Spider Web Fine Motor Challenge

spiders on a bed of shredded green paper with a pipe cleaner web over the top and purple tweezers resting on the pipe cleaners

In preparation for learning to write, I have been creating lots of fun fine motor skills activities for J to play. In keeping with the autumn/Halloween season I made a spider web fine motor challenge for him. It was a really simple activity to set up and I only used items that I had lying around the house already. J was really excited when he saw the spider web in the cupboard and couldn’t wait to get started.

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Best Autumn Activities for Toddlers

autumn activities for toddlers. Two pumpkins with carved faces on a wooden table with autumn leaves in the background.

There are so many fabulous activities for toddlers to do at this time of year whether it is getting them outside in between the rain showers or keeping them entertained indoors on a wet or cold afternoon. Here is a selection of some of my favourite activities from when J was a toddler.

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Cupcake Tuff Tray

Cupcake tuff tray messy at the end of play.

It’s National Cupcake Week, which I thought would be a good opportunity to create J some food sensory play. I have been a bit pre-occupied during the last couple of weeks and so J hasn’t been doing many focused sensory activities. This cupcake tuff tray is a great sensory activity for J as he can play with food in a safe environment with no expectation to try to eat the food unless he wants to. J loves to help me prepare food but he has fallen out of love with baking since I found the convenience of an electric whisk. Hopefully the cupcake play will help to inspire J ready to bake my birthday cake in a few weeks!

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Shaving Foam Car Wash Sensory Play

J washing the cars clean at his shaving foam car wash.

In this lovely hot summer, any excuse to encourage J to play with water to help him cool down is a good one and combining that with some touch sensory play too is even better. Before we could set up the shaving foam car wash we had to empty the sand from the sand and water tray in the garden, which J loved helping with. First he dug all of the sand and poured it into a black bin liner which was sat in his wheelbarrow. Then he wheeled his wheelbarrow to the bins and emptied all the sand. Following this he used the hose to fill the tray with water (and I added some washing up liquid) and then J scrubbed the sand tray with a brush. J loved being helpful and thought this was lots of fun too.


When J had finally finished playing with the water, bubbles and brush it was time to fill one half of the tray with water and the other half with shaving foam. J then added his cars into the shaving foam and got them nice and covered.

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Trapped in the Ice Sensory Play

The car trapped in ice but partially free with a chunk of chiselled off ice sat beside it.
J has always been resistant to playing with ice in the past – he is adverse to temperature extremes. However, in our recent heat wave he has been asking for ice in his water and so I thought we would try some ice play. Since J is a huge car fan, I thought I would trap a car in the ice to encourage him to play with the ice to free the car.
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