Each season provides a set of unique sensory experiences and opportunity for exploration. That being said, fall has to be my favorite as vibrant colors encompass the skyline and magical experiences fall at the footsteps of our children. Sensory adventures provide some of the most exceptional moments with the boys and are often the easiest to execute. The key ingredients are an open space to explore, flexible structure, and a child-like mentality.
As we set out on our most recent seasonal sensory adventure we embarked on a familiar set of trails. In part this outing was an opportunity for the boys to see just how much something familiar can change with a new season. The questions we explored included:
With each adventure of this nature I enjoy leaving much of the play and exploration up to the boys. Oftentimes their imaginations far exceeds any planning on my part and the dialogue that unfolds organically fosters stronger learning connections with the experience. On this particular excursion the boys really took to the idea of becoming turkeys, searching for the largest leaf/leaves possible and holding it behind their backs while running like wild turkeys [insert silly turkey gobble]. This then led to lengthy discussions about how turkeys live, how they walk, and what they do for food.
The boys were captivated by the "swooshing" sounds of the leaves, the colors, and how far they could see "into the trees." We carry a small bag to collect artifacts, which are later used to write stories and document discoveries. Some of our favorite post-adventure activities include:
Without a doubt the most endearing moments happen naturally as the boys engage in conversation together, help one another, and make decisions about where the adventure should take us next. I enjoy taking a step back in these moments, watching the foundation of their relationship strengthen and flourish. These outdoor sensory adventures and the memories created are something I reflect back on in the craziness of the day-to-day. They are without a doubt always successful because of the freedom the boys have to explore and travel where their curiosity leads them.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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