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6 Fun Autumn Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Autumn is in full swing throughout the country from October.
The temperature begins to cool, the great outdoors becomes another kind of beautiful, as crispy leaves fall from the tree tops leaving an array of colours everywhere you look.
Pumpkin's are ripening and conkers are bursting from their husks. 
It's time to get the jumpers and wellies at the ready!

Autumn 2014 is here and what better way to enjoy this season than to offer your children some great Autumn Themed activities to do.

6 Fun Autumn Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Get you carrier bags/baskets and venture outdoors (no matter what the weather), to see what beautiful changes this season has to offer.
Collect leaves, twigs, conkers, acorns, pine cones (these will come in useful for some of the activities mentioned below too).
Encourage your little ones to explore freely, to touch, to smell, to see.
Point out any interesting things along your way, - spider webs covered in dew, mushrooms, squirrels foraging for food, droplets sitting on the nature bed and take some photos to look at when you return home.
A great opportunity for lots of muddy puddle jumping!
So much learning, so much fun all whilst exercising too!

Play dough is great for developing fine motor skills, it is easy and enjoyable to make in your own home too at very little cost.
In the 'invitation to play', offer a range of Autumn themed/coloured media's that your little one can freely add to the dough to alter the texture and appearance.

Percy the Park Keeper written by Nick Butterworth is a well loved set of books. 
After the Storm in particular is great for Autumn!
The story includes animals such as squirrels, hedgehogs, moles and badgers.
The weather is on the turn, tree's are blowing down in the blustery wind's, leaves are dancing around on the pavements, it's a busy time for Percy. 
Who know's - you may even see similar things happening on your Autumn Walks?!
-TIP: Take a trip to the Library to see what Autumn related books you can find.

The shiny, brown conkers you have collected are great for offering an alternative to 'marble painting'.
Dip them in Autumn coloured paints and watch them roll around creating patterns as they go!

Get the PVA out and let them free to express themselves using all the Nature they have been busy collecting on your Autumn walks.!

Dip your leaves/leaf sponges in 'Autumn Coloured' Paint. 
Watch on as the colours mix together. 
As well as making some lovely pictures, you can cut the leaves out to use as Autumn decorations around your home! 

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