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5 Ways to Promote Active Play in the Fall

5 ways to promote active play in the fall

Fall officially started last week! The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping in some parts of the world. However, active play is important for kids whether it takes place inside or outside. Here are five ways to promote active play this fall:

  1. Apple picking: Take the kids to an orchard to pick some fresh and delicious apples! You and the kiddos will get to walk around and reach for apples. If it’s a little chilly outside, don’t forget to bundle up!
  2. Hide and seek: For the days that it’s just too gloomy to go outside, little adventurers can bring the classic game of hide and seek inside. To promote imaginative play, encourage your kids to imagine they’re secret agents hiding from other spies.
  3. Gourd scavenger hunt: Hide gourds in secret locations around your backyard, such as inside a playhouse or in a closed sandbox. Have the kids search for the gourds and whoever has found the most gourds by the end of the hunt gets a prize!
  4. Pumpkin race: Line up some pumpkins in the backyard and have your kids run up to the pumpkin finish line. This game will get little legs moving!
  5. Pile and jump: As the leaves begin to fall, little explorers can put the leaves in a big pile and jump on them.

Which activities will you and your family try this fall?

 

Say Cheese! Toy Camera for Mini Photographers

fridiy toy camera

Say cheese and smile! There are so many ways little ones can use their imagination while being creative. This month, we’ve created a craft that incorporates artistic and pretend play! All of the supplies are products that you may already have in your home. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Empty tissue box
  • Wrapping paper
  • 3 Paper cups
  • Tape
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Pen or pencil (optional)

toy camera supplies

With these household items you’ll be able to make a toy camera for your budding photographers! Kids can pretend to take pictures with their camera inside or outside. The best feature of this camera is that it’ll never run out of batteries because it’s fueled by imagination!

  1. Trace the base of the cup onto the bottom of the tissue box.
  2. Cut out the traced circle.
  3. Cut out the base of the cup (repeat this step for the other two paper cups).
  4. Place one of the cups inside of the tissue box. Ensure the mouth of the cup is sticking out of the box.
  5. Cover the tissue box in wrapping paper. Make sure the cup on both sides of the box remains unwrapped.
  6. Glue the other cups inside of the first cup, one at a time. This will make the lens of the camera longer. It’ll take about two hours for non-toxic glue to dry.
  7. Cut a portion of a sponge into a square.
  8. Glue the piece of the sponge onto the side of the tissue box that will be the considered the top of the camera. This will be the button that kids press to take pictures! It’ll take about two hours for non-toxic glue to dry. You can also draw a flash area diagonal to the button.

toy camera tutorial

Now your little photographers are ready to start snapping pictures! To promote make believe fun, ask your kids to describe the pictures they have taken with the camera to you.

toy camera pin

Will you be making this toy camera with your family this weekend?

King Me! DIY Checkboard Table

FriDIY Checkerboard Table

This month, we’re challenging little ones with a DIY gaming table! We’ve created a checkerboard table from a kid’s picnic table. This craft will keep little minds active as they hang out with their playmates. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Kid’s picnic table (we used the Sit & Play Picnic Table)
  • White wrapping paper or construction paper
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Plastic or paper cups in two different colors

With these materials you can create a checkerboard table in three easy steps! Plus, this activity table can be used inside on a rainy day or outside to keep your children entertained during a barbeque.

DIY supplies

  1. Measure the width and height of the tabletop, cut the wrapping paper to those dimensions and tape the wrapping paper to the table.
  2. Use a marker and ruler to draw the squares of the checkerboard (we created a simpler version of checkers with 24 total squares).
  3. Place three cups on the colored squares closest to the edge of the table on each side of the board. Use different colored cups for each side.

checkerboard tutorial

Now your little gamers are ready to play some checkers!

CheckerBoard Table

Will you be creating this craft with your family this weekend?