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19 Sensory & Montessori Inspired Fall Crafts & Activities
The past couple of weekends we’ve been on a joyful binge of autumnal family outings and fall themed activities. This has definitely translated into the sort of planned activities we’ve been doing around the house with our little ones.
Which, truth be told — isn’t a constant. While I adore setting up art and craft activities for my tots, I’m also a fan of letting them play freely. I don’t believe children need to be entertained 24/7 (although they can definitely seem to need it at times!) or engaged in learning activities constantly. I like to plan a few special activities a week, usually surrounded around a theme. The season we’re in, a holiday that’s approaching, or something random and fun (think beach crafts in the dead of winter). It’s especially important that the activities we choose can bridge the 20 month age-gap between my littles…for the most part. I also like to let them have activities that they can do on their own, specifically geared towards their stage of development and personal interests.
My planning has become especially organized since my eldest started kindergarten last month. The hour and a half or so in between after-school and dinner-time has proven to be the a great time to do some of these sensory and Montessori-inspired fall themed activities and art/craft projects…
19 Fall Themed Activities For Both Babies & Toddlers!
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Easy Jack-O-Lantern Suncatcher
Have you discovered the awesomeness that is contact paper? In that it’s really versatile to use in making crafts with toddlers? Seriously. So awesome.
Autumn Leaves: 'Stained Glass'
Again. Contact paper. The bomb diggs.
Sparkly No-Carve Pumpkins
A great alternative to pumpkin carving with little ones.
Paper Towel Art
You’ll be surprised how easy it is for your little ones to make these beautiful designs. I’m digging the idea of ripping them up and using them as paper mache to decorate a carve-free pumpkin.
No Mess Halloween Sensory Bin Play
Loving this idea, especially how easy and mess-free it is!
Fall Nature Suncatchers
Paper plates and wait for it…wait for it…CONTACT PAPER! All hail the contact paper for toddler crafts, the end.
Kid-Made Fall Nature Wreath
Go for a hike or a long walk and bring home a bunch of treasures to make this easy, beautiful wreath!
Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough Ornaments
A wonderful sibling activity, one that I can’t wait to do with my own! Hoping to find the time soon.
Pumpkin Printing With Pool Noodles
Easy enough for babies who are just learning to grasp!
Fine Motor Turkey Craft
Get your tot working on their fine motor skills through this cute craft activity. (For my Canadian comrades, given our Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend!)
Apple Pie Dough Recipe
Yum, yum, yum! Lots of room for various role, imaginative and practical life play.
Erupting Fall Playdough
Tons of fun for all ages and so much fun to make!
Play Felt Trees & Leaves
Check out those miniature brooms! I’m a fan of this and the really big felt play scenes that you can put up on a wall at home.
Fall Spice Paints
Learn how you can make these super easy finger and brush paints with stuff you probably already have at home!
Apple Tree Craft
So cute! A great activity to do before or after apple picking or any day really.
Montessori Inspired Food Art
I love how food art increases interest in food with little ones.