We've been getting busy this Autumn time. I've put together 5 simple activities for you to do indoors with your toddlers, to stimulate them, allow them explore nature and build on their fine motor skills.
They're super easy activities using everyday household items and autumn items.
Explore your back garden, take a walk to the park or anywhere you might find fallen treasures, there are SO many fun things you can do with your treasures!
1. Exploring Autumn Treasures
Collect and explore autumn items such as dry leaves, conkers, acorns, twigs, pine cones, empty snail shells etc. Give them a rinse before allowing little ones to explore and make sure you're sat closely, supervising so nothing goes in the mouth. (I washed them and left them all to dry out over night)
This is a simple activity that will last as long as little one wants it to. It allows them to discover natural materials, different textures and a great way to build on their fine motor skills.
2. Autumn Playdough
Another way to explore these items are with homemade play dough. You can add autumn colours and autumnal scents (cinnamon or vanilla would be great) or keep it natural like I did. The mixture of textures is great and keeps little ones busy touching, feeling, prodding, sticking, building for a while. I added a muffin tray and we made play dough cakes, which Taylor loved.
3. Leaf Painting
We're lucky that we live close to, now I want to say Maple trees, but I'm no expert and I'm not 100% sure what kind of trees they are, maybe you can help me? :) They have HUGE leaves. Taylor loved collecting them, we had a big bag full! We took them home and let them dry out for a few days before painting them. This was Taylor's first painting experience so he wasn't quite sure about it. But a few squirts of different coloured paints on a flat plate, some brushes and the leaves make a great creative activity and we stuck them on the back door once they were dry.