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November 1, 2012

Fall-Themed Cooperative Learning Activities for Babies & Toddlers

Coopering-learning "baby-style" is so much fun and super easy to plan! My friend and I have coordinated cooperative learning activities for our boys to do together, and we're off to a great start! She and I were both teachers before we became mommies, and our boys are now falling victim to enjoying our love of planning great learning lessons! This morning's activities were all fall-focused. We played acorn games, used fall-themed cookie cutters to practice shapes, made a baby version of "Trail Mix", and did some music activities.

Fall-Themed Co-Op Activities

These activities can be modified/used for babies, toddlers, and/or preschool-age kiddos.
They can done individually or with small groups.Preschool Co Op

Acorns are clearly a choking hazard, so we made sure they were tightly sealed in these containers. The boys loved shaking them! We also played a game where we hid the acorn containers under the cups and the boys had to find them.

Cookie cutters and paint can also make for a fun combination!
We "hid" various items (such as the above cookie cutters - Depending on the age of your children, you can also use leaves, sticks, acorns, etc.) in uncooked macaroni and let the boys "go searching". They loved the mess we let them make with this activity.

These are the two ingredients we made for our baby version of "Trail Mix". It was a hit!

I found these musical instruments at a consignment sale, but it's also easy to make your own "instruments" - rice sealed in a plastic container...beans [tightly] taped inside a paper towel holder...You get the idea.
Babies don't care - They just enjoy making noise. *smile*

Check out our favorite Fall Picture Books for Little Ones!

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