Thursday, 30 September 2021

Fine Motor Tray with Acorns

A simple autumn activity for fine motor skills: some acorns that we gathered together on our walk, homemade playdough, a tiny jar (with a small opening for some extra challenge), and large scissors. The acorns are slightly pushed inside, so they stand and they're easier to take out. The scissors are very good, because although the acorns are a bit slippery, they work well.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Autumn Leaf Necklace

We gathered autumn leaves last year and I laminated them and made some holes. Today we dug them out of our storage and used them for a cool necklace.

I would like to try it with fresh leaves again.

What do you think? 


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Looking for Autumn Printables? Look no more :)

This product contains lots of games that kindergarteners can play, with an adult or independently. These make great centre activities during autumn.

Included are:

Cutting/Tracing Strips

Shadow Matching Game

Montessori Three Part Cards


Game ideas for the flashcards (or any flashcards)

Rhyming Game (used with the three-part cards)

Initial Letter/Sound Recognition Game

Number puzzles

Mazes and tangles

Counting cards and printable counters

A printable board game

You can find the product here:

I hope you’ll like it!



Nature Shapes

We took a nature walk with the kids and talked about autumn signs, while gathering leaves, apples, acorns, and twigs. Then we reviewed shapes and made large ones on the floor, with washy tape and the things collected.


Leaf Collage

We picked some red leaves today, so I proposed this idea: let's cut the leaves into smaller pieces and glue them onto this shape (I initially wanted to draw an apple, but then I got lazy and just used this colouring page from a book). 

What I loved about it was that she cut and glued some leaves, but then took markers, stamps and a hole puncher from her art corner to continue decorating the strawberry (and her hands, of course).

What do you think about this idea? If you give this a try, please let me know in the comments. I'd love to read about how it went. 

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Dandelion Playdough

I made dandelion playdough with the kids in my group and it was a hit! They've played with it every day since then.

This idea was from the nature activitiy pack from I used my old playdough recipe (just because I was too lazy to measure), but the box came with instructions with illustrations and a very similar recipe.

The kids picked dandelions and rose petals that they found on the ground. We blended them and incorporated them in the playdough.

As usual, some didn't want to touch the dough when it was still wet, but they all played with it afterwards. It has s soft texture and it smells a little like freshly cut grass.