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Fun Fall Activities For Preschoolers

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!

Fall theme ideas for preschoolers. Fall leaves and boy with apple.

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Fall Activities For Preschoolers

As the weather gets cooler, children can watch as the scenery around them changes from green to oranges, reds, and yellows. They may be able to observe 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
  • 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 Experiments

  • 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 color 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?
    • See Sink And Float Activities for more ideas
  • Color Mixing
    • Mix red and yellow paint in a ziplock baggie to create 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

Fall in General

  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears by Cynthia Rylant
  • Little Critter: The Fall Festival by Mercer Mayer
  • Autumn in the Forest by Rusty Finch
  • Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Leaves

  • 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

Apples

  • 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 answers the question, “Why do leaves change color,” in a way preschoolers will understand.

Pumpkins

  • The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders
  • From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff
  • The Berenstain Bears Fall Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Fall Arts and Craft Ideas for Preschoolers

1. Leaf Window Collage

Leaf window prints
Leaf window prints

This fun fall activity for preschoolers starts with a nature walk collecting leaves. Once back inside, the children arranges their leaves onto a laminating sheet and accented it with a black construction paper frame. An adult then runs it thru the laminator. This can be done with contact paper if you prefer not to use heat.

2. Apple Prints

Apple prints with red paint

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 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

Pumpkin jack lantern named Jerry

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.

A fall scene with preschoolers, punkins and apple

For More Ideas

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