Saturday, 7 November 2015

5 Autumn Activities for 1 Year Olds

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds


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.

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds

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. 

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds, autumn play dough


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.

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds, leaf painting

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds, leaf painting

4. Autumn Sensory Bags

This is a fantastic tactile activity for little fingers, using your autumn items. First you'll need a strong ziplock bag, spoon in some hair gel (the cheap stuff you get in tubs is best) and then pop in the Autumn treasures. You can stick them to a table, a light box or on a door as we did and allow little one to explore with their fingers.

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds, sensory bags

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds, sensory bags

5. Leaf Crunching 

When your leaves have dried out, its time to go leaf crunching. Scatter your leaves across a hard floor (the kitchen is probably best) and get crunching. A fantastic rainy day activity for a bit of outside-in fun! Take off their socks and see how it feels on their little toes!

autumn activities, activities for 1 year olds, leaf crunching


What Autumn activities have your little ones 
been up to this season?


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34 comments:

  1. We love indoor Autumn activities and this is a great list! We made an Autumn Mandala out of leaves and decorated our floor! #Justanotherlinky

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  2. These look great - love the hair gel sensory idea. #justanotherlinky

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  3. These are all brilliant ideas! I'm going to try them out, thanks so much for sharing #KCACOLS

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  4. Some great ideas here. I just wish the rain would hold up for a couple of days here so everything wasn't quite so soaking wet.

    #SundayStars

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    1. That's true!! We were lucky to collect these at the beginning of Autumn when it was still quite dry :)

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  5. These are great ideas and so easy to do it! I also have a 1 year old at home so I will try this list!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. So happy to have you back this week. :-) xx
    http://www.amomentwithfranca.com/

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  6. What fab ideas :) We have collected so many leaves so we can get creative to make a masterpiece! #FartGlitter

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  7. Oooh, great ideas. I was just beating myself up for not doing any sensory play with our tot for a while and now you've given me some ideas. Plans for the next few days- thank you and thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x

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  8. What great ideas, will try some of these out. #fartglitter

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  9. What gorgeous photos Lianne, your little one is adorable! I could imagine kids (and myself!) being entertained for hours with all the autumn leaves and conkers.

    Kirstie | www.kimamelybeauty.com

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  10. Ohh some fab ideas here - we did some leaf crunching at a toddler group and we've made pictures using leaves but the sensory bag idea is great. Must give that ago. Might pick up some supplies to make them tomorrow. #fartglitter

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  11. What a fantastic ideas! Autumn activities is a hoot here too. Nothing can beat autumn treasures, my daughter loves them, she is four now and we've been challenging ourselves for daily autumn outdoor activities during the half term holiday. xx

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  12. Great set of Autumn activities! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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  13. Lovely ideas! Particularly like the leaf painting! #cssupport

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  14. We had a pile of leaves for the monsters too, every time we went out anywhere they would bring a load back with them! And had loads of conkers hanging around too! Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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  15. What fantastic ideas. I love the idea of the lead crunching in the kitchen and the autumn sensory bags look so much fun. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. I am sorry that I am so late commenting. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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  16. What fantastic ideas. I love the idea of the lead crunching in the kitchen and the autumn sensory bags look so much fun. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. I am sorry that I am so late commenting. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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  17. These ideas are awesome! I love Autumn, there's so many bits and pieces you can find in nature to make crafts from.

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  18. Im wondering whether these would keep Steve amused ha... I do love leaf painting x

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