It’s that time of year! Are you ready for things that go bump in the night! October brings cooler weather and Halloween! Drawing your favorite Halloween scenes and scares is a great way to spend a chilly, October afternoon. Do you need a few drawing prompts to get you through the month?
The fall season brings cooler temperatures and rainy days. Drawing is a great rainy-day activity. Markers, crayons, colored pencils, and drawing paper are available at your local dollar store. The inexpensive materials allow you to get creative and stay within budget. Yes, later you can invest in other drawing tools to help enhance your artistic side. If you are looking to keep within the fall theme, check out the following drawing prompts for Autumn.
The first official day of Autumn is approaching quickly. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fall season brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and earlier sunsets. Are you looking for simple ways to celebrate the Autumn Equinox? Check out these family friendly activities to welcome the fall season.
Being outdoors is the best way to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.
Go hiking: Check out your local, state, or national park for nearby hiking trails. Most hiking areas post the difficulty of the trail. Basic trails are great for young children or just starting to hike.
Go on a nature walk: The fall foliage is perfect for taking pictures. You can easily turn your nature walk into a learning experience for your children or yourself.
Watch the Sunrise or Sunset: Spend time watching the day begin or end. Sipping a nice cup of tea or hot cocoa is bonus.
Go on a fall picnic: Pack a lunch and head out to the park for a fall picnic.
Bonfire night: Host a bonfire for family and friends. Don’t forget the S’mores. A warm bonfire on a crisp fall evening is a great way to start the season.
Stargaze: Spend a cool, crips evening looking at the stars. Don’t forget the hot cocoa.
Outdoor Photo Shoot: Grab your camera or hire a professional for an outdoor photoshoot.
Doing crafts does not require a large expense. Many dollar stores have fall accents perfect for crafty use. Or use items found in nature.
Mason jar crafts
Consider making an extra craft item to give away. A small center piece or door hanging could really cheer up someone’s day.
Make a Harvest Meal
Plan a meal with an Autumn theme. Check out your local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables. Apples, corn, squashes, tomatoes, and other root vegetables are bountiful this time of year. Turn your abundant harvest goodies into delicious dishes.
These are only a few ideas to add to your harvest meal to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.
The Autumn Equinox brings numerous changes to the landscape. Step back and recognize the changing season. Make a gratitude list. Be grateful. Enjoy the moment, winter is coming.
Summer does not always bring sunny days. Rain, humid, or high temperatures may cause you to retreat indoors for comfort. Days inside are perfect for creating art including drawing. Whether you use markers, pens, pencils, or crayons, drawing is a great creative outlet. Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for July.
St. Patrick’s Day usually brings large parades, community events, and other social activities. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic restrictions mean the yearly events are canceled. Are you looking for last-minute activities to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Check out the following St. Patrick’s Day ideas for you or your entire family to enjoy.
Make a Leprechaun Trap
St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without tales of leprechauns. Use the tales as inspiration to make a leprechaun trap. Cereal boxes and craft materials are perfect supplies to build a trap. Get creative. Take photos and try to catch a leprechaun for his gold.
Draw, trace, or print a blank shamrock. Use the shamrock as a template.
Paint or color the shamrock.
Glue glitter, split peas, yarn, sequins, macaroni, or other material to your shamrock. (If you do decide to glue items to your shamrock template, use card stock to print the outline)
Decorate and hang your shamrocks around the house.
Use your decorated shamrocks as placemats for a traditional Irish meal.
Traditional Irish Meal
Preparing a traditional Irish meal is one of the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Pinterest has numerous recipes to follow. Whether you prepare the meal yourself or involve the entire family, try something new.
Irish Lamb Stew
Irish Soda Bread
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Watch St. Patrick’s Day Movies
St. Patrick’s Day is a great day for family movie night. (Yes, you and your cat count.) Make popcorn, eat green candies or order pizza. And watch a great movie to celebrate the day.
