Fall means chilly days, wearing sweatshirts again, lovely trees, raking (ugh!), and...fun fall crafts! (Of course!) What do you most look forward to about fall?
Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, the colorful leaves, Kay playing in those colorful leaves. So my highlights for this week should come as no surprise - fun fall crafts!
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Playing with her toy cars and trucks is one of Kay's favorite things. She doesn't even need any extras - just the vehicles themselves. But even she likes to mix things up every once in a while, and add new things to the car play. Some of these might seem obvious, some your child may have already come up with, but all are kid-approved and sure to please for little car-fan!
For Christmas, we did our own version of Elf on the Shelf. Not as a discipline thing ("Ooh, I wouldn't say that in front of the elf") but more as a fun tradition. Each day Ella Elf came with a note and a fun activity or treat. Some mornings she was climbing the Christmas tree, sometimes sleeping in the dog bed, but she always had a little letter with something fun to do. Kay looked forward to it each morning.
Last week we shared some fun general apple-themed ideas. This week we're sticking with the apples, but it's all about literacy. Letters, sight words...and the tasty fruit too!
This month for Project: Recycle & Create, we're thinking about creative ways to re-purpose grocery bags, both paper and plastic. This simple idea turns a paper bag into a card.
To be honest, when we go to the park, I'm usually thinking that maybe I'll get a few minutes (or more!) to sit in the shade while Kay runs around, works off some of her energy, and befriends every child she meets. I'm not usually thinking about learning at that point.
But we went on a shape hunt one day when no one else was there to play with. And it was so simple!
We're big on play-based learning over here at P is for Preschooler (it's even in our tag line - that makes it official!). But why is playtime such a crucial part of a child's development? This guest post from Holly Easterby discusses all the benefits kids gets from playtime - not to mention being fun!
If there is one thing that children would love to do and would probably say they could do it the whole day, this would be playing. Parents, have you ever heard how playtime is your kid’s personal job? Now, some would probably say that this is crazy and that children need to learn how to be responsible at an early age. Playing most of the time may seem like an excuse to get away from house chores and studies.
But what if you were told that this has more than one benefit to child development?
Nothing says fall to me like fresh apples (and piles of crunchy leaves, but one thing at a time!). Lucky for me - and other apple-lovers out there - some great apple-y posts were linked up last week that I just had to share with you.