We are entering that wonderful time of year, Fall!!! It is one of my favorite seasons, pumpkins, Halloween, the colors, the warmer clothes, I pretty much can’t get enough of it! Getting to incorporate fall into our classroom play invitations has been very fun too!
I set up this simple play dough invitation last week. I flattened out play dough, added fall colored leaves with simple popsicle sticks, peg people, acorn sticks, and pumpkins to the mix too! The kids loved exploring the play dough in a different way. They weren’t manipulating the play dough as much as using it as a canvas to create a fall scene. It got cleaned up and used again and again.
To wrap up some of our discussions of apples we did an apple taste test! The kids got to try as little (or as much!!) of three different types of apples. Then they told me which apple was their favorite and we graphed our answers on a chart. I did this activity with both groups, so they could see which apples were the favorite overall at Crozet PlaySchool!
We also made yarn acorns this past week. I thought that both groups would just Love to dip the yarn pieces into the glue and squeeze off the excess before adhering it to the acorn, but many of the children didn’t like this activity. You can tell who enjoyed it based on the amount of yarn they stuck on their acorn. That is the great thing about process art, they just did as much as they wanted and left the project when they had enough of gluing the yarn.
One of our fall sensory bins was “Bean and Pumpkin Themed.” I filled the sensory tub up with pinto beans, glittery pumpkins and gourds, silk flowers, and lots of different measuring cups. The kids loved scooping and pouring and transferring beans from one cup to another.
The other fall sensory bin was a pumpkin patch. I filled up the bin with rice, pumpkin gems, playmobil people and tractors, and I also found long orange and green spoons that are so inviting to scoop and sift rice with! The kids jumped right in moving the rice around with the tractors and pretending with the pumpkin patch people.
Our pumpkin pie play dough also made its fall debut. I simply used my favorite play dough recipe, added orange food coloring and lots of pumpkin pie spice to the dough. It smells just like a fresh pumpkin pie! On the play dough tray I included, pumpkin toppers on toothpicks, pumpkin and leaf gems, two different silicone wrappers, and lots of craft sticks for cutting and poking in the play dough.
And of course we did some pumpkin stamping with our little mini pumpkins cut in half!
We have had so much fun diving into all things fall!