Fall is my favorite season! There are so many fun fall activities for preschoolers. There are leaves to jump in. Mysteries to solve like, why do leaves change color? Apple pies to make and pumpkins to carve!
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Fall Activities For Preschoolers
As the weather gets cooler, children love to watch as the scenery around them changes from green to orange, red, and yellows. They may even be able to observe some of the animals preparing for winter.
- Leaf hunt
- First, read We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, then venture outside to collect leaves. Save the leaves to use for the projects listed below.
- Places to Visit:
- Pumpkin Patch
- Visit a pumpkin patch if you have one in your area. Be sure to come home with a pumpkin or two that you can cut up to explore. You can use them for the art and science projects listed here.
- apple or peach farm
- Pumpkin Patch
- Roast Pumpkin Seeds
- Make an apple pie
- If you don’t already have a favorite recipe, this might be a great opportunity to have your child ask their grandmom for their recipe.
Fall Science Activities for Preschoolers
- Sink or Float
- Have your child place apples and seeds into a see-thru container filled with water to see if they sink or float. Try different colored apples. Does it make a difference what color the apple is, or do they all do the same thing? How about pumpkin seeds? Do they do the same thing apple seeds do? Check out Sink And Float Activities for Preschoolers for more ideas
- Color Mixing
- Mix red and yellow paint in a ziplock baggie to create the color orange. (Use the paint for the Pumpkin Shape Stampers and /or the Pumpkin Plate art project below)
- Color Walk
- Go on a walk and look for the colors of fall. Find things that are red, yellow, or orange.
Fall Preschool Books
- Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears by Cynthia Rylant
- Little Critter: The Fall Festival by Mercer Mayer
- Autumn in the Forest (a Lift-a-Flap Book)by Rusty Finch
- Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
- Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
- Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg (Dr. Seuss)
- An Apple’s Life (Watch it Grow) by Nancy Dickman
- Why Do Leaves Change Color by Betsy Maestro
- We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
- When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger
- Leaves Fall Down by Lisa Marie Bullard
- This book does a great job answering the question, “Why do leaves change color?” in a way preschoolers will understand.
- The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders
- From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
- It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff
- The Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain
- Sky Tree (Seeing Science Through Art) Thomas Locker
Fall Arts and Craft Ideas for Preschoolers
1. Leaf Window Collage
This fun fall activity for preschoolers starts with a nature walk collecting leaves. Once back inside, the children arranged their leaves onto a laminating sheet and accented it with a black construction paper frame. An adult then runs it through the laminator. This can be done with contact paper if you prefer not to use heat.
2. Apple Prints
This is a simple, favorite preschool craft. Cut an apple in half. Cut a handle into the apple. Then let your little one use it to stamp apple prints onto their paper.
3. Pumpkin Shape Stampers
This craft is similar to the apple prints. Cut out a shape around the stem of a pumpkin (circle, triangle, or square). Using the stem as a handle, dip the pumpkin shape into the orange paint you mixed above and stamp them onto paper.
4. Paint a Pumpkin Plate
Make a paper plate pumpkin by painting a paper plate with orange paint or the paint you mixed up in your science project. Add a small piece of green or brown construction paper to the top to form a stem.
5. Make Leaf Rubbing
Place a leaf under a thin piece of paper. Take the paper off of the crayons you want to use. Using the side of a crayon, rub it over the paper on the leaf.
6. Corn on the Cob Rollers
Using a raw ear of corn and some corn on the cob holders, have your preschooler roll the corn across a sheet of paper. It makes a wonderful pattern design.
7. Draw and Color a Fall Tree
Read the story Sky Tree by Thomas Locker and then take your child outside and find a tree they can draw and color. This will be the first of 4 pictures. Revisit the same tree and draw and color it again in the winter, spring, and summer. ( You may even want to take a picture of the kiddos in front of it each season. )
8. Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin
Add Mr. Potato Head pieces to your pumpkin. Although this one only got a nose, he did get a name – Jerry. lol
Fall Theme Songs Playlist
Here’s a collection of my favorite fall songs about trees changing colors, falling leaves, and chilly weather.
For More Ideas
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