Learning is happening for children all day, every day in every thing they do! There are so many fun activities to do with children in the Fall.  It is important to remember that with each activity, developmental domains and skills are being addressed!

Ghostly Toast
Fun Halloween Snack
Make ghost stencils from cardboard – size of a slice of bread
Or, if after Halloween, make other stencils using other shapes
Make toast, butter
Lay the ghost stencil over the toast
Use a sugar shaker to sprinkle powdered sugar on the ghost stencil

Developmental Domains Addressed:
• Social & Emotional: Self Concept
• Physical & Motor: Fine Motor

Slimy Pumpkins
For sensory table play:
Scoop out the insides of a pumpkin
Children love to examine the ‘guts’
When they are ready for a new experience, add Pumpkin Slime to the pumpkin

Pumpkin Slime
Mix ¼ cup canned pumpkin to ½ cup liquid starch
Add ¾ cups clear school glue (if you can’t find clear, use white school glue)
Add 1-2 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

Developmental Domains Addressed:
• Approaches to Learning: Curiosity
• Physical & Motor: Fine Motor
• Cognitive – Scientific Thinking & Problem Solving: Observing and Questioning

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
This smells great, so remind small children that it is not for eating (although it won’t hurt them!).
5 1/2 cups flour
2 cups salt
8 teaspoons cream of tartar
3/4 cup oil
1 (1 1/12 ounces) container pumpkin pie spice
Orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
4 cups water
Mix all of the ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Developmental Domains Addressed:
• Language & Literacy: Emergent Reading
• Cognitive – Mathematical & Logical Thinking: Measuring
• Physical & Motor: Fine Motor

Table Turkeys
1. Turkey Placemats
Paint the palm, thumb and fingers with brown tempera paint
Make ‘turkey’ prints across a piece of construction paper
Tear small pieces of construction paper and glue onto the 4 brown finger prints to make turkey feathers
Use red marker or paint to add the ‘gobbler’ on the turkey’s head
Children can make as many turkeys as they desire on their placemat
When glue and paint are dry, laminate placemats for durability

Developmental Domains Addressed:
• Creativity & the Arts: Creating
• Physical & Motor: Fine Motor
• Language & Literacy: Listening

2. Turkey Table Decorations
Fold a 9 X 12 piece of construction paper in half (hamburger bun style)
Paint the palm, thumb and fingers with brown tempera paint
Make one turkey print on each side of the folded paper
When dry, glue on colored feathers for the turkey tail feathers
Use red paint to make add the ‘gobbler’ on the turkey’s head
The turkeys can sit anywhere on the table or in other places

Developmental Domains Addressed:
• Creativity & the Arts: Creating
• Physical & Motor: Fine Motor
• Language & Literacy: Listening

Apple-Cinnamon Sachets
• 1/2 cup cinnamon
• 1/2 cup store bought applesauce (homemade sauce will likely be too watery)
Or, any equal portions of both ingredients depending on the quantity you desire.
Directions:
• Stir together cinnamon and applesauce with a spoon until the dough becomes stiff, then use your hands to create a ball of dough.
• Place the ball of dough on a sheet of waxed paper, flatten slightly with your fingers.
• Place a second sheet of waxed paper over the top of the dough and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
• Use cookie cutters or your own template shapes.
• Air dry creations on a waxed paper-covered cookie sheet or a cooling rack for at least 24 hours until they are completely hard.

Developmental Domains Addressed:
• Social & Emotional: Self Concept
• Approaches to Learning: Curiosity

Check out these Units of Study from the Early Learning Success Curriculum for more fall learning!

  1. Fall Unit
  2. Lovely Leaves Unit
  3. Colors Falling All Around Us Unit
  4. Pumpkins Unit
  5. Spiders Unit
  6. Apples Unit
  7. Giving Thanks Unit
  8. The Harvest Unit

To see all 98 Units of study, visit the Store or download the 2017 Catalogue