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Four Seasons of Sensory Boxes {plus, preschool activities for each box!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Four Seasons of Sensory Boxes {plus activities!}

Four Seasons of Sensory Boxes {plus, preschool activities for each box!} - undergodsmightyhand.com

I’ve expressed my love of sensory boxes a few times (four, in fact) over the past year.

My kids love ’em. I love ’em. We’re all learning. It’s fantastic.

For ease, I thought I’d put links to all four seasonal sensory boxes we’ve created here in one post.

Click on each link below to access a full description of what we included in each sensory box, plus LOTS of activities to complete with each one!

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Sensory Boxes

Winter Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Winter Sensory Box and Activities {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Spring Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Spring Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Summer Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Summer Sensory Box and Activities via Under God's Mighty Hand

Fall Sensory Box PLUS activities –> Click here.

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

What’s your family’s favorite kind of sensory box? What activities do you use?

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15+ Pumpkin Learning Activities for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

15+ Pumpkin Learning Activities for Preschoolers

I love fall. I need the cooler temperatures after the heat and humidity of summer. I love the colors, the changes, the added motivation to do my own changing.

And then the simple pleasures: hot cocoa, pumpkin muffins, gorgeous leaves, and more.

This year, I’m especially thankful for my kids’ observant natures and how much joy they receive from just relishing in what’s around them.

They’re especially paying attention to and loving pumpkins this year.

So, of course, we’ve done a few pumpkin activities so far, and plan on doing several more!

15+ Pumpkin Learning Activities for Preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

15+ Pumpkin Activities for Preschoolers

Here are a few of the pumpkin activities we’ve done and a few we’d like to do:

And, of course, there’s always baking something with pumpkin in it. We made a modified version of these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recently, and oh my yum.

Check out many more pumpkin and autumn activities on my Fall Activities Pinterest board here.

Fall Activities board on Pinterest via Under God's Mighty Hand

What’s your preschooler’s favorite pumpkin learning activity?

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Tactile Fall Activities with Building Bricks

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My son is definitely a kinesthetic/tactile learner first, then very visual closely after that. My daughter loves doing hands-on activities with her big brother.

And they both love using building bricks.

My friend, Stef, uses numerous tactile activities with her boys, including activities with building bricks. She recently created a download called “Fall Brick Activities and More!”

Tactile Learning with Building Bricks {a review and special needs modifications for Fall Brick Activities and More} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Fall Brick Activities {with special needs modifications}

In this PDF download, Stef includes seven brick activities her son created. I love that! The objects are all fall-related and a great supplement to an autumn-themed unit.

We’ve completed the pumpkin and the cardinal so far. We used the toddler version of blocks, and I used scaffolding cues to help my various-aged preschoolers.

It really helps my son to break down activities into smaller steps (both because of his special needs and because he’s a preschooler).

We first identified the colors used in the activity (color identification). Then, we gathered several blocks of those colors (following directions, matching colors, fine motor control). We didn’t do this at first, but you could also count specific numbers of each blocks (number recognition and one-to-one correspondence counting).

Tactile Learning with Building Bricks {a review and special needs modifications for Fall Brick Activities and More} - undergodsmightyhand.com

Then I helped my son build the pumpkin. He isn’t yet able to build it on his own, but with repeated practice, I think he’ll be able to soon. (Repetition and over-teaching help him!)

He began the pumpkin, and I just assisted with verbal and visual cues about where to place some of the bricks. For the stem, I asked him to compare the picture from Stef’s download with his pumpkin and he was able to place the first green brick correctly.

Tactile Learning with Building Bricks {a review and special needs modifications for Fall Brick Activities and More} - undergodsmightyhand.com

He added the extra light green “leaf” on the stem!

Stef emphasizes in the instructions to use the visual guides as just guides and allow your kids their own versions of each creation, too.

My daughter helped with the cardinal. We identified colors and gathered the blocks. Because she’s younger, I built some of the body of the cardinal and had her place the legs, the black pieces, and the yellow beak.

Tactile Learning with Building Bricks {a review and special needs modifications for Fall Brick Activities and More} - undergodsmightyhand.com Tactile Learning with Building Bricks {a review and special needs modifications for Fall Brick Activities and More} - undergodsmightyhand.com

…And More!

With each of the seven brick activities, Stef includes various other ideas for hands-on activities and crafts to continue with the theme or learning about that subject. Over 30 hands-on activity ideas are included, plus a few more pages of scavenger hunts and projects!

