the art of seasonal handicrafts for kids: with rooted childhood
You know that feeling when you stumble upon something that reminds you of yourself? That’s how I felt when I opened up my October subscription to Rooted Childhood.
I knew that this resource would create opportunities to incorporate seasonal rituals into our every day. The boys are growing so quickly and lapping up new experiences. I love to teach them about upcoming holidays and celebrations, but am more than thrilled to have someone else offer inspiration!
I was amazed by how many darling details filled the pages, from recipes for autumn spice moon sand, to poems about October, to songs and fingerplays and a list of picture book recommendations for the month of October. All carefully crafted to fit in with the season. There’s a variety of handicrafts for kids of all ages, from macrame to homemade scented playdough, plus some delicious recipes that are simple and clean.
Think beeswax and date caramel done simply, for kids and mamas. Imagine having a month long guide for your preschooler or homeschooler, with just the right amount of things to do.
The best part of digging into the activities, was knowing that it would create an opportunity to connect with my boys in a creative and unique way. Very often I would find myself wandering around Michael’s craft store when I wanted a craft to mark the start of a new season or holiday. I’d come home with a few wooden ornaments to colour, or vinyl window clings and think: woohoo, autumn. This is lame. I wish I was better at being creative. And I’m a creative person to begin with! But when it comes to kid’s activities, I usually lose steam as soon as I start browsing the aisles. I’m simply looking for a ritual to welcome the next season, but the trick is, I want to enjoy it just as much as the children.
Here’s where Rooted Childhood comes in. I loved flipping through September and October. I was charged with creativity and anticipation and most importantly, I didn’t feel pressured. There were suggestions and recipes, but I got to plan what craft, book, song or poem to incorporate into our month. I could do them all, or I could do one.
I immediately put most of the recommended picture books on hold at the library. This is one of my favourite features! We all love to read, but I often don’t know where to start when it comes to children’s books. It was a pleasure to pick up a big stack of fall related books curated by someone else, and then to dig through and find our favourites.
When it comes to the edible recipes, I was relieved to discover that I had all the necessary ingredients on hand for the whole foods based pumpkin truffles! They included yummy ingredients like coconut butter and pumpkin puree, and tasted like chocolate covered autumn. Bonus, the kids liked them almost as much as me.
There were crafts for my pleasure (say goodbye to macaroni necklaces) and for the kids (say hello to turmeric dyed playdough), which means that it was delightfully easy to make some October memories with the boys.
Each month of Rooted Childhood contains 8 simple handicrafts with a detailed supply list, 3 whole food recipes, an idea for a family gathering, an original story, seasonal poetry, songs and fingerplays, and picture book recommendations, all geared toward families with a child under age 8.
Since I’m such a big fan of October, I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the activities I wanted us all to partake in. Big win in my books.
I was more than happy to collaborate with Rooted Childhood, as it aligns with my lifestyle and blog, and was compensated for this post.