Thursday, 25 September 2014

Fall activities for toddlers (take II)

I've been loving making fall activities for toddlers lately! I've had fall on the brain since about mid August and had so much fun preparing all of these works for our Montessori shelves! Mr. Toddler had so much fun with these last week and I am excited to give you a look into our fall themed activities! 

Be sure to read to the end of this post to get your own free printables! Keep in mind that even though I present our works in Russian (the language I speak to my son), I make all of my printables available in English and Russian. This week, I also have a something special available in French and Dutch, as well (the other two languages I also speak fluently). If you have a request for any printables you see on my blog to be translated or made into French, Russian, Dutch or English, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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Arts and crafts


I've been putting an effort into setting up art or craft works for Mr. Toddler. He has been enjoying them, but I am frequently wondering the degree to which I should structure them. For now, it seems that my open ended 'invitations to do art' have him the most amused, and I definitely want to foster his creativity as much as possible! 

For this simple art project, I gathered some red and yellow paint, feathers, pom poms, and a bit of gold glitter. At first, I thought we could get outdoors and enjoy the last few warm days, but as per usual, the Dutch weather one upped me, and it was far too windy - our feathers and supplies kept blowing away and we had to go indoors. 

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Indoors, everything went so much better and Mr. Toddler happily painted with his supplies for almost an hour. Magically, he didn't mind (terribly) that his hands were dirty, and I only had to wipe them off a few times. We had a lovely time exploring colours, objects, and even how we make the colour orange! It was lovely! 

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Nature table and natural playdough exploration 


This nature table and playdough work was one of my absolute favourites! I had so much fun watching Mr. Toddler explore and learn with it! You can read more about what we did and the no cook recipe I used in my Homemade Playdough post.

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Cutting practice


Note: please do this at your own discretion. Mr. Toddler is fairly trust worthy with objects like this (as in, we teach him how to do things safely). Nonetheless, with works like this, I watch him. Very carefully. And don't let him have access to them unless he is supervised. 

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Fine motor practice


I used my fall shapes printables as lacing cards by laminating them, and using a hole puncher to add some holes. I presented red string (keeping it fall themed  and engaging) and let my son pull the string through the holes. 


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I was pretty excited about this feather's transferring work, but Mr. Toddler seems to have gotten tired of all of the feathers activities I have been presenting lately. He chose to do this work once or twice, but didn't bother coming back to it. He definitely has mastered using clothes pins by now, as well. 

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This is pretty straight forward - a fine motor and colour matching work in one! Mr. Toddler was not impressed and didn't chose to do this work once. 

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Like I said above, Mr. Toddler has mastered using clothes pins. We did this work  a few times in order to make sure, but it was clear that works like this are not necessary.

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This hole punching work was another very simple work to prepare, and luckily, Mr. Toddler was definitely engaged by it. Using this fun hole puncher proved to be a little tricky for Mr. Toddler, but he was determined to get it right and had succeeded by the end of the week in doing just that! We ended up with a few yellow and red stars on the floor. 

Math


I used foam numbers and feather counters to reinforce our counting. Mr. Toddler hasn't been too interested in furthering his counting (a bit to my surprise) so this work was more of a lesson. It took only a few minutes for me to show him how many feathers we needed per number, but he at least was engaged for that time.  

Older children, could do this work independently. 


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Sorting

We used the yellow and red leaf cards from my fall themed printables pack to work on solidifying Mr. Toddler's knowledge of red and yellow. 


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Shape practice
  
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The inspiration for this work came from Amruta Ram's Montessori Inspired Youtube page. I love her videos and definitely recommend you visit for some great Montessori activities for toddlers!  

Leaf counters

We used my leaf counters (you can download them below) to practice our numbers 1-10. I had a leaf with dots on it to symbolize the quantity, I wrote the word for each number, and the symbol on the cards. 

This was not only a counting work, but also a colour sorting work and a 1 to 1 correspondence work as Mr. Toddler had to match not only the proper coloured pom poms to each leaf, but also to put them on the dots. 

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Alternative: for older children, you can cut off the numbers from the images and have the children match the symbol to the word. 

This printable is available in English, Russian, French, and Dutch at the bottom of this post.

Yarn writing


I used my fall shapes printables for this work, along with some pieces of red yarn I already had on hand. Mr. Toddler had to trace the shapes with the yarn.



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Today, I am linking up at:  Jolanthe at Homeschool creationsThe KLP linky party hosted by Every star is different and Montessori NatureMontessori MondaysThe Weekly Kids Coop, and the Tot school Gathering Place hosted by Carisa at 1+1+1=1!

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Yuliya