Posted by Abby Branham
I’m always looking for hands on sensory activities to nourish my daughter’s developing minds, bodies, and souls. Today’s post is no different and is devoted to all things Fall. Honestly, I hand picked these activities because I am excited to do them too! The best part is that most of the materials are found in nature, and what is more invigorating than a walk in the crisp, Fall air to collect your craft supplies. These crafts can be adapted to make them age appropriate for any child. Click on the subject headings in pink to go to the tutorials for each activity.
And last but not least, I am sharing the bird feeder activity that I wrote about in my 7 Rainy Day Activities For Kids post earlier this year. This one is an oldie but a goodie and it is a calming, fun activity for the entire family. I’ve done this with pine cones, which are more decorative, but using a cardboard tube from a paper towel roll is probably easier for toddlers.
The supplies you’ll need are:
- center cardboard tube of a paper towel roll
- baking sheet
- bird seed
- parchment paper
- freezer bag
Set out the baking sheet as their work space (aka, mess catcher). Put some peanut butter in a bowl that will be easy for toddlers to scoop. Use a spatula to scoop and spread the peanut butter on the cardboard tube. Next, put bird seed on the baking sheet, and shake the seed so that it is evenly spread. Now roll the tube through the seed. The seed will adhere easily to the sticky peanut butter. Punch holes in the tube to attach the twine. Roll the tubes in some parchment paper, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze them. I do this to freeze the peanut butter so that on a hot day it won’t drip off of the tube immediately. I love to put these out in the winter time, but you can put them out whenever you like. Be sure to find the perfect spot for your simple bird feeder, hang it, and observe as new feathered friends arrive.
We love quietly watching the birds come to our window. We have a lot of sparrows. Birds are very interesting and entertaining creatures, and, fortunately or unfortunately, squirrels can be too!
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