As the seasons change and leaves go from greens to yellows and then to red, your child is changing too. Celebrate these changes both big and small by “crowning” them with a festive Autumn crown. You will work on so many developmental skills along the way!
- Take an orange sheet of sturdy construction paper and pencil in simple triangular lines typical of crowns. You can then have an older child cut it out or for a younger child, cut it out and they can decorate it.
- Gather up a variety of glitter, glue, pom poms, and foam letters to decorate the crown. Explore your yard for lovely fall leaves to add some whimsical flair.
- Let your child decorate their crown. Squeezing, pinching, and using gently finger pressure to apply items to the crown works on fine motor skills.
- Fit the crown to your child’s head, securing it with tape. Complete their royal outfit by exploring your closets to find a fun sash, cape, or dressy shoes. Dressing up helps set the stage for imaginary play.
- Extend the fun by making crowns for your pumpkins or favorite stuffed animals.
Wishing you all fun tidings this Fall and Halloween!
Lisa Cummings OTR/L
Director of Fun, Co-Founder & Mother of Four
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified (SIPT)
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