Halloween or Fall themed shapes to sort (table scatters, erasers,etc)
sorting trays (we used a veggie tray and ice cube tray)This was another awesome find from the Target Dollar Spot. These little jewels are actually supposed to be used as table decorations but I knew Emerson would love them the moment she saw them. (These obviously wouldn't work for a younger toddler and I won't even leave E alone with these. She doesn't typically put stuff in her mouth but it's always better to be on the safe side.)
After playing for a while, I encouraged to try sorting them by shape. We've tried sorting activities in the past and she really hasn't been interested. When I first started placing the pieces in the tray she still seemed disinterested. She finally put one of the little pumpkins in the correct slot and I praised her and told her how proud I was. That was all it took. She went through and sorted the rest of the pieces within a few minutes.
I started this activity with Emerson around 5:30 and she was still going strong with it by bedtime at 7:30. We made letters out of them, pretended it was food for her dolls, tried patterns, and a little bit of counting. She loved them so much and was so upset when we had to put them away for bed. I love when the simplest little things offer so many possibilities and keep her happy and occupied! This activity was a definite win!