The season is the reason for teaching toddlers about nature, seasons and colors.
The gorgeous golds and fiery reds of the leaves, the cool crisp air, the scent of pumpkins, the wind whistling through the trees, juice from an apple you picked yourself running down your chin... It is almost fall in the northern hemisphere, my favorite of the seasons and, in my opinion, the most dramatic!
Experiencing the change of the seasons is a great educational opportunity for your little one. All five senses are engaged and science, ecology, culture, art, reading and more blend into one giant laboratory of learning. Now is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors and discover the richness of nature.
Toddlers are just starting to become aware of the changing world around them. Even in our own backyard, we find evidence of the new season as the spring birds come around less often, the squirrels gather their nuts, the leaves start to change colors and fall, and the nights come earlier.
What you need:
small kraft paper bags
leaf stamps or leaves
watercolor paint and brush
Mix your watercolor paint with a little bit of water in a small bowl.
Using your watercolor paint and brush, cover the leaf with paint and stamp it onto the paper bag.
Punch a hold at the top of the bag and tie a bow with your desired ribbon.
Fill your gift bags with treats, goodies or a special note to someone.
1 roll refrigerated crescent dough
1 can of apple pie filling
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Unroll your crescent dough and separate into 4 rectangles.
Press together edges of the trianges in the center to make a flat dough surface.
Pour the apple pie filling into a small bowl and slice the apple pies into small chunks.
Top pie filling with cinnamon.
Put a spoonfull of pie filling into the center of each crescent square.
Fold the edges over and seal edges with a fork.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes, or until dough is golden brown.
Let cool and serve.
mix equal parts milk and powdered sugar to make a glaze and drizzle over pies before serving.
Above all, the changing of the seasons is a reminder to enjoy our time together and share our family traditions with our children.
What are some of your family's seasonal traditions? Enjoy the season with your family!