Trace around your child’s hands on construction paper. We used 3 different colors of paper for our wings, so I traced around my son’s hans 3 times, once per sheet of paper. Cut out the hand tracings. While you’re doing this, your child could color their toilet paper roll brown or orange if they want. Now show your child the back of the “turkey” and explain that he can glue the wings onto the back. Let him experiment with the gluing, picking which wings to put on next, and then sticking them on.
Once the wings, or feathers, are stuck on, your child can add the face to the front. Talk about what goes on a face and where it goes, but don’t be discouraged if the turkey’s face ends up a little abstract. Learning how to construct a face will come with time. This is just good practice!
Stuff to Have
1 Empty toilet paper roll
Construction paper (various fall colors)
1 small orange triangle (for beak)
2 precut orange feet
2 craft eyes, or eyes from construction paper (a hole punch works well for this)
Fine motor, shapes, construction of a body
Pour 1 or 2 bags of dry beans into a large container. Provide spoons, bowls, cups, tongs, or anything else your child would enjoy digging through beans.
*Variation: Provide a separate bowl to scoop beans into with the utensils. Or for older children provide a muffin tin or ice tray to sort beans by shape and color.
*Variation: Add a problem solving element by putting small toys or objects in the bean container for children to find.
Stuff to Have
-1 or 2 bags of dry beans
-Large open container
-Cups, bowls, spoons, strainers, etc. (Be creative and change it up each time you do this!)
Fine motor, sensory
Darken a room that is familiar to your child and has familiar objects in it. Sit down somewhere comfortable and let your child use the flashlight to find various objects. Older children will love having you name some of their favorite toys or special objects and using the flashlight to find them. While younger children might not grasp the concept of finding things with the flashlight you can demonstrate and begin that problem solving concept. If they are only interested in playing with the flashlight that is fine too- they are still always learning and building new concepts. Just take care to help them avoid looking directly at the light.
Stuff to Have
-Darkened, familiar room
Problem Solving, follow through
Early Science & Math
You can either collect fall leaves while on a nature walk or you can purchase craft fall leaves. Allow your child to sort through the leaves making piles by size, shape, and color. The younger the child is the less we are interested in them doing it “right.” For all ages let them explore the textures and the colors.
Stuff to Have
Fall leaves collected from nature or fall craft leaves
Colors, size, shape, problem solving
Cooking & Baking
Choose a Favorite Fall Treat
I love including chances for your child to get involved picking something to make. It lets them use that budding independence and they will have so much fun getting to watch their choice start from nothing to a tasty treat!
Large Motor: One of the most important things we can do for our kids is getting them to use their large muscles! As it starts to get cooler it is sometimes harder to get them moving as much, but there are a lot of fun indoor activities that you will both enjoy. Try toddler yoga, keeping a balloon up in the air, or having a dance party to some fun kids music. Then, when it’s warm enough, take advantage of the outdoor space and get them running, jumping & climbing. Large muscle movement is so beneficial for muscle and brain development!
Music and Rhymes: I like to find different Fall themed music and rhymes online, and as we get closer to Thanksgiving add in some songs about turkeys and Thanksgiving dinner. There are a lot of fun resources with great familiar rhymes and tunes to incorporate in your day. But keep in mind it isn’t necessary to have a sit down and sing time (this isn’t preschool or kindergarten!) Just incorporate singing, music, and dancing throughout your day!
Books: I find it is easiest to head to the library and pick out some fall themed books. Find your child’s favorite character as they experience fall, find fun books about Thanksgiving dinners and silly turkey’s, but mostly just read! With toddlers especially, it isn’t about reading all of the words, it’s more about letting them experience the book, point out what you see in pictures, connect it to their life, ask questions, and let them take the lead!
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Mostly enjoy your child and happy playing!