It's Autumn! Not only is it MY favorite season, I've also managed to cultivate a true love for this season in the hearts of most of my grandkids (there are a couple of summer holdouts – and one who prefers winter). We're having fun enjoying autumn ballets, creating cute Fall pumpkin table decorations, and decorating for harvest and Halloween fun.
This week, we enjoyed a twist on one of my old favorite ideas – making our own scarecrows. I have a 15 year old (at least) store-bought and much beloved "Old Faithful" scarecrow that my grandkids LOVE to play with and we decided he needed some company.
We've done a variation of this several times over the years since the first one I made with my young kids using papier mache heads (MESSY!). In past years, we used men's clothes from Grandfathers or Goodwill. This year, we added to our fun with an idea I discovered in Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars by Sharon Lovejoy, by making junior Scarecrows using clothes my grandchildren have outgrown.
Below are the final results – aren't they cute! Since the grandkids are coming to my house this weekend, they chose to have the scarecrows keep my senior mom and me company on our couch - our new "Scarecrow Decorations Couch Buddies!" Come Sunday, we'll have to rearrange them to greet all the little trick or treaters along with some of our Fall pumpkin table decorations and candy and cards.
The head on their new scarecrows isn't as cute as my Old Faithful (in my opinion). We used white plastic trash bags stuffed with newspapers. I suggested they use our Crayola washable markers to draw faces on the trash bags. Don't ask me why but all the kids said they did not want to make faces on their scarecrow's heads. They preferred the "natural look." Overall, though, we think they are a tad cuter than our original, but shhhhh – don't tell Old Faithful.
We sure had fun with these happy autumn decorations activities for grandparents and their grandchildren and will enjoy our delightful family memories for years to come. My grandkids haven't stopped talking about them! A sweet treat for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny and her grandkids. Not to mention the senior parents who will love the photos from my easy to use digital camera! And speaking of fall pumpkin table decorations and fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren, Lori at All You Have to Give is posting about How to Carve a Pumpkin God's Way for her girls Bible study. It's another of those fun and easy crafts for kids and seniors alike! Be sure to check it out.
By the way, as you can probably guess from my two reviews in Fun Resource for Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren and Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars is Full of Fun Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren, I have definitely found Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars by Sharon Lovejoy to be a great resource for Sandwich Generation families, with plenty of fun and creative ideas. Hmmm, think how perfect it is for Christmas gifts as well. :)
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