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Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin

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Fine motor activities are so important for toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids. They’re crucial for getting ready for handwriting, practicing hand-eye coordination, and preparing for many practical life tasks that your kids will do throughout their lives.

Sounds like a whole lot of learning going on that’s bound to be sort of boring, right? Not at all! There are a ton of ways to make it fun with the simplest materials.

Today, I have some Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin for you that my toddler adored and that his sister, who’s in kindergarten, also had a lot of fun with.

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Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

Recommended Fall Books for Kids

Don’t forget to grab your favorite fall books from the library. I love visiting our library because the kids can take out any books they choose. And we choose a ton.

Goodbye Summer, Hello AutumnGoodbye Summer, Hello AutumnThe Roll-Away PumpkinThe Roll-Away PumpkinApples and PumpkinsApples and PumpkinsFall Weather: Cooler Temperatures (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Fall's Here!)Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures (Cloverleaf Books TM _ Fall’s Here!)I Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board BookI Love Fall!: A Touch-and-Feel Board BookFall Mixed Up (Carolrhoda Picture Books)Fall Mixed Up (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

 

Materials for Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin

  • Muffin tin.
  • Small plastic fall-related items: We had red leaves and yellow acorns{Make sure they’re not too small if your kids still mouth items. Close supervision is definitely a must.}
  • One or more bowls.
  • Kitchen tools (optional).

This activity is really very easy to set up. I put a muffin tin and two bowls on the table and placed the yellow acorns in one of the bowls. That was all N needed to know to dive right in.

He spent quite a bit of time working with this tea strainer picking up acorns, dumping them back in the bowl, picking them up again, transferring them to the muffin tin, etc.

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

Dumping all of the acorns into one cavity in the muffin tin made a great noise – and they almost kind of fit šŸ˜‰

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

He rearranged the pumpkins in the muffin tin with his fingers

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

and a spoon.

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

He even used the bottom of the muffin tin in creative ways šŸ™‚

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

We did this activity in the morning while E was still asleep, but when she woke up, she couldn’t wait to stick her hands in, too.

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

This led to both of them playing together,

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

adding a box of red plastic leaves that we had lying around, and trying to fit the maximum number of kitchen tools into that little bowl šŸ˜‰

Perfect sensory play for toddlers, but my kindergartener had fun with it, too: Fall Fine Motor Fun with a Muffin Tin, plastic acorns, and plastic leaves.

The kids actually did more with this simple set up than I’d ever expected. Sometimes, you just have to let them lose and see what happens šŸ™‚

If you’re looking for more fall activities, try this round-up of Preschool Fall Activities or my Fall Activities for Kids landing page!

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