Young children learn through experience and discovery, and fall is a wonderful time to encourage that. There are so many amazing smells, colors, and textures that the possibilities for play time are virtually endless. I’ve gathered up five Fall activities for babies and toddlers that are easy to put together and will engage your baby’s senses.
While you’re in the mood for Fall, here are some Fall family traditions so you can start creating lifelong memories!
Give your toddler a list with pictures of fall related items they can find either out in the backyard or around the house. Have a box that they can put the items into. Outdoor examples include different color leaves, pinecones, and acorns. Kids this age love “helping” with tasks so they will get a thrill out of searching and finding the items. At the end of the scavenger hunt, you can either put the items in a jar and make a fall centerpiece or they can help you hide all of the items again for another kid to find.
Play dough is a great sensory activity because of the fun texture and the encouragement of the use of motor skills. This homemade dough is even better because it is void of any harmful chemicals and you also don’t have to worry about it getting into your little one’s mouth. Make your play dough fall themed by adding fall spices like Cinnamon and Cocoa. The spices will also turn the play dough into pretty colors, adding to the sensory experience. Give the kids popsicle sticks, rocks, leaves, etc. to press into the dough and make fun patterns and shapes.5 Easy Homemade Fall Activities For Babies And Toddlers Click To Tweet
This activity is fun for kids and parents! All it requires is a pumpkin, some baking soda, vinegar, and a little dish soap. Young babies to toddlers will be wowed by the foamy “explosion,” and then can even have a little fun playing with the bubbles, too. There’s also a cool science lesson in there for older brothers and sisters! For full instructions and information, click here.
Now is the perfect time to introduce new and exciting foods to your baby or toddler. There are so many pretty and tasty foods this time of year. You should consult your pediatrician before you begin solids, but babyledweaning.com is a great resource for learning how to safely feed your baby solid food. Easy but delicious fall foods that you can steam so that they are soft enough for baby include apples, pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes. Don’t forget to add your favorite seasonings and make it a feast fit for a king (or queen)! Toddlers will love “helping” you cook the foods.
This is another nature related activity- fall is the best time to be outdoors! Collect sticks, feathers, pinecones, leaves, or any other lightweight objects you and your child can find outside. Tie two sticks together in an “X” position and then tie string around the objects you collected. Tie those objects to the sticks so that they dangle down to create a fun mobile and hang it somewhere in the house or outside to catch a cool autumn breeze.
Many special memories are waiting for you this fall, so get out there and explore, create, and enjoy being together — and try out some of these fall activities for babies and toddlers!