Are you looking to start a new Christmas tradition? How about making handmade Christmas wrapping paper for all of your gifts? Doing Christmas crafts as a family activity is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Best of all, making homemade gift wrap is an easy project for all ages.
Sponges of any size and shape
Butcher paper, newsprint, or other types of packing paper (You can purchase rolls of brown shipping paper at your local dollar store).
Containers for paint
Cut sponges into various shapes, for example, Christmas trees, gift boxes, stars, candy canes, and ornaments. (Help younger children cut the sponges into shapes.)
Spread your choice of paper on a flat surface.
Squirt small amounts of paint in your container.
Dip your cut sponge into the paint.
Make certain the paint covers the entire sponge for a clear shape.
Press sponge on to the paper. When you are finished, simply rinse the sponges of the entire paint residue. You can use the sponges more than once.
Continue the process until you reach your desired design.
Allow the paint shapes to dry.
Use markers to add outlines, Christmas songs, Bible verses, names, or other designs to your gift wrap.
Now, wrap your Christmas gifts and enjoy it.
Homemade gift wrap is an excellent way to provide a personalized touch to your presents. Use your imagination to create numerous sheets of wrapping paper. Set the mood for family fun by playing Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, and eating snacks.
Harry Potter fans worldwide celebrate September 1st as the day to return to Hogwarts. Since social distancing and restrictions are still in effect for many areas, finding small ways to celebrate is essential. Are you wondering how to celebrate going back to Hogwarts? Check out the following ideas for inspiration.
Celebrating Going Back to Hogwarts
“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen,
Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Return to Hogwarts in your own way by participating in different family-friendly activities.
Watch the Movies: Make some popcorn, order pizza, and pick your favorite Harry Potter movie to watch. Choosing a favorite may be difficult; you can always binge-watch the entire series over the next couple of days.
Re-Read the Series: Curl up under your favorite blanket and spend time re-reading the series. Or read the series together as a family.
Listen to the Audio Versions: Do you have other work to do? Turn on the audio version of the series.
Make Wizarding World Themed Food: In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin stated, “Eat, you’ll feel better.” Of course, this was after an encounter with a Dementor. But the sentiment still holds up for returning to Hogwarts. Make chocolate frogs, coins, or a complete meal based on the food from the Hogwarts’ feast. Don’t forget the cake.
Have a Craft Day: Pull out your crafting supply stash and make Wizarding World themed crafts.
There are numerous easy crafts to make, including owls, plaster frogs, coins, ornaments, and more. Of course, you will need your own wand.
Participate in Online Events: With all the restrictions in place due to the pandemic, many sites, including the Wizarding World, are hosting online events.
Listen to a Podcast: Find a new or re-listen to Harry Potter-themed podcasts.
Play Games: From video games to board games, play Wizarding World and Harry Potter themed games.
Do you want to know the best way to celebrate going back to Hogwarts? Have fun. Enjoy time with your family. Or curl up with your dog and dive back into the Wizarding World by reading the very first Harry Potter book.
Making a wand is another way to celebrate the wonderful Wizarding World. In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stong, the character Ollivander tells Harry, “Curious indeed how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter… After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things — terrible, yes, but great.” (Rowling, 1998).
Tips on Making a Wand
Making a wand is your personal creative choice. There is no right or wrong way.
Wooden dowels, chopsticks, or pencils
Hot glue gun (depending on your design you may need more than one glue stick)
Paint in the color of your choice
Start on a clean surface.
Drip the hot glue around the top of the wooden dowel to make your desired wand grip. At this point, you can different beads, string, or other embellishments to make a unique wand handle.
Allow to completely dry.
Paint in the color and design of your choice. Use your imagination. Write down all the details of your wand. What does the color mean? What is in the inner core of the wand?
Allow to completely dry again.
Enjoy your wand creation.
Rowling, J. K., author. (1998). Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books,