Posted in Fall Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Learning Alphabets, Sensory Bin, Sensory Play

Alphabet Sensory Bin

Alphabet Sensory Bin combines literacy & sensory in one. It helps kids learn to identify letters of the alphabet. Before preschoolers learn to recognize and name the letters, they have to learn how to visually discriminate the similarities and differences of each letter.

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What you need

How to

  • Fill the bin with colored rice. We mixed red and yellow to make orange color rice, perfect for fall theme.
  • Add in the letter pieces.
  • Let your LOs find the letters and match it to the puzzle board.

This activity was perfect for Miss A(4) & Miss D(soon to be 3).. A is all about learning alphabets now. She shows more interest in finding letters that make her name, starting letters for all of our names and so on. She tries to identify letters on the t-shirt & is showing more interest in sight words ever since we started our word wall. This activity was perfect for her on all levels. She enjoyed finding and matching the letters to the puzzle board, naming them and also naming few words which started with it. 

D enjoyed scooping, pouring and digging in the rice. She matched the letters to the puzzle and everytime she made a match i asked her what letter it was. She got few right, rest i told her what it was and a simple word that starts with it – ‘O is for octopus’ and she would repeat after me.

A & D sorted the letters by colors. Named the color, counted how many letters where there in each color, which color had more and so on. Then they made an alphabet train and D counted all the letters – she found out there were 26 of them!! Yay! So much learning in such a simple activity and the best part is kids dont even realise they are learning. πŸ˜€ 

Once they were done with the learning fun, they took out the measuring spoons and cups for playing with the colored rice.

Posted in Fall Activities, Montessori, Science Activity, Sorting Activity

Fall Leaves Matching

Fall Leaves Matching activity is great for visual discrimination practice, and can spark discussions about nature and science. πŸ‘ We picked some leaves when we went out for a nature walk almost 2 months back. Then sorted out the leaves with same shapes to use for this activity. With the rest we made a Placemat

What you need

  • Fall leaves – matching pairs, different sizes & shapes
  • Laminator

How to

  • Dry the leaves, laminate and cut around the edges. If your not planning on reusing the leaves you can use them as is. 
  • I laminated mine and its been 2 months now and they still look good.
  • Give the leaves to your LOs & let them find the matching pairs.

Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) showed much interest in this activity. I laminated 12 leaves out of which 5 pairs matched, the other 2 leaves was just to set up some difficultly level. Miss A was able to match the pairs with no help. Miss D enjoyed looking at the leaves and feeling them. We spoke about the different colors, sizes and shapes and why leaves change color and fall out. It was very interesting to see them ask and talk about nature. πŸ˜€ Every now and then Miss A asks for the leaves to do this activity. I wish i had more pairs for her to match. 

Click here to check out our fall leaves placemat.

    Posted in DIY, Fall Activities, Shapes & Colors

    DIY Fall Leaves Placemat

    The weather has been surprisingly warm for fall here. One sunny day we went out for a nature walk and collected some fall leaves in a ziploc. We used few of those to make our own Fall Placemat. It’s been almost a month now and our placemat still looks good. Give it a try, your kids will enjoy it! πŸ˜€

    What you need

    • Fall Leaves
    • Contact Paper
    • Tape

    How to

    • Stick the contact paper on a table or wall sticky side out. 
    • Let your LOs place the fall leaves on the contact paper.
    • Stick another contact paper on top of it, sticky side in. 
    • Seal the sides with tape.
    • Your placemat is ready.

      Miss A(3yrs) spoke about the different shapes, sizes and colors of the leaves as she placed them on the contact paper. We also used a magnifying glass to look at the details in the leaves. This was very interesting for her and she felt so happy about what she did. πŸ˜€ We use it during our evening snack time and its been good so far.. 

