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

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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?

Step2 and The Hero of Color City Art Giveaway

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We’re so excited to be teaming up with The Hero of Color City, a new kid’s film that releases in Theaters, On Demand and on iTunes October 3rd. This adorable movie follows Ben and his Crayons’ magical Crayon Box, which transports them to COLOR CITY, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood. Find out what happens when crayons come to life in this charming new animated feature starring CHRISTINA RICCI, CRAIG FERGUSON, ROSIE PEREZ, WAYNE BRADY, JESSICA CAPSHAW and SEAN ASTIN!

Check out the trailer below!

To celebrate the release of this new film, we’ve teamed up with Magnolia Pictures and Cra-Z-Art for a HUGE giveaway! We’re offering 10 lucky fans (yes, TEN!) an awesome art themed prize pack, consisting of a Studio Art Desk™, Up & Down Roller Coaster, and a themed 64 pack of Cra-Z-Art crayons.

To enter to win, please use the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open from September 25 through October 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, ages 18 and up.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, click here for a cute coloring sheet your little artists can color and draw on!

Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Step2 is not responsible for Cra-Z-Art prize fulfillment. Giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous US states, age 18+. Giveaway is open through 11:59PM EST October 11, 2014. Ten (10) winners will be selected at random at that time and will be contacted by email within 48 hours. Each winner will receive the full prize pack. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to thestep2team@gmail.com.