About a month ago, as I was making one of my periodic attempts to organize my crafting supplies in a more efficient manner, Ari got hold of my bucket of foam shapes. While I'd been attempting to introduce the various shapes and colors to him over the course of the Summer, Ari decided that today was just for fun- and with that decision made, he promptly emptied the bucket onto the carpet. He was so exciting to watch and feel the shapes fall all around him, that he spontaneously began to gather more shapes by the handful and toss them into the air, laughing as they rained back down on him!
While not educational in a traditional sense, the fun (that lasted close to 15 minutes!) taught Ari about softness, laughter, and is sure to be strengthening his arms for future sports ;)
And since it is Fall right now, why not incorporate the activity into your classroom with Fall leaves? Take the kids on a nature walk with paper bags and fill them with not only the soft freshly fallen leaves, but also the dead crunchy leaves; and when you get back to your classroom/play space, allow the children to just revel in the joy of experiencing the leaves!