It’s so easy to print out a page or two (or view it on a tablet) and use these activities; we’ll be using them often over the next few weeks with our fall unit, too! Completing hands-on activities like these help provide more opportunities for us to use new vocabulary, talk about different components of objects and animals, and reiterate concepts.

(And, I hear there’s going to be a “Winter Brick Activities and More” coming out in a couple of months! Stay tuned to Stef’s site!)

Click here to view more details about “Fall Brick Activities and More!” created by Educating Laytons. You can purchase this download for just $1.99 through the month of October! (Then it goes up to a still-reasonable price of $3.99.)

Fall Brick Activities and More e-download

Are you kids tactile learners? How do you use building bricks in your preschool and early elementary learning?

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Apples and Pumpkins Hoppin' Harvest Game - a literacy- and fitness-filled fall game for preschoolers {undergodsmighthyhand.com at thehomeschoolvillage.com}

Active Fitness Game for Preschool Apple and Pumpkin Themes

I mentioned in my Preschool Apple Unit post that we played an “Apples and Pumpkins Hoppin’ Harvest” game. Well, that post is live at The Homeschool Village today! Apples and Pumpkins Hoppin' Harvest Game - a literacy- and fitness-filled fall game for preschoolers {undergodsmighthyhand.com at thehomeschoolvillage.com}

Need an active game for your fall, apple, or pumpkin themes?

Visit The Homeschool Village to find directions for this “Apples and Pumpkin Hoppin’ Harvest Game! This activity incorporates literacy skills, pretend play, plus heart-pumping fitness!

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

Fall Sensory Box and Activities

You might’ve seen our Spring Sensory Box and Summer Sensory Box posts, so you probably knew it was coming… a Fall Sensory Box!

Fall Sensory Box

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

What’s in our Fall Sensory Box:

  • Uncooked pasta as the base
  • Plastic cups the kids have stopped using
  • Fake autumn leaves (40-50% off a craft store around this time of year – less than $2 for these leaves)
  • Felt pumpkin stickers ($1 for a big pack of 20 or so stickers at AC Moore. We’re not using these as stickers here, but more of a prop. You could use any kind of toy pumpkin here.)
  • Felt turkey stickers ($1 for a pack of 8 or 10 at AC Moore.)
  • Unfinished wooden pumpkin silhouettes (50 cents at a craft store)
  • Toy squirrel figurine (my splurge item for this bin – with a 50% off coupon, it was $2.50 at AC Moore)
  • Large bin (I used a 16-quart one here – these go on sale semi-regularly at Target, too)

I might eventually add some plastic “scoopers” like these, as my son needs to practice scissor skills.

We also might make more of these pom-pom acorns this year and add those to the box.

Activities for a Fall Sensory Box

Pretend Play:

-Pretend the squirrel is searching for food for the winter.
-Make pretend beds out of leaves for the squirrel and/or turkeys.
-Set up a pretend pumpkin patch among the pasta.
-Allow your kids time to imagine something on their own! (My younger kept hugging and kissing the squirrel.)

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

Categorizing:

Ask your child to:

  • Organize the felt stickers into “vegetables” and “animals.”
  • Sort large and small leaves.
  • Identify and sort soft and hard objects.
  • Identify and sort smooth and bumpy objects. 

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

Fine Motor Skills:

-Scooping
-Pouring
-Digging in the pasta
-Burying objects under the pasta and sifting through objects to find them.

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

Math:

  • Estimate how many pieces of pasta can fit in one cup full.
  • Estimate how many leaves can fit in one cup full.
  • Count how many pumpkins, turkeys, etc. are in the bin.

Fall Sensory Box and activities {via undergodsmightyhand.com}

Speech:

-Practice signs and names for the objects within the bin (“leaves,” “turkey,” “pumpkin,” “squirrel,” “pasta”).
-Create sound effects for pretend play and have your child imitate those sound effects.
-Introduce new terms, both nouns and verbs (“sort,” “match,” “estimate,” etc.).

Other Activities:

-Discuss the changing colors of autumn and what makes leaves change those beautiful colors.
-As with our previous sensory boxes, we work on sharing and taking turns when both kids play at the same time.

*Since this box has small materials, we only use this sensory box when a parent is present to watch over (and play with!) the kids.

What would you add to a Fall sensory box? What kinds of skills do you include in sensory box play? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

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