Seasons of Joy

Looking for a way to bring peace and joy to your day? Seasons of Joy is my 10-week seasonal guidebook to add rhythm and fun to your daily routine. Each guidebook has ten weeks' worth of circle times, stories, arts, crafts, and handwork, painting, playtime activities and more!
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Seasons of Joy seeks to empower families to create peaceful rhythms and routines and joyful celebrations that follow the circle of the year. The blog also chronicles our adventures in living simply, loving exuberantly, and Waldorf inspired homeschooling.

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Autumn Spice Dough and Seasons of Joy

This past weekend to welcome autumn we made one of our favorite playdough recipes from Autumn Seasons of Joy.

You need:
1 cup water
1 T. oil
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Orange food coloring (2 parts yellow to 1 part red; paprika or carrot juice also make a
nice natural dye)

Mix together over low heat. Knead when cool, adding more flour if needed.

And that’s all there is to it—easy peasy! And oh my goodness, it smells soooooooo good.

If you’ve done anything fun for fall, we’d love for you to link up to Waldorf Wednesday!

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Have you dug out your Autumn Seasons of Joy yet? For a great price—only $15—you get:

* 5 autumn circle times, with opening and closing verses. Take a movement journey to the apple orchard, march with some friendly gnomes, celebrate the harvest, find joy in the autumn leaves, and visit some creatures in the autumn woods.

* 5 fairy tales and stories with extension activities. Help Mother Earth weave a blanket for her seed babies, cook up some porridge in The Magic Porridge Pot, harvest an Enormous Turnip, make some delicious Stone Soup to share, and see if you can guess Rumpelstiltskin’s name.

* 10 additional autumn-themed songs, finger plays, and verses

*10 painting and watercolor stories, including both single color and complementary color combinations, along with verses and stories and simple wet-on-wet watercolor instructions.

* 10 handwork activities to complete with your children. Create pom pom animals, forest fairies, gnomes, beeswax leaves, weaving and plaitings, window transparencies, leaf crowns, pounded leaf pictures, autumn pictures, and leaf bowls.

* 10 ideas for modeling with beeswax or other doughs. Step-by-step instructions for apples and pumpkins, leaves, turtles, autumn spice dough, gnome treasure, gnomes, owls, a beeswax cornucopia, autumn spice dough, and how to make impressions of natural materials that will keep forever.

* 10 coloring activities and a coloring verse to set the mood. Create an autumn picture, leaf rubbings, an autumn tree, floating leaves, a magic leaf drawing, and more!

* 10 playtime activities centered around autumn themes. Make a gnome home, crack nuts, plant bulbs, create a wheat window box, do some harvesting, create a large autumn leaf tree, gather natural food for your play kitchen, play some autumn games, create gnome dress ups, and learn to bead.

* 10 nature table ideas. Make some nut children, gnome homes, snails, and felt mushrooms. Preserve some autumn leaves and serve up some fairy tea. Sun dye some autumn silks and lay your handmade seed babies and root children on them.  Light it all up with a turnip lantern and hang a felt leaf garland.

* 10 recipes for cooking and baking as well as a special section on baking bread together.

* And especially for the littlest members of your family, we have 10 baby activities! Create an autumn leaf mobile, a teething gnome, a book for baby, or an autumn print onesie or shirt. Keep baby busy while you’re cooking, make diaper changes fun, sing autumn lullabies and play some autumn lap games when she’s awake. There are also some autumn recipes!

* And finally, enjoy some group activities and outings with friends or a co-op. Have a stone soup party, take a trip to the pumpkin patch or go apple picking, go on an autumn leaf or bird watching  nature walk, have a candlemaking or soapmaking day, explore your neighborhood and local sights, and don’t forget to find the harvest moon.

* And there’s more! There’s directions for a great parent project and poems and blessings to walk you through your day, as well as a list of online resources and a file of autumn photos.

That’s a whole lot of joy for only $15. And don’t forget, you can get all 4 Seasons of Joy books for $50!

Happy Fall!

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