Thursday, 11 September 2014

Fall activities for toddlers

I love fall. A lot. That means that I am just a little bit obsessed with coming up with fall activities for toddlers. It's always been such an exciting time - I love seeing all of the beautiful colours as the leaves change, I love that it's cooling down, and I can feel the excitement of the holidays and busy season approaching. I can't wait to bundle up with a warm blanket, a cup of tea, and start knitting my the newest hat, blanket, or scarf creation. 

This fall unit has been something I've been planning for a while, but procrastinated on setting it up. I knew I wanted it to be done post birthdays so I could really enjoy it with my kiddo. There's always something about this time of year that makes me want to slow down even though I know that approaching holidays basically equal madness. But! This unit is definitely something that I am proud of, not just because of the effort I put into planning it and making printables, but because I accomplished a big goal of mine for this school year: 

I finally slowed down. 
This has been one of my favourite sets of works because I really focused on my son, tuned out that annoying voice in my head reminding me about piles of laundry, and just worked with my son, or creepily took photos of him working without him noticing. It was awesome! 

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Here's a look at our week! 


Arts and crafts


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Final product hung proudly on display: 


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Colors



I made a quick felt bag for us to use during our lessons. I loved that this a) took about ten minutes to glue together and b) that Mr Toddler got to explore all sorts of fun objects I stashed inside while I snuck in some buttoning practice. 


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Just for fun


We went on a nature walk (say once a day) and had loads of fun riding around on Mr Toddler's big birthday gift from Daddy and I - a tractor with pedals! He has been having a blast on  and it fits perfectly with our fall theme! 

The other super exciting thing happening this week is that there is loads of construction being done on our street. Mr Toddler has been beyond excited to watch the excavators and bulldozers doing their work. We even ended up taking a few toy excavators and tractors on our front lawn to play with while watching them (still from a safe distance but there's loads of lawn).  


Math


We used homemade foam paper numbers and pom poms to count to five. He can do it, loves repeating after me, and sometimes counts on his own, but I still don't think he really understands. Activities like this will be happening a lot. 

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I cut out some felt shapes and shape matching cards (to download your own printable, go to the end of the post).

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Practical life


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I presented this activity with two bowls. Mr. Toddler was supposed to spoon the pom poms into both bowls. He's still not into pouring/spooning/scooping/etc into more than 1 bowl. 

What I really liked was that this was also a coloring sorting work. I put one yellow pom pom and one red one into each bowl, and Mr Toddler had to spoon the proper colors into each bowl - it's something we will need to work on some more or with other manipulatives. All he wanted to do was pour them from one bowl to another.  

Pre-reading


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We worked on letter recognition with the Russian alphabet flash cards I had made before. 

Pre-writing 


I also made a tracing printable (available at the end of the post). 

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Sensorial


I made some red felt leaves to go along with our theme. Mr Toddler loved digging them out of this bucket that I filled with black beans. 

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This is also a sorting activity as I asked Mr Toddler to sort the leaves after removing them from the bucket. He really enjoyed this one, and returned to it multiple times! 

Printables


Please note, I have changed the way I offer my printables - from now on, they will be now available to download via my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I will continue to offer a large portion of my printables for free, but will be using this platform instead. I have already started adding printables for older kids, too! If you have any troubles downloading, please let me know!

I have another week's worth of activities and printables with a similar theme to share next week, too so be sure to come back on Tuesday and Friday for more Montessori inspiration!

For more toddler activities, please be sure to visit my toddler activities page! For even more inspiration, be sure to checkout my tot school pinterest board. Let's stay connected! Don't forget to visit Welcome to Mommyhood's new facebook page!

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Yuliya