We are continuing the exploration of the letter ‘A’ after focusing on apples the last couple of weeks. We have moved on to ‘acorns’ as our inspiration for this week’s activities, we just love celebrating all things fall! I love activities like this, they fit in to our a Tot School nicely but can be quickly adapted into a more complex activity for Mack. We have been looking for acorns on our walks around our neighborhood but it seems that the squirrels have gotten to them first. So luckily we happened to stumble upon a jackpot of acorns at the park this week! The kids quickly filled my pockets!
So for the assembly, I just put our gathered acorns into a seasonal pie dish, added our fine motor tools and a muffin tin!
I have been exhausted lately and will confess that the thought of a project that entailed clean up or a lot of work did not sound like fun to me. This is about as simple as you can get!
I first invited Ava (16 months) to come to the floor to try out the tools. She stumbled a bit with them but did explore them a little bit before she ended up just using her fingers; which is still fantastic fine motor practice!
Mack is able to use these without any help and I love the practice that he gets with them. This fine motor practice is actually helping him prepare for handwriting!
Once he had his fine motor ‘work’ completed I told him I had some big boy work for him next. He just eats it up when I play the ‘big boy’ card 🙂 I added the numbers one through twelve to each muffin spot and told him to count out the acorns to match the numbers in the spot. He did great with this and it actually occupied a decent about if time…always a plus!
It’s seasonal, free and easy!! And the kids loved it 🙂