The Fall is a great time to get creative. The colors are inspiring, the weather refreshing, and anticipation begins to build for the holidays. There are so many things that you can with your toddler that will make Fall just as exciting for them as it is for you.
This idea actually comes from yours truly. Some of you might remember doing making these when you were a kid. I used to love hunting for just the right leaves to showcase in this craft. Your little one will like being a part of the preparation process. Look for interesting shapes and vibrant colors. Here’s what you will need:
• Leaves of various shapes and colors
• Waxed paper
After you and your little assistant gather the leaves, take them indoors to assemble the placemats. On a hard surface, such as a table or countertop, lay the towel down flat. Set the iron to a low setting. Take two pieces of waxed paper that are about the size of a placemat. Place on piece of the waxed paper on the towel and then arrange your leaves in the pattern of your choice. Next, lay the second piece of waxed on top and iron gently to seal the two pieces together. Voila! Your toddler now has their very own, very personalized, placemat. You may need to trim the edges if they are uneven.
Hide and Seek
Playing hide and seek indoors is a great way to pass the time and have a lot of fun. Instead of just plain old hide and seek though, try playing “stuffed animal hide and seek.” Your toddler is sure to love this idea! Take turns hiding their favorite stuffed animals and then trying to find them. You may never want to play regular hide and seek again!
This can be a lot of fun for parents and children and can be done at any time of day. Lay out a comfy blanket (and sleeping bags if you like), and make some snack foods to enjoy. You can play board games, read books, watch movies, or just chat and make up stories. If it is dark, you can get some flashlights and play shadow puppets!
If you have a fireplace, you can really make it special and make smores! All you need are a couple of branches from outdoors (or a long skewer), graham crackers, a few Hershey chocolate bars (don’t skimp here! Hershey tastes the best), and some marshmallows. Take a graham cracker and put a small piece of chocolate on it. Place a marshmallow on the stick, roast over the fire for a second or two, and place it on the chocolate. Put a second graham cracker on top and it is ready to eat. Yummy!
Painting can be a neat outlet for toddlers. This will really give them a chance to be creative and show off their talent! They can finger paint, paint wooden figurines that you can purchase from a hobby store, or one of my favorites…gourds and/or mini pumpkins. Once the artwork is complete, you can showcase your artists work by displaying around the home. They will feel special and it makes for good conversation.