I love getting Brayden a few small things for an upcoming holiday. For Thanksgiving, it included some fall themed plates/bowls, a little toy scarecrow and some festive utensils (which doesn't sounds so exciting, but since Brayden has decided he simply must eat every item of food - including blueberries - with a fork, it actually is).
Autumn Advent Jar
I wanted to do some kind of countdown until Thanksgiving, but since Brayden is too young for something number-based, I had to get creative. We went out to the park and collected seeds together (acorns would have been better, but I couldn't find any around here!). Brayden had a great time looking for the seeds and putting them in a bucket. Afterwards, I just put them in a box with a glass jar and had Brayden move one from the box to the jar each morning. For a while, he was really into it (and would point to the jar while in his crib to remind me to get it for him). When things started to get crazy over here, the daily activity stopped and the jar morphed into a "filling and emptying" game. :)
I found a few super cute ones out there with a Thanksgiving or fall theme. One of the more interesting ones is the true story of the Macy's Day Parade - and the man who created all the puppets for it. (It's called Balloons Over Broadway if you're interested)
I'm really glad the Michaels store near us keeps carrying these holiday-themed wooden ornaments. For some reason, Brayden just loves them. Again, he had a great time using markers to color in ornaments.
Pilgrim Hat Game
Essentially, this is just a baby shell game. I made little pilgrim hats out of cardstock and used one of the seeds we collected in it. I put it under a hat and had Brayden find it. I progressively made the game harder, by adding another hat, moving one of the hats or even moving two of the hats. Brayden had a great time trying to figure out where the seed was and would get a huge grin on his face when he got it right! (...until he decided it was more fun to try to tear apart the hats, that is...)
Definitely a fan of stickers and stamps, Brayden had fun (once again) making holiday cards for family members. (Too bad I only got them in the mail today...)
To be included in the above activity, we did another handprint project together. Brayden has grown to love these. He giggles when I paint his hand and then has a great time using it as a stamper. This time, we did turkeys - brown for the palm and thumb (body and head of the bird) and then different colors on his fingers for the turkey's feathers. I then went back and added a beak, eyes and feet for the little critters. They ended up looking darn adorable!
I wasn't sure Brayden was going to be able to do anything with beads (since they're so small), but after finding some fall-themed beads at the store, we went ahead and strung them together to make a necklace anyway. I was really surprised by how precise Brayden was (he was holding the beads still while I put the string through) and how interested he was in the activity.
Throughout the month, we did a lot of playing with leaves. Running through them, throwing them in the air, collecting them, identifying the colors of them. By far, the biggest winner was running through them. ♥