Autumn Play – Toddler

Autumn Play ToddlerAutumn brings cooler temperatures which are perfect for playing outside with toddlers. In some places the first few rains of autumn can be an exciting time as streams begin to flow again.

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Making ‘boats’ to race down streams or float on puddles helps your toddler learn early science concepts. They experiment with different materials such as leaves and sticks. They discover what moves fast and what sinks.

Add language

Autumn is full of changing colours and textures. Talk about colours, textures, shapes and sizes while looking at nature with your toddler. Follow your toddler’s lead. Provide the words that go with what has captured their interest.

As their language develops, you can introduce your toddler to concepts such as “fast, faster, fastest” when the ‘boats’ are racing. You can also talk about their size, weight, and shape as you experiment together. See what floats and what doesn’t. This provides the words which match these early maths and science concepts.

Other development

Taking turns to experiment with or race the ‘boats’ helps your toddler develop their social and cooperative play skills.

Collecting natural materials and making their own ‘boats’ helps toddlers strengthen their fine motor and problem solving skills.


Autumn is a great time to go for a walk outside together. You could collect some “treasures” or play a game of “spot that”.


Always supervise children around water.

Activities listed under “toddler” are suitable for children aged 1-3 years. Toddlers enjoy activities that include exploring their environment and finding out how things work.