Rich colours, kicking leaves, muddy wellies, howling winds, hooting owls, foraging for nuts, throwing sycamore seeds, slow cooked stews, corn reaching for the sky, pumpkins on every doorstep, chilly breezes and snuggling under blankets.
We loved Autumn.
I spread this unit over a long period, just about 2 months, and considering i have been in increasingly poorer and poorer health, and have encountered other challenges, plus a lovely short holiday away, i think we have maintained relatively good flow.
I will break down what we have involved in this unit in blocks of content types so its a little easier to navigate the mass!
KEY SPEECH AND VISUAL RECOGNITION
Squirrel learned to recognise and/or say/sign LEAF, TREE, PUMPKIN, CORN, WOOD, TOADSTOOL, NUT, COLD, CONKER, OWL, FOX, SQUIRREL, OTTER, RABBIT, BROWN, RED, GREEN, PURPLE, BLUE, YELLOW, BROCCOLI, CARROT.
We enjoyed these superb books alongside our theme, encouraging words spoken and visual recognition of the various animals and objects that are so heavily repeated through Autumnal activities. I meant to get hold of The Scarecrows Wedding but I never got around to you. Bah.
We had a great fortnight dedicated to The Gruffalo, which you can read about in its separate round up, which involved a Gruffalo Hunt, Scrambled Snake Sensory & Lunch and a magnificently exciting Gruffalo Small World.
We also enjoyed relaxing with lots of youtube videos of documentaries on squirrels, foxes, deer and owls, while also watching BBCs Autumnwatch, which follows nature in Britain live over a week- we love it!
BUSY BOY TRAYS
Our busy boy trays, those activities that are easy to whip out to fill moments in need regularly while maintaining our theme for some learning consistency went down very well.
We laminated some leaves and created a collection of activities using them including CRAYON LEAF RUBBING, THREADING, COLOUR MATCHING, LIGHT BOX WINDOW OBSERVATION and CHALK TEMPLATING.
You can explore them further here.
We also enjoyed sorting conkers into variously spaced trays with tools and fingers.
Playing with felt vegetables with various tools and containers.
Squirrel really enjoyed THREADING and SORTING these cute little leaf buttons!
I made him a ‘Fiddle Stick’ which was two tough sticks wound together with twine; Squirrel would spend handsy time unraveling and twisting the twine together, great LOGIC and FINE MOTOR practice.
We would occasionally turn our lunch into leaves!
And a spot of delicious creature dress up and role play!
We thoroughly loved painting with vegetables out in the sunshine. We turned our painting into apple bunting for our display at home and our friends Sukkot Party.
We made Squirrel Soup! Imaginative play and sensory mess turned up to 11!
Transferring leaves! Such crunchy, interesting sensations! Plus we made beautiful Squirrel nests!
Bubblewrap Corn! Awesome, am i right?
We experimented with finding and RECOGNISING AND MAKING LINES in the garden with foraged things.
We explored and deconstructed ears of corn, most exciting!
Harvest Produce freestyle play was so great; he explored so thoroughly and did such unexpected and brilliant things with it all!
Pumpkin Deconstruction was a squishy, sensory, seedy adventure, where Squirrel loved sorting the seeds and sniffing!
We made this beautiful Pumpkin Orb and Leaf Crown!
We spent as much time out and about as my poorly legs could manage, walking in the woods, watching sunsets, visiting owls and deer at the local farm and falconry attraction, farm shops with harvest festivals, foraging marvelous things, playing with natures offerings, puddle jumping and getting pretty muddy indeed!
Of our various visits and walks I covered our Farm Shop trip.
I hope you are enjoying your beautiful Autumn as much as we are!