Open-ended fall activities
Happy Fall everyone!
In this blog post we want to share some of our favorite open-ened fall activities for all ages.
Fall Treasure Basket
[Best for infants 6 – 12 months]
Preparing a fall sensory activity for your infant can be really easy. Find a low basket and gather safe fall elements with different colors, textures, and sizes. And… allow your little one to explore freely! Although the materials you provide are safe, please, always pay attention to them while playing.
Fall Seasonal Table
[Any age – adapt the elements so it is safe]
A nature table can be as simple as a few elements placed on a shelf, table or tray. You can use seasonal items you find in nature (leaves, acorns, seeds…) but also other loose parts in fall colors. Creating a seasonal table is a beautiful way to connect with nature and the rhythm of the year.
Activities with leaves
- Small World
Use loose parts, figurines, and fall elements to promote small world play
- Fall Journal and Leaves identification
Identify the leaves you collected using a non-fiction book, draw and write about them in your nature journal
- Stamp and paint with leaves
Each child may choose a different way to paint with the leaves, they may stamp them or they may use them as “paintbrush”. Create fall colors with your paint!
- Leaf rubbing
Put a lightweight sheet of paper over the leaf and rub the side of a crayon or an oil pastel gently on the area over the leaf.
- Sensory bin
Hide other fall elements in the leaves and invite children to find them. Add also containers, tongs, and other tools for exploration
Fall foods – Pumpkins and apples
You can investigate fall foods and create so many activities around them. For example:
- Cook a big pumpkin and open it to let children explore the insides. The texture is really great for sensory activities and they can also explore the seeds (be careful with the youngest children when exploring the seeds
- Pay attention to the details and create a watercolor art piece. You can do it with the pumpkin and the apple, and you can also draw the insides, details like the seeds, and even create a whole nature journal with the information
- Golf tees and rubber bands – Invite your children to stick the golf tees to the pumpkin using a hammer. Later, they can create different shapes and decorate the pumpkin with rubber bands
- Make a tasting!
Playdough and loose parts
Playdough is always a good option for art and sensory activities. In this particular activity, we used homemade playdough in which we added orange food coloring and pumpkin spices to make it look and smell like fall. But you can definitely prepare this activity at home with store-bought playdough or clay. We also provided a tray with different loose parts and… that was it! Easy!
If you want to try the homemade playdough, we have an IGTV and a blog post with the step by step instructions. You will only need to add the color and smell that you like.
You can also check our favorite Fall Books in our Amazon Storefront: