Last week I wasn’t very well, we decided to stay local and near the house as I was feeling under the weather. (I later find out that I have a bout of tonsillitis – ouchie!)
However, after being confined to the house for a couple of days we decided to go out for a short walk and get some fresh air.
We only walked around the block but we were amazed at the amount of wildlife and autumnal scenery we saw just outside our front door.
From blackberries to caterpillars and red berries to squirrels. We found conkers and helicopter leaves, fire leaves and magical twig wands.
We played in the small play park, which we always drive past on the way home and went tree climbing in the grassy area next to our house.
Our walk ended following the path back to our house and we collected leaves and bits of ‘nature’ to take back with us and make some land art.
My mummy joins in with a crafty #somum Twitter make-date every month organised by Pippa at Story of Mum. So we used our collected leaves to join in with this months activity, making Natural Mandalas.
Mandalas are produced by repeating patterns in order to create a bit of art. It’s great for relaxation and is very therapeutic. We often find cool activities though our #Somum make dates. It’s nice we can make use of the leaves we’ve collected.
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We laid out our bounty and made pretty shapes on the carpet. I helped make the conker heart while my mummy added the leaves and embellished with twigs and berries. We had a really good time collecting our items and making our land art.
Next time we are out and about we’re going to make one on the grass in the park for someone else to find and hopefully it will brightening up their day.
It’s a really good free activity to do with children and gets them outside playing and foraging (a bit like a treasure hunt) and it’s great for their creativity afterwards when they make some art with what they’ve collected.
We’ll be doing this again at Christmas to see what we can find 🙂
Love Bella x
35 thoughts on “My Autumn Mandala”
Beautiful pics, Autumn is so gorgeous. #twinklytuesday
Thanks! We love Autumn and all the beautiful colours 🙂
Aw I love the idea of leaving one in the park for others to find. We often do that at the beach. Lovely post and beautiful pictures. #twinklytuesday
The land art is so pretty. Amazing how much there is to see if we just really look, great post
What a lovely walk you had Isabella. I love autumn and your artwork is lovely. Popping over from #Pointshoot
ooooh I love this post – I love the textures and the colours and the creativity and the joy and the play and goodness me, you’ve made me feel very happy to have inspired just a tiny little bit of all of that. Thank you for writing about it here xx
Such lovely photos! Looks like a fun time x
These are my favourite types of activities, autumn is amazing. I love your beautiful nature finds and creations. Hope you are feeling better. x
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids
Lovely photos, all those autumnal colours, such a lovely idea to leave some art for someone else in the park too!
We love making nature mandalas they are so pretty. I had tonsilitis last week too Isabella – very ouchie. Sarah http://www.kippersandcurtains.com linking from #letkidsbekids
I feel your pain Sarah! Ouchie! Thanks for popping over 🙂
such a lovely autumn scavenger hunt. I love all the things you have found and made and what beautiful photos, it has been the kindest autumn I remember for years with lovely mild days perfect for woods and parkland visits. I look forward to seeing this one on Country Kids.
What a creative idea. I love the thought of making a mandala for someone else to find in the park! #twinklytuesday
I hope you’re feel much better now hon. Looks like you had a lovely little week and your pictures are just so lovely! Xx
Thank you for popping over, tonsillitis is not fun!
I hope you are feeling better. Everything is lookng so lovely at the moment, I love all the colours.
Thank you! I’m feeling a bit better thanks!
Beautiful autumn pictures! I just love your mandala. Gorgeous use of nature items. Visiting from #LetKidsBeKids
Beautiful photos. Love the mandala and the idea of leaving one in the park is lovely!
Ah thanks Jenni! 🙂
What a gorgeous walk. Your mandala looks lovely.
Lovely bright Autumn photos. I love the mandala art such a clever one! It’s amazing the things you can find from just walking down the road! #whatevertheweather
I love your autumn mandala, it looks beautiful! I’ve been meaning to make one with the boys too, maybe we shall do that on the grass somewhere for someone to find, I love that idea! Beautiful photos too!
Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x
Your pictures are so beautiful. Every single one is true autumn and the lighting is absolutely stunning. I love the mandala and the idea of doing land art. It looks like such a fun day out and what a brilliant outdoors activity to do too. I’m glad you’re feeling better now. Thank you so, so much for sharing this on #whatevertheweather x
Thanks for hosting Chloe x
When I was little helicopter leaves were one of my most favourite things about autumn, as well as conkers of course 🙂 looks like such a nice walk even if it was a local one!
Ah these photos are lovely. What a great idea, a little treasure hunt. Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x
I love the way you put your collages together, such a lovely look at Autumn, thank you for linking up on Country Kids
Oh wow! This portrays a perfect autumn indeed. Beautiful photos too. xx
Sorry to hear that you are feeling poorly. 😦 Hope you are getting better now. Love your Autumn walk – lovely photos and ideas gathering around for the heart shape. Very nice. 🙂 x
I’ve been snoring like a trooper so still a bit bunged up! Apparently I sound like my daddy!!
lol! Now that is rear! lol 🙂