Fall is my favorite time of year so I was so excited to make fun Montessori Fall activities for my son. I like to plan for 2-3 months of activities for my toddler so these got us through September through November. Below I have pictures of everything I set up along with links to all the wonderful places I got inspiration.
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Pumpkin Threading Activity
Pumpkin threading is great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. I got this fun idea from Katie at Teacher and the Tots. She has tons of awesome Montessori-inspired activities and shelf work so definitely check her out. This was super simple to make. I found an image of a pumpkin on the internet, printed it out, and laminated it. After that cut it out and took a hole punch to make the holes. I used twine I had for the string and put a bead on one end and tape on the other. Katie uses a yarn needle and I think that is a great idea.
My son absolutely loves what I call language cards. For this theme, I did Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and added in some new colder weather clothing. Again I found pictures on the internet, printed them out, and laminated them. There are so many possibilities with the cards. Ryan loves to just look at them and we talk about what we see, which is great for language development. You can also put them in a sensory bin, print out two for matching, or hide them around the house.
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Googly Eyed Ghosts
This project was on the fly and also what our table usually looks like. I saw a friend paint ghosts with her son so I thought this would be fun. I had Ryan paint white paint on black paper. It ended up being a great sensory activity and finger painting. After they dried I cut out the ghosts and he practiced gluing on the eyes. This can be done in so many different ways with pumpkins, bats, and leaves. The really fun part is we turned these into Halloween decorations and put them on our wall.
This one was so easy! I found this pumpkin at Hobby Lobby for under $10 and decided to let Ryan paint it. There are lots of pumpkin painting projects out there but this one will last forever. All I did was give Ryan some paint and a paintbrush. I put the paint in small mason jars so Ryan could keep coming back to it and we weren’t wasting paint. He loved it and it sat on our shelf for a couple of weeks. I think I will bring it out again around Thanksgiving with something else he can put on the pumpkin like gluing tissue paper.
Ryan is loving this activity. I picked these cute fall stamps and washable ink pads at Michaels for only a couple of bucks. Stamping is great for fine motor skills, sequencing of ink to paper, and even strengthens the muscles in the hand that is needed in order to write. I love this activity also because Ryan is completely happy stamping on the same piece of paper for multiple days.
Playdough is always a hit in our house. For this batch, I mixed up some fall colors and added some fall-related cookie cutters. I got these ones at Michaels and love how small they are. Ryan also loves Fondant Stampers.
Fall Color Matching
Ryan has been obsessed with naming the color of things, even though almost everything is yellow. For this one, I printed out some of the language cards larger. I then painted the corresponding squares. You can use anything for the color cards. These are available in my Free Downloads
This one is so fun and simple. These FREE dot pictures came from The Resourceful Mama. She has tons of amazing free printables. This one also came with at least 5 different pictures. I highly recommend checking her out.