Tot School Tuesday: Fall

It is finally starting to feel like fall here in Wisconsin which means lots of fun traditions like apple picking, hay rides, and pumpkin patches.  This was the perfect week to do fall themed tot school activities and talk about the changing weather.

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Here were our plans for Fall Week:

And here is what we actually did:
Each day we read a different fall book.  I had a large bin with lots of books to read throughout the day, but here are our 5 favorites:
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro
I See Fall by Charles Ghinga
Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Fall Sticker Pictures:
You can never go wrong with stickers, and they are great for fine motor practice too, especially the foam ones with the peel off backing.  These Fall Leaf Glitter Foam Stickers were so pretty I gave them to Madelynn with some crayons and scissors and let her create whatever her little heart desired.
Dot Painting Fall Tree: 
Painting with a q-tip takes lots of concentration and patience, both of which are great skills for Madelynn to practice.  I started by painting Madelynn's arm brown and stamping it for the tree. Then she used q-tips and fall colors to dot stamp leaves on the tree.  She got a little wild and started painting all over on the side of the page when her patience for dipping and dotting ran out, so we decided that was a leaf pile and it was time to be done with this activity.

Tear Paper Fall Tree:
For this project I printed a pretty black and white tree and let Madelynn tear fall colored construction paper into tiny "leaves" then glue them onto the tree. I find it is easier for her to tear the paper if I first cut it into smaller strips. If she is still frustrated then I start small tear for her as a guide then she usually does a great job pulling them apart.
Blowing Leaf Prewriting:
Madelynn is getting more and more precise with her coloring these days and actually tries to stay within the lines a bit so I decided it was time to try some prewriting tracers with her to get ready for writing letters. I was pleasantly surprised with how well she did. She did ask for me to help her a lot so I did hand over hand writing a few times with her to help build up her confidence to try it herself.
Yarn Wrap Tree:
I found this gorgeous wooden tree cut out in the dollar spot at target and knew I had to find something to do with it this week. I picked up some fall colored yarn and had Madelynn wrap the tree for a fun fall look. It was actually really challenging to help her figure out how to hold the yarn tightly while wrapping the tree.
ABC Leaf Hunt:
Madelynn was a big fan of our number apple hunt, so I thought we'd give it a try with letters. I printed leaves with all of the letters A-Z and hid them around the house. She used the recording sheet and a clipboard to color each letter as she found them.  She searched for about 20 minutes and even found almost all of the letters before she was tired of the game and moved on to something else.
Indoor Leaf Raking:
The leaves haven't quite started to fall here yet, so we had to practice some leaf raking indoors. I scattered Silk Leaves around the living room and gave Madelynn her Plastic Rake. This kept her VERY busy! I only wish we had enough silk leaves to make a fun pile to jump in :)
Leaf Toss & Pick Up:
Using the same leaves from above we had a little fun tossing and picking up the leaves as well. I gave Madelynn a small basket to collect the leaves which she thought was perfect for dumping over her head too.
Fall Krispy Treats:
Rics Krispy Treats are a family favorite around here. Its super easy to modify them for any theme and I love that they are easy for Madelynn to help make. For our fall themed treats we added fall colored sprinkles and used leaf and acorn cookie cutters to make fun shapes.  They didn't last long as we were all snacking on them every day!
Fall Tree Snack:
When I am planning out our snacks I try to find at least a few easy treats that I have all of the ingredients on hand to minimize my running to the grocery store.  Pretzel sticks and rods get used A LOT in our snack so I always have them on hand.  I modeled for Madelynn how to build a tree with the large rods and small sticks then gave her apple jacks for the changing color leaves.  Easy Peasy!
Fall Muddy Buddies:
Peanut Butter and Chocolate, need I say more? Muddy buddies are a childhood favorite of mine and Madelynn had never tried this sugary delicious treat so I figured go big right? We made the regular Muddy Buddy recipe you find on the Chex box and then added fall colored goodness to sweeten it up even more.  I added peanuts, Reese's pieces, mini Reese's cups, and peanut butter chips, because you can never have too much peanut butter!
Fall Snack Mix:
This was another one of those snacks where I just kind of threw in a little bit of everything we had in the house.  In this mix we used Cheerios, Kix cereal, dried cranberries, peanuts, cashews, and Rreese's pieces.
Fall Colors Sensory Bin:
For this bin I started with pinecones from the craft store then threw in lots of small red, orange, and yellow toys that I found around our house.  I printed a simple color sorting mat and gave Madelynn a sorting tray to use as well.
Fall Button Trees:
For this sensory bin I found all the fall colored buttons we had and dumped them on a tray. I twisted some pipe cleaners together to make trees and had Madelynn add the buttons for leaves.
Fall Slime:
Making slime is so much fun, if you've never tried it you are missing out! Here is the recipe I use to make our slime:
First, dissolve 1 tsp of borax powder into 1 cup of water. Next in another bowl measure out about 1/2 cup of clear glue and mix with 1/2 cup of water until well mixed. Then pour the glue/water mixture into borax/water mixture. (If you are adding color add it to the water borax mixture before combining the 2) Last, get messy! That's right use your hand to mix it all together It will start out clumpy but will come together as you mix. There will be water left over that you can toss.  Let the slime sit for a few minutes in a clean bowl and it will be even more fun to play with. For our fall slime I gave Madelynn Fall Acrylic Leaf Table Scatter and let her push the pieces into the slime as well, but you could add it in before mixing or do without. Enjoy!
Fall Pom Pom Bin:
I kept things simple for this bin. All that we used were fall colored pom poms in various sizes and mini silk leaves.  I gave Madelynn a bunch of our sensory bin scoops, bowls, etc and let her explore.

Whew! That's it, we had another busy and fun filled week. If you'd like any of the printables we used this week you can grab them here:

Here is what we have planned for the next 2 weeks:

And the themes that will be coming soon:
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Plans, you can find them all here:


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