EXPLANATION & INFORMATION
Look for these illustrated books at your local library to teach your children about the Autumn Equinox and some general traditions associated with it in various cultures:
- “We Gather Together” by Wendy Pfeffer (for ages 4-8)
- “The Autumn Equinox” by Ellen Jackson (for ages 9-12)
- “Harvest” by Kris Waldherr
- “By the Light of the Harvest Moon” by Harriet Ziefert (for ages 3 – 7)
- “Wild Child” by Lynn Plourde (for ages 3 – 8)
- Help grown-ups with bringing in the harvest (or shopping for it at the farmer’s market) and with cooking the Harvest Feast.
- Have your own Autumn Equinox ritual.
- Heathens honor the Álfar (Elves) at Haustblót (Autumn Sacrifice). The Álfar are ancestral fathers and nature spirits. Make a little altar in your backyard with a flat stone and offer baked treats and other goodies.
- Make a Harvest Doll.
- If the leaves have changed color where you live, make Autumn Leaf Crowns. And make leaf stained glass by ironing leaves between 2 pieces of wax paper.
- Make a harvest necklace; soak a variety of large beans until they are soft enough to be pierced through with a needle, and string the beans onto dental floss.
- With help from a grown-up, make a bread cornucopia. Fill it with local fruits and veggies to be the centerpiece of your harvest supper.
- Find harvest scenes to color online: Harvest Interactive Harvest Color Book Pages for Kids.