Fall Activities For Toddler And Preschool

Fall season is fast approaching! Sooner the feel of summer will be gone and will be replaced by those crisp autumn leaves everywhere. My preschooler now 41 months, started going to Casa part time, had a wonderful moment in her new environment. She is homeschool every Monday and Tuesdays so we have ample time together to sit and do our fall arts and works after her school hours.

I set up our fall shelves for her to work on during homeschool days and also for her after school activities. Her favorite activities are painting and pasting. Below are our fall activities perfect for toddler and preschoolers. These activities are great in practicing fine motor skills.

FALL ACTIVITES FOR TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL

Fall Wreath

Materials: Wooden ring, Glue, die cut fall leaves (it can be a cloth, plastic or felt)

Finished work!

  • Wooden Jack O Lantern Lawn Decor

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This is messy but it’s a fun activity to work with your child!

We’re still working on our fall and Halloween activities this month so I will continue to add more activities each time we finished working with another work. Follow my blog for more Montessori inspired activities and curriculum!

 

Montessori Inspired Bird Unit for Preschool

One of the best part about spring is the significant presence of different kinds of birds flying around and singing at the garden. This is the perfect time to let children explore and discover more about birds.

Here quite few of the activities we have at home for my 3 year old daughter. She had fun matching all the different kinds of birds with the three part cards.

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A yellow warbler matching card with object and bird puzzle

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This is our Bird unit shelf

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I gave her a basket with shredded manila paper as a birds nest

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She curiously matched all the birds with the bird cards

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She lay all the birds three part cards on our coffee table while getting the birds from the nest one at a time

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“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”

-Maria Montessori

LadyBug Unit And Activities For Preschool 3 to 5 Year Olds

This week we are learning about the lady bug. My daughter loves lady bug so much! I have the perception that if a child was born during spring season, it will be natural for her to love those living things and natural creations we see during this season. One day we’re walking along our local shop and she spotted a lady bug wing. To my surprise, she tries to pull me and ask me to hurry up toward the bottom isle. I realized she found a lady bug wing! At first she don’t have the idea that it is a dress up wing to put on. So I put it on her back and guide her to the mirror to show how it looks like to be a little girl with a lady bug wing. The result is priceless! She was mesmerized by it. She’s been looking at the mirror repeatedly then turning around and again stop to glance to see the little lady bug girl in front of the mirror. It is indeed a perfect time to study and explore about bugs most specially when the garden plants blooms beautifully!

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Because she’s fascinated with the lady bug, I gather my learning materials for the month of May focusing on the things we usually see during spring time. We will start to learn about the lady bug. This is good for preschoolers and kindergarten ages 3 to 6 years.

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Ladybug

Ladybug: Scientific name “coccinellidae” is a widespread family of small beetles ranging from 0.8 to 18mm. There are about 5000 different species of lady bug around the world. Ladybug are also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles. Ladybug appear as half-spheres tiny, spotted, round or oval-shape domes. They have short legs and antennae.

Materials

Montessori Lady Bug Puzzle, parts of the lady bug sheet, movable alphabet 

Points Of Interest 

  • The different parts of the ladybug looks different.
  • Different colors of lady bug.

Direct Aim

  • Development of an appreciation for ladybug.
  • Development of the powers of observation.

Indirect Aim

  • The names of the parts of the ladybug.

Control Of Error

  • The interlocking of the puzzle pieces.

LadyBug Unit And Activities For Preschool 3 to 5 Year Olds

Presentation

Invite the child to sit with you with the material on the rug. Say “I would like to talk about the parts of the lady bug today.” Place the lady bug sheet in front of the child. Name each parts of the ladybug slowly and clear. I then show the wooden ladybug puzzle to a child with the parts that similar to the sheet I presented like the head, legs and wing. Allow the child to remove the parts of the puzzle and replace them. Encourage the child to repeat removing the pieces of the puzzle with the addition of naming the parts of the ladybug.

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Language and Sensorial– I took the lower case /l/ from my sandpaper letter box and stroke gently from top to bottom using my two index fingers. Make sure the child watch carefully your fingers from top to bottom while saying the /l/ sound.

Note: When I present to a child, I don’t use too much words. Try to use simple and few words.

Books and References

This are the books we enjoy to read while learning all about the Ladybug!

“The development of articulate language takes place in the period between the age of two and the age of seven: the age of perception in which the attention of the child is spontaneously turned towards external objects and the memory is particularly tenacious.” (p.315 TMM)

May Montessori Inspired Theme And Activities For Preschool

This month of May we will be focusing on themes that we usually do during spring time season. I gather books and activities that best suited for this month and age appropriate for preschooler. My daughter Audrey’s sensitive period for language is at it’s peak at the age of three. Although she started to recognize patterns of the words at the age of 19 months, she’s still learning to read long words. I take advantage of this period by collecting books related to our month of May unit of studies. So here’s a preview of our May theme.

