As you know so much can happen in one week. Although I would like to be able to post all of the great learning activities we are doing each week, I know I won’t be able to do so. Instead I will post a quick wrap-up of some of the highlights of our week. Some of them will be covered in other posts, but the wrap-up will be a place where you can get an idea of what our week looked like as a whole. Enjoy!
This week we explored fall! It may have been close to 90 degrees outside, but we still had fun doing all of our fall activities. Monday we started out with a brand new bin of fall books. Don’t you just love to see your kids discovering new books? I came back from changing the baby’s diaper and found these two cuties reading away.
We did a lot of great sensory activities this week. First we were scientists and explored leaves with our senses. Lovey is trying to find out how they smell.
Our fall sensory bin was a huge hit. The kids really liked the little containers filled with scented cotton balls. We scented them with different extracts that reminded us of fall.
Another one of our favorite sensory activities this week was playing with orange water beads. Well, they ended up orange anyway. They started out as different fall colors but I forgot to read the directions for hydrating them and mixed them all together too soon. Oops! I will try to remember next time.
The kids didn’t care! Tinker chose to play water beads almost daily, and so did the big kids. It was a great quiet time activity while others were still napping. We will keep this bin for our Halloween sensory activities.
We also did some fine motor practice by adding pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to some dry oats. The big kids reviewed letters, made shapes, and created silly faces! Tinker enjoyed exploring the texture and smell.
One of my favorites this week was making pumpkin pie playdough. We used this recipe from Childhood Beckons that I found on Pinterest. It was fun for Lovey and I to cook together, and all the kids really enjoyed playing with it. We added acorns and leaves as mix-ins.
We used our leaf bins to review basic concepts. The big kids searched for the letters that we have learned so far this year.
Tinker searched for colored pom-poms to practice color recognition. Here she found blue!
We were so lucky that Grammie and Hoppie just got back from Michigan. They brought us some beautiful fall leaves! We used them for a lot of activities. Our leaf people craft was inspired by this leaf man puppet.
After spending about half of the week learning about acorns and leaves we did a few pumpkin activities. Everyone liked exploring the pumpkins we have at the house, even Baby Boy.
We combined this too cute for words pumpkin face lacing activity with this name recognition activity and made this adorable pumpkin craft.
No, I don’t have a child named Dean, but I am trying to keep our kids’ names semi-private. Thank you for understanding.
Another way we practiced spelling our names and reviewing the alphabet was by using real pumpkin seeds with letters written on them. The kids had fun playing with the small seeds, and it was great fine motor practice. There are some more ideas for using pumpkin seeds in this busy bag post.
The finale of the week was this easy cooking activity. We made special pumpkin treats for our afternoon snack. They don’t look as beautiful as the original, but they were tasty and the kids had a lot of fun making them together. We even made a few extra to share with the rest of the family!
It was a busy week, but so full of fun and learning.
If you are still looking for fall activities, there are TONS more on my Pinterest board.