Fall weather is inviting, it's cooling and breezy, and there's so much beautiful foliage to feast my eyes on! I try to bring Gwen (18 months) out for strolls everyday to enjoy this gorgeous (and fleeting!) season.
On walks, Gwen often picks up lots of nature's bounty, the common ones being pine cones and maple leaves in fall. Putting these little fall treasures into a sensory bin after an outdoor experience helps to extend their recognition of those items, and round off the whole experience of being out in nature! I like to add some coloured water so it gets even more interesting and stimulating.
Fall Soup Sensory Play for Toddlers!
I recommend the play to take place in your bath tub or backyard so it's easy to clean up.
You would require the following:
- Fall objects from nature (Terrific if you could plan an outdoor stroll right before this activity! A mix of items like maple leaves, pine cones, acorns and rocks would be superb for diversity in weight, size, colors and texture.)
- Mini pumpkins, squashes or gourds from the supermart if you have them, to add a festive touch
- A moderately sized tub to contain these fall objects and water
- Red/orange/yellow food coloring (optional, but spices the fall soup up!)
- Cups, bowls, ladles, scoops and other pouring/scooping utensils for object filling and transfer
For water play activities, I like to set them up in the bath tub so all the splash and mess are contained, and I can give my little one a bath right after! You can try that too for less clean-up stress!
Learning Opportunities for this Activity
- Promote imaginary play by getting your little one to pretend the mixture of ingredients is soup and to dish out soup with ingredients into smaller bowls and cups
- Introduce science concepts of floating vs sinking (using maple leaves and pine cones/rocks) and point out ripples made when rocks are thrown into the water in the tub
- Teach about the four seasons at different times of the year and what seasonal change means
- Engage in rich vocabulary dialogues throughout the sensory play to help build language skills
For other fall activities involving nature, try a Fall Tree Craft artpiece.
To follow Gwen's play adventures, check out @miraculove_sg (Instagram) or A Toddler Activity A Day Facebook Group.
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