20 Fall Nature Activities & Outdoor Play

With a drastic shift in weather, it is a wonderful time to enjoy more mild temperatures outdoors with your toddlers and preschoolers. There is so much open-ended play, lots of beautiful colors and changes happening, and a variety of activities to do even during chilly and rainy days. We could all use some time collecting natural resources and exploring what our world has to offer. Check out all the great activities to do outside and natural-made crafts and toys below. Some of them are truly extraordinary! AND don’t forget to scroll to the bottom to enter for your chance to win up to $2,000!

Fall and Autumn Nature Activities for kids made from nature and designed for the outdoors  | ALLterNATIVElearning.com

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10 Simple Play Ideas Using Mini Pumpkins

With fall here and all the great gourds and pumpkins arriving at the farmers market, in stores, and popping up around town, my toddler is so amused by them. We made a quick trip to the local grocery store this past week and as we walked in the door she saw all the big pumpkins and asked “what’s that?”. I told her they were bigĀ orangeĀ pumpkins. She repeated me and we went on. Walking through produce all the sudden she exclaimed “Momma! BABY pumpkins!”… and 3 for $1 meant we were coming home with a dozen. So the question became what to do with all these baby pumpkins to engage her pumpkin curiosity and to promote her tot school learning. I came up with seven ideas and then rounded up 3 more from some creative bloggers in my network to give you 10 great ideas for mini-pumpkin play.

Ten ways to play with mini pumpkins in tot school and preschool to celebrate and learning about fall | ALLterNATIVElearning.com

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Making Road Trips & Doctors Appointments Bearable with a Toddler

While there are many wonderful midwives here in the OKC area, I found the provider that resonated the most with me was actually an hour and a half away. While this isn’t a huge issue, it means I do not get home check-ups, rather I have to make the drive for all of my appointments. Having a toddler already, I have had to find a way to keep her entertained during the car ride and while there. Here are some of my best tips and “survival” tools for making road trips with a toddler and taking kids with you to your own doctors’ appointments.

How to make mini road trips with busy toddlers | ALLterNATIVElearning

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Learning by Theme Resources for Preschool & Tot School

I admit it, I love organization. However, I also admit that since becoming a parent, my days are chaotic, my house is a mess, and I am just not organized. In the end, this means that for tot school to be successful for our family, we approach learning by theme. Not only does it help keep me accountable, it also means that my child is exposed to a wide vocabulary and a vast array of activities. Sometimes though, inspiration can be hard to find. therefore, I have collected some great resources to help guide you in your journey to have unit studies in your tot school and preschool settings.

Resource guide for teaching thematic units at home and how to plan to learn by theme in preschool and tot school | ALLterNATIVElearning.com… 

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