Invitation to Play: Fall Fine Motor Activity

Welcome to day three of our five-day series: Fall Invitations to Play!  I am teaming up with four other talented kid bloggers to bring you 25 fall-themed invitations to play that should provide you with enough inspiration for setting up your own open-ended play prompts to carry you right through the season. I’ve linked my co-hosts’ amazing invitations at the end of this post- be sure to check them all out when you are finished here! If you are just now joining us for the series, you might want to read my first post HERE which includes an introduction to creating invitations to play if you aren’t familiar with them, including links to some great resources on the subject.

Today’s Invitation: Fall Fine Motor Activity

Invitation to Play: Fall Fine Motor Activity


This simple invitation was super quick to set up and capitalizes on one of the twins’ favorite pasttimes…poking! They enjoy poking things into play dough, clay, mud, styrofoam, you name it.  So when I saw these styrofoam blocks at the Dollar Tree, I knew exactly what we could use them for. I also picked up some fall leaf cupcake toppers and a bag of faux acorns, and discovered later that I could poke toothpicks into the bottom of the acorns pretty easily, so these become our “pokeable” items.  I haven’t presented this to the twins yet, but when I do, I will most likely use the finished products as centerpieces or kid-made fall decor.   After the holidays, we can remove the leaves and acorns and use the blocks for another activity.

*Caution: Toothpicks do have sharp ends, so this activity is not appropriate for younger toddlers. As with any activity, please supervise your children closely while playing.

Invitation to Play: Fall Fine Motor Activity

Ways Children Might Use the Materials

  • Poking leaves and acorns into styrofoam
  • Making patterns or designs with the leaves and acorns


This prompt is designed to encourage fine motor development, eye hand coordination, focus and concentration, and creativity.

Invitation to Play: Fall Fine Motor Activity

If this is your first time visiting, you might enjoy the other posts in this series:

1. Pom Pom Apple Tree

2. Create a Fall Forest

3. Fall Fine Motor Activity

4. Magnetic Fall Tree

5. Fall Play Dough with Tree Block Stamps

I hope you enjoyed today’s invitation to play, and please check back tomorrow for another fun idea. Now, don’t forget to stop by the other participating blogs to check out their wonderful invitations, too!

Simple Fall Themed Invitation to Playby My Nearest and Dearest

Pumpkin Patch Small World by Buggy and Buddy

Fall Nature Collage Invitation to Create by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Squirrel Train Small World by Play Trains!


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  1. What young child doesn’t like poking things?! I love the simplicity of this. :)

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