Shredded leaves picture

Our garden is full of colourful leaves. We are raking them, jumping into them, make leaf angels, throwing them up in the air. Plus, we made some autumn pictures with the help of them. Here they are:

I collected and dried some leaves beforehand. When they were dry, I shredded them into small pieces by hand. You can do it with the kids. As Little L.’s attention span is still very short (she’s just 3.5) I knew shredding would have been all she could have been involved and the creative part of the activity would have been lost, so I did the shredding myself. It’s a nice sensory activity and the shreds can also serve as a great basis for a sensory box.

Later on 2 trays I prepared for them 3 motives drawn by pencil, liquid glue and a bowl of shredded leaves.

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First, they traced the outline of the image with the glue then sprinkled it with the shreds.

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To finish with, we let the exceed shreds fall of the picture. And there you can see a beautiful autumn picture.

Surprisingly, Little L. was great at tracing the outlines. I wasn’t surprised at E.’s fantastic tracing. Applying the right amount of glue needed a lot of concentration.

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When they’d finished with my pictures, they started to make their own. 

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E. made a tree with falling leaves, a flower and fruit.

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L. was working on a plum and a car (I guess).

I myself joined in and made our cat.

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This was the time when they lost interest, but I could encourage them to make a last one with their hands. The girls really liked the idea and the final outcome.

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This activity involved a lot of English interactions: autumn vocabulary (leaves, colours, autumn fruits), fine motor skill development (tracing with glue and sprinkling shredded leaves), giving and following instructions and artistic creativity. Not to mention fun, fun, fun.

Witch’s cauldron – sensory bin

October is all about Halloween. It is the time to do Halloween activities , listen to Halloween songs and decorate our house with scary things. This year we’ve been playing with the old games but I wanted something new. As Little L. wanted to dress up as a witch, I thought a cauldron sensory bin would be great.

What you need:

  • a cauldron (I bought ours in the Flying Tiger Shop)
  • corn kernels (I used 2 and a haft tubs of popcorn kernels)
  • “scary” manipulatives (plastic eyes, spiders, skeletons, pumpkins, snakes, black cats, ghosts etc. you can see my choice of manipulatives in the video below)
  • cards with numbers on (I used cards from 1-6)

How to prepare it:

I poured one tub of corn kernels into the cauldron and added some of the manipulatives then added another tub of kernels and placed in some more scary figurines. It wasn’t enough to cover them all, so I added another half tub.

I presented the sensory cauldron to E. first, because I wasn’t sure how many creatures I put in and actually she tested the game.

She (at the age of 7 and a half) enjoyed finding surprises in the corn.

To be on the safe side, to save some time of cleaning up the kernels I put a tray under the cauldron.

She did the counting. That was when we realised I’d put in 6 different kinds of manipulatives. Originally, I’d made 5 cards only, but at this point I added another card, no. 6, instead of taking away something from the cauldron.

One of the manipulatives were pumpkin-shaped tea lights. E. turned them on and put them back into the cauldron. Spooky.

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After playing with the cauldron we put everything back and it was waiting for Little L. to explore.

She also took great pleasure in dipping her little hands into the full cauldron and find the creatures inside. And it goes without saying that you can do this activity only in your Halloween (witch) costume.

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Our new nanny was around at that time so the girls were searching for the scary creatures with N.

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It was real funny when Little L. called the eyeballs “bally eyes” 😀 Check the video on this link.

I wish you all a Happy Halloween with this fun activity.