Are you looking for ways to keep your little ones hands busy and quietly practicing fine motor skills this fall? I love to set out intriguing invitations to play for our children. This autumn leaves busy box activity inspired so much learning as we played!
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Have you unfortunately noticed that kids love to pull wipes out of the box or empty an entire box of tissues? I put this natural curiosity to work to benefit our kids' fine motor skills by filling an empty, cleaned baby wipes container with fake autumn leaves! They couldn't resist wanting to see what was inside when I explained the game!
As they pulled out the leaves, we named the colors. We discussed how the leaves on the trees change in the fall (and how and why for our older daughter)! We used prepositions such as in and out to describe where our leaves were in relation to the box.
We matched leaves by color and shape. Of course, when we pulled all the leaves out the kids wanted to take turns refilling the empty wipes container. We counted our leaves as we put them back in. Now that we've explored this activity together I can present it to the kids again for independent or partner play while I get a few things done in the meantime!
Looking for more ways to keep your kids actively engaged and learning this season?
From left to right:
Halloween Words // The Pleasantest Thing
Fall Leaves In and Out Activity // Still Playing School
Pumpkin Alphabet Puzzles // Modern Preschool
Sunflower Playdough Mats for the Numbers 1-10 // Life Over Cs
Fall Leaves Quiet Book // Teach My Mommy
Pumpkin Count and Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Apple Fine Motor Play // Adventures of Adam
Free Fall Themed Mazes // Powerful Mothering
Free Pumpkin Colors Booklet // Stay At Home Educator
Fall Nature I Spy Bottle // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Fall Alphabet // Preschool Inspirations
Fine Motor Spider // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Pete the Cat Pumpkin // Think Magnet
Fall Interactive Book // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Free Pumpkin Number Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Fall Playdough Busy Bag // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Counting with Acorns // Play and Learn Everyday
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