Creating an Autumn Box with your Toddler

I posted a while ago a post about pasta play that my Mum had done with Little Man. She visits us every Monday and with her background in pre school education often comes armed with cardboard boxes and cut out pictures. Little Man loves doing these activities with her.

Last week she had the idea of doing an autumn box with Little Man, based on the idea of having an autumn table at nursery. She used to run a playgroup and often did this for each season. I thought I would share it with you as Little Man really enjoyed it.

She bought along a shoe box and some autumn pictures she had cut out from a magazine. Little Man stuck the pictures on the box to decorate it.

Then we put our wellies on and went out collecting. Little Man collected pine cones, conkers, acorns and leaves to name a few. He loved it.

We bought them back home and he put them in his box. We have been collecting things ever since. Little Man loves to sit having a mooch in his box and takes great pride in telling people he did it with his Granny!



This is a great cheap activity and fabulous for teaching your toddler about Autumn. Has anyone done anything similar?

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  • Elizabeth
    22/09/2015 at 10:16

    I love this idea! One of my girls is obsessed with picking up little things outside whenever we go for walks- this would be perfect 🙂 Thanks for sharing! #twinklytuesday
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:13

      Thank you, it has been lots of fun xx

  • Maria Noell
    22/09/2015 at 11:20

    This is such a fab idea! I love going on walks with my children when the seasons change (especially into Autumn) but I have never really thought about collecting what we find. Thanks for some mumspiration xoxo
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:13

      It’s a great ongoing activity xx

  • My Bored Toddler
    22/09/2015 at 12:37

    This is a really great idea. I love that it’s a box that you can pull out anytime.
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:20

      Thank you. It is still going strong!

  • san @2littlefaces
    22/09/2015 at 15:25

    What a lovely idea. I will definitely give this a go with the boys! and I need to do more of this sort of thing with them as well. Thanks for sharing! #TwinklyTuesday xxx
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:14

      Aw have fun! xx

  • Fionnuala
    24/09/2015 at 10:43

    What a great idea! we collected a load of leaves and acorns yesterday afternoon. Maybe we should have a go at this now.
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:15

      Definitely!! We’re still going! xx

  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    24/09/2015 at 17:21

    This is SUCH a lovely idea! The boys collected conkers and acorns last week and their grandparent’s house — they were absolutely mesmerised by them! We c
    should have put them in a box and collected some other bits and pieces — they’d have loved that 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #TwinklyTuesday — much appreciated x
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:15

      Thanks lovely xx

  • helen gandy
    27/09/2015 at 12:50

    This is such a lovely idea, I must do this with Alfie. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst see you next week! xx
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:16

      Aw hope he enjoys it xx

  • theloveofacaptain
    29/09/2015 at 10:38

    I definitely want to try this when Jack is a bit older. He is very hands on already so I think he’d love it #bestandworst x
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    • Mummy in Training
      06/10/2015 at 12:16

      Oh yes he would love it then xx


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