I decided to put the items in a wicker basket rather than a plastic bin (which I typically use) to carry on the natural feel of the gourds and corn. Actually, L had helped me pick these things out at the market a couple of days before we did this activity, and she was so surprised and happy to see everything again!
She especially loved the corn - we talked about the bumpy texture and the crinkly stalk. She even tickled my nose with it!
After the initial exploration, L took emptying and refilling the basket with all of the items. She has been very into counting lately, so I used the opportunity to work on counting with her, using one-to-one correspondence.
As the activity began to wind down, we also learned something new about gourds: if you drop them, they bounce!
We both loved this activity! It was so simple and yet presented us with so many opportunities for language, math concepts, and sensory experiences.
Have your kiddos had a chance to experience some of these fall items? What else would you add to your own discovery basket?