Fall Week 5

Fall Week 5: October 1-5

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

Art

Torn Paper Apple

img_0992Cut out an apple shape from white construction paper. Just freehand it the best you can. You can make it small or big, but just remember a bigger space to fill in can seem overwhelming to a toddler or a preschooler. I would recommend a medium sized apple.

Collect either red or green construction paper, whichever your child prefers, and bottle of glue or glue stick and you are ready to go.

Your child can tear up the colored paper into small pieces. Once they get the hang of it, tearing paper is really fun for kids, but it does take a lot of fine motor strength. If your child is having trouble ripping the paper, get some spots started for them to make it a little easier. Show your child how to use the glue then to stick on the colored construction paper pieces to “color” their apple. This is a good activity combo of different fine motor work and artistic expression.

Stuff to Have

White and red/green construction paper

Glue or glue stick

Developing Skills

Artistic expression, fine motor, colors, gluing

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

Colander

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 mathcing 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

Glue

Developing Skills

Problem solving, follow through

Early Science & Math

Pumpkin Patch Match

Prep your paper pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. Have between 3 and 5 of each color and several different sizes. You can lay out the pumpkins and your child can match pumpkins based on size and/or color.

Stuff to Have

Paper pumpkins, various sizes and colors (I free hand my pumpkins and cut out)

Developing Skills

Early math, color recognition, fine motor

Cooking & Baking

Donut Hole Acorns

img_1055To make about 10 donut hole acorns, melt about 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips in the microwave. Do 30 second increments at half power and stir in between. Once those are melted, grind about 1/4 cup peanuts in a food processor (if you don’t have a food processor you could just chop the nuts finely).

Now your child can dip the top of the donut holes into the chocolate first and then in the chopped peanuts.. I tell my kids to just put a hat on the donut hole. Set the “acorns” on parchment paper, and then in the refrigerator to completely cool. And that is it! You have cute little, edible, donut hole acorns!

Stuff to Have

Donut holes

1/4-1/2 c. Chocolate chips

1/4 c. Peanuts

Developing Skills

Fine motor, sensory, early science, early math, communication


Happy Playing!

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