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Fun autumn activities for little ones
Post date: 2 Nov 2015

Autumn is a great opportunity to get out and about, and explore your environment. There are lots of ways that you can help boost your child’s development, (physical development, attention and listening, speech and language development, autumn recipes). The children’s therapy team have put together some activities to support your child’s development this autumn, based around a day at the park. All of the activities could be adapted for other days out e.g. in the garden, at the shops, at the zoo, a teddy bear’s picnic.

Physical development:

Leaf play:

  • Gather piles of leaves on the floor, and then see who can kick the leaves the furthest
  • Throw leaves in to the air, see who can catch the most
  • Hide pine cones or conkers in a pile of leaves and see who can be the first to collect them all

Leaf garlands: Gather different coloured leaves then take them home and dry them on a window sill, after they are dry, hole punch them and encourage your child to thread them, using one hand to stabilise the leaf and one hand to thread with colourful wool. This activity develops your child’s co-ordination.

Sparkle, sparkle!:

Whilst supervising your child, encourage them to make shapes in the night sky using sparklers; who can make a star, circle, square or triangle?

The above activities help develop your child’s hand dexterity, co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills plus promoting other physical and sensory skills. (See the ‘Occupational therapy bridge’)

OT bridge

 

Attention and listening:

Ready-steady-jump!

Go and stop: Play a running game at the park. Encourage your child to wait for go before they start running e.g. ready, steady……go. Encourage your child to stop when you say stop. Hold your hand up in a stop gesture to support their understanding of stop and go. If your child finds it difficult to listen, hold their hand and run and stop with them to help them understand the game.

The above game can also be used for jumping in to puddles or piles of leaves.

Tree statues:

Play musical statues at the park. Play music or sing a song. Encourage your child to dance when the music is playing and stop when the music stops. If your child finds this difficult, hold their hands and dance with them and stop when the music stops.

What can we hear?:

Let’s use our ear to listen to all the noises at the park/fireworks night….

e.g. leaves crunching, birds singing, fireworks whizzing, bonfire crackling, wind in the trees, dogs barking etc. your child can point to or name the items.

Support your child by modelling the game to them. Hold your hand up to your ear and say "I can hear a…. firework. " "Listen, can you hear the firework?” Take it in turns to listen. "What can you hear?”

Try to imitate the sounds that you hear to help your child develop their skills of matching sounds to objects.

Looking:

Treasure hunt.

Before you go to the park, make a list with your child of items that you can see at the park/firework event. Cut out pictures of the objects and stick them onto a piece of paper.

When you are at the park/firework event, see if they can look and find the different items on the list e.g. conker, red leaves, puddle, bonfire, firework, woolly hats, wellie boots, etc.

Understanding language (receptive language)

Autumn bingo!

A game to play at home using paper and conkers: Draw/cut out some pictures and stick in rows on a piece of paper, each person is to have a different set of pictures. An adult should then say the name of an item on one of the pieces of paper. If your child matches the naming to the correct picture, place a conker on their picture, the winner is the one who gets the most conkers/completes their sheet.

Autumn colours:

Before going out paint some autumn colours (red, yellow, orange, brown, green, grey) on to some card, and when you are in the park, see if your child can match the colours on the card to objects outside. E.g. match a red leaf to red, match a stick to brown. Colour knowledge can also be improved by collecting coloured objects and painting a picture with these colours at home.

Another idea is to collect different leaves and create leaf prints using the autumn colours.

Expressive language:

Actions words:

Help your child to learn new action words using action songs and rhymes, the songs and rhymes can also be sung whilst performing the actions e.g. I can...

  • Run, run, run on the grass
  • Build, build, build a pile of leaves
  • Jump, jump, jump in the puddles
  • Push, push, push the swing
  • Eat, eat, eat a toffee apple

Autumn bingo

A game to play at home using paper and conkers: Draw/cut out some pictures and stick in rows on a piece of paper, each person is to have a different set of pictures. Adult should then say the name of an item on one of the pieces of paper. If your child matches the naming to the correct picture, then place a conker on their picture, the winner is the one who gets the most conkers/completes their sheet.

Describing words:

Help your child to learn new describing words by finding objects and talking about them together.

Leaves on the grass: Take it in turns to pick up leaves in the park and talk about them together, e.g. "I found a big leaf”, "you found a small leaf”, "and I found a red leaf.”

To make the game more difficult see if your child can find items that you describe e.g.

Can you find a big yellow leaf?

Can you find a smooth conker?

Use a range of different describing words such as big, small, rough, smooth, crunchy, white, hard, soft, dry etc.

Throw them into a puddle when you've found them.

Making toffee apples:

Follow the link below for a recipe on how to make toffee apples. As you are making the toffee apples you can use lots of describing words, such as; ‘shiny, sweet, sticky, warm, yummy’

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/13599/homemade-toffee-apples

Speech:

Make a fireworks picture using glitter paints on black paper. Whilst making the fireworks picture make the following sounds and ask your child to copy:

‘pop,pop’, ‘ffffff’, ‘sssssss’, ‘shhhhh’, ‘weeeee’,

Find things beginning with...f.

As your child begins to learn about speech sounds (phonics), support their awareness and use of speech sounds by finding objects that begin with a chosen letter e.g. f.

Encourage your child to find as many objects as they can that begin with a chosen letter, they could point to them, draw them or put them into a bag.

Eating and drinking:

Now the cold damp evenings are creeping in it is good to have some warming foods, some good choices are:

  • Stews, casseroles, shepherd’s pie, fish pie, try adding extra beans, lentils or vegetables.
  • Homemade soups e.g. vegetable, ham and lentil, leak and potato, pumpkin.
  • Jacket potatoes with various toppings e.g. baked beans,cheese, tuna, chilli con carne, chicken curry.

These can be followed by fruit crumble and custard, baked bananas, baked apples, stewed fruit or a milky pudding.

For seasonal recipes try: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/

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