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1. Lady Bug

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2. Fruit & Vegetables 

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3. Backyard Birds

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4. Trees

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5. Butterfly

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Books and references

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All of this five units are our focus this month of May with fun activities and songs that your kids will love too! Here is what our book shelf looks like for month of May. Each unit has its specific rows. We will start with the lady bug theme next week. Follow my blog for more ideas and inspirations.

Montessori Inspired Garden Activities For Toddler And Preschoolers

Gardening and gardening with kids are both therapeutic, fun, educational and worth the time spent with it. My parents told me that if you have a green thumb it can be really beneficial if you love gardening. In my homeland, my late father had established an area to grow what we eat like banana, taro leaves and crops such as sweet potato and cassava. I grew up with a memories of gardening with my family. Here in the US, We live in a tropical state where palm trees, flowers and variety of plants blooms beautifully. Together with the whole family, spending our time outdoors working at the garden are always a memorable one. I cherish those moments I’m helping my Dad to grow fruits and vegetables at our backyard. This memories stays with me forever and to keep those memories alive, I am sharing our precious moments at the garden with my now three year old daughter Audrey. This activities are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Small objects such as glass beads are choking hazards so take extra precautions for your littles.

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It is true that man has created enjoyments in social life and has brought about a vigorous human love in community life. But nevertheless he still belongs to nature, and, especially when he is a child, he must needs draw from it the forces necessary to the development of the body and of the spirit.” Dr. Maria Montessori (p153 tmm)

Montessori Inspired Garden Activities For Toddler And Preschoolers

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  • Decorating the patio– Giving child a task like decorating the patio is something that gives them a sense of responsibility and self confidence.

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  • Creating a mini garden– This is a fun activity for sensory play in the garden. I give her some glass beads, pebbles, rough stones, miniature fairy garden set and a mini pool. Then I show her how I decorate and place it in bin with stones. This mini pool or tub is her favorite hang out in our garden. She can play there for hours without interruptions just toss some ball, pool noodles, rubber duckies and other toys. You can also convert this into a reading area just place some blanket or picnic mat and throw pillows on it!

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  • The best shoe is no shoe at all! According to expert Tracy Byrne specializing in podopaediatrics, walking barefoot develops the muscles and ligaments of the foot, increases the strength of the foot arch, improves proprioception or the awareness of where we are. With this theory, I believe every child belongs to nature.

But it for the physical life it is necessary to have the child exposed to the vivifying forces of nature, it is also necessary for his psychical life to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of nature.” Dr. Maria Montessori (p155 tmm)

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  • Grounding- Let children walk barefooted in a grass, beach sand, soil and smooth stones.

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  • Smelling flowers and herbs– A good activity to exercise sensory perception for your little ones. Choose plants in your garden that are safe for children.

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  • Child size patio and pool– I set up this cute mini patio area to give her a personal space to play, read and explore something new to her. I also place some child size chair, her gardening pail, mini bird house that she painted recently and a picnic mat to hang out or just simply lay there at night for moon and stars sighting. Of course the mini pool was her favorite play area.

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  • Insect observation– Observing ants in an ant hill. She knows that stepping on an ant hill would hurt her feet so she’s really careful not to step on it.

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  • Cutting leaves- A good activity to strengthen hand muscles. You can also find more inspirations and ideas from my blog “15 Effective Fine Motor Activities”.

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  • Painting a bird house- Kids love to paint. A wooden unfinished birdhouse is an excellent tool to let your child engage in an activity that strengthen their hand muscles and at the same time fuel their creativity by deciding what color to apply and materials to put in it for decoration.

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  • Writing/Drawing/Doodling on a chalkboard, white board or doodler pad– Also a fun tools to use during summer. I move this easel whenever we have an activity like painting, tracing, drawing and even just to hang a leaves to dry. I just put a string and tiny clips on it. A colored chalk, washable pens and markers, paints, stencils are best match with this fun activity outdoors.

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  • Watering the plants- Children naturally loves to help and contribute to our daily task. This simple task can be an exciting part of a child’s development that they can apply as they grow older.

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  • Weeding– Another task that she loves to do at the garden. I gave her the smallest weeder I saw at our backyard. For her this is part of her fun outdoor play but next thing you know, your child will be volunteering to do garden works for you!

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  • Let them explore– Observe, keep your distance, don’t talk. Let the child concentrate on something interesting to her.

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“The human being is a united whole, but this unity’s to be built up and formed by active experiences in the real world, to which it is led by the laws of nature.” (The Absorbent Mind p.203)