Here is one final week of fall before we move onto new winter activities next week!
I don’t have a planned art activity this week. Catch up on something you missed or pick something that is your child’s favorite!
Pipe Cleaner Colander
Pull out your kitchen colander and some pipe cleaners. Let your child poke the pipe cleaners through the holes of the colander giving them a great fine motor workout!
Stuff to Have
I find it fun to include activities that for the most part fall within the season we are in. We don’t have a fall puzzle, so I decided it should be easy enough to make one. If you don’t want to make a puzzle, no problem. Just do some of the puzzles that you have together. To make our puzzle I freehanded 4 different colored and different shaped pumpkins (you could also do leaves or apples if you want to keep it in the fall theme). I cut out the 1st 4 pumpkins and traced each of them on the same color paper. So, my result was 2 of each color of matching pumpkin. Then, I glued one of each color onto a sheet of paper, and the other 4 pumpkins are left to match up for the puzzle. Whether you are doing your own puzzle or this fall puzzle be interactive and encouraging. If your child becomes frustrated give them some hints- this isn’t a test!
Stuff to Have
8 pumpkins (4 different shapes/sizes, 4 different colors)
1 Piece construction paper
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
Poppyseed Tea Cakes
This is a recipe from my own family archives. Something that we made each year as Christmastime rolled around. This is an old recipe, and sadly I do not know where it originated from.
Mix together ingredients in a large bowl. Grease and flour either 4 small loaf pans or 6 baby loaf pans and pour the mixture evenly into pans, about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Cool for 5 minutes and pour icing over while still in the pans. Let loaves stand for 5 minutes and remove from the pans.
Stuff to Have
For the cakes:
3 c. Flour
1 1/2 t. Salt
1 1/2 t. Baking powder
2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 T. poppyseed
1 1/2 c. Milk
1 1/8 c. Oil
1 1/2 t. Vanilla
1 1/2 t. Butter flavor
1 1/2t. Almond flavor
For the Icing:
1/4 c. Orange juice
3/4 c. Sugar
1/2 t. Vanilla
1/2 t. Butter flavor
1/2 t. Almond flavor
Fine motor, early science, early math, communication
Add on Activities
Large Motor: One of the most important thing we can do for our kids is getting them to use their large muscles! Running, jumping, climbing, throwing & kicking a ball, tossing leaves that have fallen, going for a walk, riding a trike… Large muscle movement is beneficial for muscle and brain development!
Music and Rhymes: I like to find different Fall themed music and rhymes online. 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 books about fall in your area, but mostly just read! With toddlers especially it isn’t about necessarily 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!
We are also now on Facebook! For more tips about play, these activities, large motor, music and rhymes, and book ideas check out the Real. Meaningful. Family. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/realmeaningfulfamily/
Mostly enjoy your child and happy playing!