We did this last fall and we’re doing it again this fall! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I try to bring it about as soon as possible indoors, even if the outside insists that it’s still summer. I looked through my old posts and realized I totally forgot to blog about this theme! So here it is in time for this fall.
One of my favorite things I did last year was to get 3 packs of 50 small fake leaves at the dollar store to make an indoor leaf pile. 150 leaves sounds like a lot, but when put into the Sensory Turtle it was sadly un-pile-like. There was no crunch and swish of a leaf pile, either. (We don’t own any trees, so getting an organic leaf pile wasn’t an option.) So I used some tissue paper in fall leaf colors that I already had and then the texture, sound, and look was perfect! I hid things in the leaves for Lady Bug to discover, too. I think I liked it a bit more than Lady Bug did, but I’m going to do it again this year because it’s awesome and I saved the fake leaves.
One of the things I love about teaching with a fall theme is all the themed manipulatives! Counting pumpkins, or apples, or leaves, or anything stereotypically fall and happy colored. And yes, I love the stereotypical Pumpkin Spice smell. Only I don’t limit myself to only smelling it during fall months.
Here is my Fall themed Pinterest Board. Like all of my Joint Activity Themed Boards, this one is not static. I don’t stop adding to them after we’ve moved on to other themes. I’m on Pinterest…..probably too much. I see a LOT of pins. If it fits the theme and it’s something I think Lady Bug could do or would be interested in, I add it to the board. You never know, she may want to revisit a theme. And in the meantime, you get to benefit from my hours spent and thereby justify my addiction.