I've put together a collection of fall activities for preschoolers that we have done over the past few years. I love this season! There are so many wonderful learning opportunities that tap into all five senses.
Mixing red and yellow at the easel:
We've done this in many different ways, but in this particular activity we used a large sponge. I love how the entire arm is being worked!
Scooping items into plastic pumpkins
We placed plastic pumpkins in the sensory table, along with dried peas, sand and rocks.
The leaves are most beautiful as they start turning colors! You can see them even better when placed on a light table, as we've done here.
Blending fall colors using balloons:
This was a fun way to mix greens and yellows on orange paper (or any color you might wish). Of course, this is one of those activities you could adapt to any season or theme.
Fall sensory bin:
We colored small macaroni shades of orange and added pine cones, sticks, bowls, leaves, and bug catchers. (We use those bug catchers for so many activities!)
Paper plate pumpkins:
We painted paper plates with glue tinted orange and added yellow and orange pieces of paper and facial features, along with a stem. To keep it from being too crafty, we let them choose what they wanted to add to their pumpkins, in any way they wanted. No two are alike!
Exploring all things orange:
I peeked in the two's class next door to find them exploring orange items on top of a mirror.
Tweezers and small pumpkins:
This was the basic set up, before we added small pieces for them to transfer.
Orange play dough and halloween sequins:
Mix up a batch of play dough, color it orange, and add objects to change the texture a bit. A great sensorial experience!
Cornmeal in the sensory bin:
We filled the table with cornmeal and then added some dried corn, mortar and pestles.
We painted miniature pumpkins and then placed them into a tray lined with paper. As we moved the pumpkins across the paper, a design was created on the paper.
Painting with pipettes:
The giant pumpkin:
We cut up pieces of orange paper as a fine motor exercise and made a giant pumpkin. This was a fun group activity!
Making pumpkins out of flubber:
We used white flubber with pumpkin cookie cutters, coloring it with markers and adding googly eyes.
We used tweezers to pull the kernels off the cob. Great exercise for hand-eye coordination!
We made a Thanksgiving table runner by stamping leaves using cookie cutters and fall colors.
All you need is a paper plate (with center cut out), white glue tinted with brown tempera paint, and leaves!
It will smell like the holidays when you whip up a batch of this play dough! Set out kitchen utensils for some pretend baking fun!
Set up a Pumpkin Stand:
We added pumpkins, baskets, scales and a cash register to our dramatic play area for a pumpkin stand!
No-touch painted paper pumpkins:
Simply squirt some paint onto a pumpkin shape and cover it with Saran Wrap. The paint moves around when the plastic is pressed!
Color some dry macaroni with fall colors and string them for necklaces. (We wear ours during our Thanksgiving Program and Feast.)
Our two year olds especially love this activity. Best of all, you can take the pumpkins outside to wash off the paint when finished, and start all over!
Hammering golf tees into pumpkins:
This is another favorite! We use our plastic hammers and golf tees for many different activities, but I think this is loved the most.
Fall leaf collage:
The next next door to ours rolled paint on a large piece of cardboard and glued leaves on top. Love the colors!
Spiders in the sensory bin:
Dye rice orange and add plastic spiders! (We also added flicker lights for fun.)
Orange tissue paper collage:
Cut orange tissue paper into strips and apply with < type="amzn">liquid starch(thinned a bit with water).
Fall is a beautiful time to take a walk! Take along a bag and fill it with treasures found on the ground and make a collage.
Stamp with pumpkins:
We placed red and yellow paint into containers and stamped onto paper with miniature pumpkins. As the paint slides a bit on the paper, the red and yellow to make orange.
Make apple prints:
A timeless classic, stamping with apples! We carve a handle into the apple for easy handling.
Go stomping in puddles!
Make sure get out there and enjoy the rain puddles mixed with leaves!
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