        Posted in DIY, Fall Activities, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Halloween Activities, Home Decor, Pumpkin Activities

        DIY Glitter Pumpkins – Toddler Friendly

        Glitter Pumpkins is a simple & easy way to decorate the pumpkin. Bonus, its kid friendly. This looks absolutely gorgeous when done and is a perfect fall decor, indoors or outdoors. Kids of all ages will have fun making them. πŸ˜€

        What you need

        • Pumpkin 
        • Glue
        • Paintbrush
        • Glitter 

        How to

        • Let your kids apply glue on the pumpkin using paintbrush. 
        • Sprinkle glitter over the glue. Let it dry.
        • Use your creativity to make patterns with different color glitters or add sequins, stones to it – The possibilities are endless. πŸ‘

        Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed this activity. They applied glue on the pumpkin and Miss A sprinkled the glitters over it. We let it dry overnight and put it outside on the patio table. It been a couple of weeks now and it still looks perfect! πŸ˜€ We used a tray for our activity to hold glitter spills. You could also take this outside to avoid the mess.

        Posted in Fall Activities, Fine Motor Activity, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Halloween Activities, Pumpkin Activities

        Pumpkin Dots – Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

        Pumpkin Dots is a simple fall activity for toddlers – a cute way to decorate the pumpkins while developing hand-eye coordination, concentration, pincer grasp & color recognition skills.

        What you need

        • Pumpkin
        • Round labels/Stickers
        • Markers

        How to

        • Make dots on the pumpkin using markers.
        • Let your LOs place the stickers on the dots. 
        • You could also use colored markers and labels – let your kids match the colors or use black labels to make a cute Halloween  decor.

        I put up this activity for Miss D(2yrs) because she was feeling left out when Miss A(3yrs) was working on Pumpkin Alphabet Match activity. D was so happy when i gave her the labels to stick on the pumpkin. She covered all the dots perfectly & was able to do it with no help. She repeated this activity by placing matching labels on the ones already stuck on the pumpkin – color matching. πŸ‘ My LOs loved this activity and repeated it on mini pumpkins using princess stickers. They call it Sticker Pumpkins πŸ˜€

        Posted in Fall Activities, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Learning Alphabets, Pumpkin Activities

        Pumpkin Alphabet Match

        Pumpkin Alphabet Match is a fun way for kids to learn their alphabets. This unique alphabet activity is perfect for fall and is great for upper case & lower case letter recognition. Also you can extend the activity to learn phonics. πŸ‘

        What you need

        • Pumpkin
        • Permanent Marker
        • Round stickers/ Labels

        How to

        • Write the uppercase alphabets on the pumpkin using the permanent marker.
        • Write the lowercase alphabets or uppercase alphabets on the stickers/labels.
        • Let your LOs match the letter on the label and place it over the matching letter on the pumpkin.

          Miss A(3yrs) is learning her alphabets and this activity was a great way for her to practice letter recognition. We did uppercase alphabets on both pumpkin & stickers and she matched the alphabets with no help. Everytime she matched the letter she would say what it is and what color the sticker is. Once done, we counted the stickers to find which color we have more. We also played a game, “Find Something” – She would try to find something the begins with the alphabet from her toys, bonus points if shes able to color match with the sticker. For eg. She picked green capsicum for the letter C because it was on the green label, Red Apple for the letter A. πŸ˜€ The stickers can be easily removed, so it can be played over and over again. Soon we will be doing lowercase alphabets on the stickers to match the uppercase alphabets.

            Posted in Fall Activities, Fruit & Vegetable Activities, Halloween Activities, Painting & Coloring Activity, Pumpkin Activities

            Pumpkin Painting – Toddlers & Preschoolers

            Pumpkin Painting is a simple and fun activity for kids of all ages. Even the littlest one can do this if they can handle a paint brush.

            What you need

            • Mini Pumpkin
            • Paint
            • Glue (optional)

            How to

            • Wash the pumpkins and dry them using a washcloth or paper towel.
            • Give paint, brush and let your LOs paint the pumpkins as they desire.
            • Use tempera paint or washable paint for this project. Easy to wash off. We used washable paint. 
            • Mix school glue with paint (1:1), if you want it to last because paint starts to flake off after a couple of days.

            Miss A(3yrs) & Miss D(2yrs) enjoyed painting the pumpkins. They always finish their painting activities by doing a messy hand painting (thats one reason why i did not add glue to the paint) but to my surprise they did not even attempt to do it this time. They asked for more pumpkins instead. They ended up painting 2 each.. Perfect for a simple evening activity. I loved how the painted pumpkins looked after they were dry. πŸ˜€ You can also carve your painted pumpkins for a cute halloween decor.