Activities for Teachers of Young Children
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Seasonal curriculum activities for fall, including songs for Fire Safety, Apples, and colorful leaves.
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Preschool Fall Activities
Materials: Small dixie cups , squirrel pattern and nuts.
Description: Teachers take a squirrel pattern and staple it to dixie cups. Write a number on each squirrel. Now, have the child count out how many nuts they need for that squirrel. Have a different number on each squirrel. You can also have the child take nuts away from the squirrel, to see how many he has left.
three's I find are not quite ready for this. I find that by the end of
the year they're doing it much better.
'Round "Seasonal Tree"
Materials: Large paper cut out of
a tree with bare limbs.
Description: We place a large brown tree with bare limbs on a vacant wall. We begin the school year with green leaves on this tree. Teachers can put children's name on individual leaves. The children enjoy seeing their names placed around the room. I generally put flowers at the base of the tree and a sunshine could be put up over the tree.
FALL: Gradually start changing the green leaves to fall colored leaves. Once they have all changed, have them begin to "fall to the ground" until the tree is bare. We make pumpkins to put under the tree to replace the flowers and at halloween time add faces to these pumpkins.
WINTER: Explaining the seasons to the children, we tell them about summer and fall. Since our tree is now without leaves, during the winter we will add our own "special" things to the tree. We make:
Then the leaves begin to reappear for the spring.Snowmen in December
New for this year, we're adding apple blossoms (made from tissue paper) to the tree in September and then change those blossoms to apples. Showing it as a fall apple tree (before we do the color change on the leaves).
Comments: This was a new idea for last year. We are going to use it this year to really discuss the changing seasons and also incorporate our apple lessons.
Materials: Song on chart (song is below), dog puppet, white styrofoam cup, googly eyes, construction paper (red, white, black) to make ears, (white construction paper), red tongue, red hat, and black spots.
Using white styrofoam cup inverted, adding eyes, ears, a red tongue, glued on spots and a red hat. They stand on their own and are adorable.
There is an entire Fire
Safety Theme in the Rainbow
Away up high in an apple tree.An entire Apple Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room!
Materials: Pine cones, fall leaves in many colors, nuts, acorns, etc. and cardboard or oak tag, and glue.
Description: After going on a nature hike for the above materials, cut a wreath shape out of cardboard. Ask children to decorate their wreath with their own findings. You may want to have them put ribbon on it too.
Comments: This wreath looks so nice
when done that it can be kept
Color Song: Leaves on the Trees
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
Lots of Color Activities are in the Rainbow Resource Room.
Classification Bar Graph
You will need:
In advance explain to preschool children that they will collect fallen leaves. Remind children not to put leaves off plants, bushes or trees. Only collect the leaves that have fallen on the ground. Encourage young children to use the "buddy system" when collecting (two preschoolers share each collection paper bag). As the children collect leaves teachers use descriptive words, "I see you've found 3 orange leaves" etc.
Back inside the preschool classroom, during small group time, sort the leaves according to color, size or kind. Together with young children count how many of each color, size or kind. Are there more brown leaves than green leaves?
Creating a vertical bar graph will help children compare the leaves according to a classification category such as color etc. On craft paper teachers list the leaf colors. Next ask children to tape or glue leaves in the appropriate color column. Display on children's eye level and refer to the bar graph often during the fall season.
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