite resource: Green Hour and discovered Rebecca Cohen, of Rebecca plants. Her website offers “Simple gardening and outdoor activities that transform the health and well being of all by inspiring each of us to spend more time outside.” She’s got a blog, a television show called “Get Out of the House,” a free download of “50 Outdoor Activities for Busy Families” and of course, a newsletter and products.
Rebecca explains that, as she connected to the outdoors, she realized the positive influence it had on her two sons, aged four and six-years-old. As a result, she expanded her vision and work to inspiring families to spend more time outside together with simple activities that fit easily into a busy schedule.
“Something magical happens with me and my kids when we’re outside and away from distractions,” says Rebecca. “We listen better, we share and notice more about the plants and animals around us, and become closer as a family.” Rebecca makes it a point to get outside with her kids every day. “I’ve created the outdoor lifestyle and the relationship with my kids that I’ve always wanted, and I want to help all families create memorable moments outside with their kids each day.”