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50+ Autumn Activities for Toddlers

Depending on where you live, autumn is starting to creep into the air.

Over here in the south, it’s creeping at a snails pace, but we are welcoming the occasional zip up at the bus stop.

Morning walks before 9 that are not 90 degrees.

…and do I dare say it? - Planning this year’s Halloween costume. Here we were last year on our Instagram account. Nothing says DIY like these robot costumes. 😆

So what better way to welcome the new season, than the best autumn activities for toddlers!

I categorized these activities just the way I would picture you searching for Autumn ideas. Skip the endless GOOGLE search, and come directly here. I have found it all!

  • Autumn Sensory Play

  • Autumn Breakfast Invitations - Wait, what? Start Here.

  • Autumn STEAM ideas

  • Autumn story book retell ideas

  • Autumn books to read aloud

Apple Preschool Activity

It’s apple week at my son’s preschool and boy is he loving it!

Mom! Today I tasted a YELLOW apple! It was soooo good. I didn’t like the green one though…it was too sour.

Apple preschool activities have been such a hit that I wanted to carry the apple theme right on into our next Breakfast Invitation.

Think about it. Apples can be sorted, graphed, explored and tasted.

What’s not to love about that?!

A Fun DIY Game

Let’s bring back the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe!

My rising Kindergartner loves strategy games.

He loves to think about his next move, and he also loves to win. - Which means he could use some practice losing.

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great way to practice both!

Domino Addition Track

Have a child ready to add? Try this domino addition track!

I know my rising Kindergartener is ready to add because he is beginning to automatically recognize “groups of” numbers.

This means he sees a group of four dots and automatically recognizes it as a group of four.

I know my newly four year old is not ready because he is still understanding that the number five actually means FIVE objects.

Even when you think your child has this down, I urge you to keep at it.

Number sense and truly understanding quantity is the foundation of all future math concepts.

Do not rush to addition.

I urge you to take the time touching and counting manipulatives prior addition. The counting bears, pom poms, and magnetic tiles are great tools for this!

So now after that PSA, let’s dive in!

Can You Build It? Great Way to Repurpose Wooden Tracks.

Dig out your wooden toy train tracks!

It’s time to get thinking about lines and shapes.

There was a time when wooden train tracks wrapped themselves from the playroom, straight into the kitchen, and back again.

And guess what?

I kinds miss that. I miss tripping on tracks. I guess in the same fashion that I will also miss stepping on LEGOS. (well, maybe…)

Find the stash of wooden tracks for your next Breakfast Invitation!

A Color Words Breakfast Invitation

Grab your white paper roll and markers. We are going to learn color words by moving!

Yup! That’s right!

Your next Breakfast Invitation will get the little people moving as they learn.

Just like going to a brisk walk fires up our thinking, so does hands-on learning for children. The more we get them moving, the more we can engage and rev up the exploration of new ideas.

And the truth is, doing so is easier to do than you may think! And this color words game is a hoot!

Googly Eyes Count Up

Grab the googly eyes from the Dollar Store. It’s time to get counting!

Lately googly eyes have been following me everywhere.

I found them calling my name at Office Depot, and then again at Dollar Tree.

Well, googly eyes, I see you. I want you. You are now set up for a Breakfast Invitation on my kitchen table.

Apparently this is how marketing works. Welp, they found their target audience and now I am here to pass on the love.

This googly eye preschool counting game is a hit!

Magnetic Measurement for Preschoolers

Find those magnetic tiles! Let’s get measuring.

Sometimes the best Breakfast Invitations are the ones with the least amount of supplies. Here, we are grabbing what we already own (or what we will soon own and have countless amounts of independent playtime with) and setting up in a flash.

Measurement is an important skill that can be practiced now and have a HUGE impact for later.

So grab those magnetic tiles and let’s get started with this preschool measurement activity!

Treasure Map Color Seek and Find Action Adventure

When it comes to your preschooler writing, there is much more you can do than writing letters.

In fact, if you have a preschooler that needs breaks and movements, this Breakfast Invitation is the one for you.

Bottom line, the more you help your child grasp a marker, squirt a water bottle, cut some paper, etc, the stronger their hands get for school age when things become a little (correction: a lot) more demanding.

Mystery Shapes!

Looking for a way to add some excitement with shapes?

There is something about a sense of prediction and surprise that makes learning shapes a lot more fun than what may be drawn on a worksheet.

In fact, a lot of activities are better off not on a worksheet, and it is my mission to help you create more hand-on learning opportunities in your home.

Truth is, setting activities like this one are even faster than pressing print and waiting for it to come out the printer!

A Breakfast Invitation for Two Year Olds

Your two-year-old doesn’t know all their colors?

Guess what?

That is completely okay!

Whether your child can identify colors at 20 months, or begin to catch on at 2.5+, the most important thing to remember is that all children learn their colors over time.

It is also important to understand that even within the same family, you can see large differences on who learned what when.

So do me a favor, and not sweat it!

Instead, join us here to begin to implement fun, hands-on ways to help make learning colors stick and get reinforced.

Hungry Caterpillar Count Up for Your Three Year Old

Need a simple activity to count to ten?

This hungry caterpillar game is a great way to reinforce counting, and gain a better understanding that a group of objects are represented by a number name.

Sounds simple, right?

Not really. The truth is that many times we rush preschoolers right on through rather than taking the time to understand quantity.

We assume just because they can count to ten, they also understand what ten really means. But they don’t always truly understand. And without a solid foundation in how a group of ten is made, taken apart, and built back up again, we are doing a disservice for our children by not taking the time to do this.

So, I am here to help bridge the gap.