Fall Week 13

Fall Week 13: November 26-30

At Real. Meaningful. Family. my goal is to provide information based on research for parents and caregivers, and to create regular opportunity for you to have special together time with your child. Toddlers and preschoolers learn from the environment and daily interactions. We are in no way seeking to create a school-like setting for your young child. Research has clearly indicated that academic learning (think reading, writing, and arithmetic) for these young children is not developmentally appropriate, learning for this age is in the every day details. The activities below have been created as a time to set aside specifically for parents and care givers to have a fun interaction with their children. I would recommend you first prioritize time to read, snuggle, dance, sing, move, rhyme, play, and then add these activities in as you can. Don’t stress… keep it simple, and just be together!
“The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow. But the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.” -Erik Erikson



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!

Fine Motor

Pipe Cleaner Colander

img_1001Pull 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


Pipe cleaners

Developing Skills

Fine motor

Problem Solving

IMG_0657Fall Puzzle

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


Developing Skills

Problem solving, follow through

Early Science & Math

IMG_0599Sort Leaves

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

Developing Skills

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

3 Eggs

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

Developing Skills

Fine motor, early science, early math, communication

Happy playing!


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