Activities for Teachers of Young Children
and ideas that enhance early childhood curriculum during the fall season.
Take advantage of Autumn's colorful leaves with these plans and continue
on to the second page of this theme for a leaf graph that promotes classification
skills. You'll even find a Fire Safety song!
Preschool Fall Activity Theme
The Halloween and Thanksgiving Themes are in the Rainbow Resource Room.
Here is a fun action chant about squirrels in the Fall from Elizabeth C.
Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel
Easy Pumpkin Pudding
Materials and Ingredients:
Help young children measure and place one cup of vanilla pudding in their
individual bowls. Next, measure out 2 tsp. pie mix with each child. Ask
children to mix the vanilla pudding and the pie mix together for a seasonal
and yummy treat.
Fall colored construction paper. fall colored paint, string,
2. Using the same shapes and paint dip a long piece of string into paint allow it to fall onto paper and lift.
3. Mix the scents into the playdough and use leaf shaped cookie cutters to play with.
4. Cut a yellow, red and green apple in half take out seeds and save for a collage. Dip in paint and use as a stamp on white or fall colored paper.
5. Cut squash
and pumpkins in half and dip in paint. Use as a stamp on colored
Materials: Pumpkin seeds, small paper bag and small pumpkins.
Description: Show the children a small bag of pumpkin seeds and explain that you believe these are magic pumpkin seeds. Take the children outside to the playground where they can toss the seeds onto the ground. Have them make up a few magic words, if they want.
The next day, before
children go outside gather the seeds up and put small pumpkins in their
place. Take children outside to show them the magical pumpkins that have
grown. Then have the children take the pumpkins home with them.
Materials: Yellow construction paper (may cut in half), orange and green washable paint, paint brushes, bucket of water or sink for washing hands, paint aprons or old shirts and green marker or cotton swabs.
Description: Place the paper on a table in front of the child. Have him or her make a fist with one hand. Paint the top of the fist (fingers and knuckles) orange. Press the fist onto the sheet of paper to resemble a pumpkin. Repeat until the paper has as many pumpkins prints as desired. Next, make a green fingerprint at the top of each pumpkin for a stem. When the paint is dry, use a green marker to add vines to the picture. You may wish to use a cotton swab for this so that the child can make the vines him or her self.
Comments: Children who respond to tactile stimulation love this activity.
Lots of Art
Recipes and Activities are in the Rainbow
Materials: Pumpkin and Mr. Potato head pieces.
Description: Using a medium sized pumpkin, poke some holes where the eyes, nose and mouth should be (include hat and ears). Let the children decorate "Mr. Pumpkin Head" using Mr. Potato Head pieces.
Comments: It's been a hit every year.
Materials: Leaves, acorns, pine cones, bow, brown paint and paper plates.
Description: Cut the center
out of a paper plate and have the children paint the paper plate, brown.
Next, go for a walk to find fall leaves, acorns and pine cones.
When the plates are dry give the children glue
and let them have fun. Away from the children, I use the hot glue gun
to glue any loose pieces and the bow.
Leave Place Mats
Materials: Contact paper, leaf patterns, crayons suitable for "rubbing" in Fall colors and white construction paper.
Description: Tape the leaf cutouts on the table. Place construction paper over the cutouts. Have the children rub the crayon colors of their choice over several of the leaf patterns. Cover front (and back if you choose) with contact paper. These are very bright and colorful. Each child uses his place mat at our Thanksgiving Feast, many use them at home as well.
Comments: This art activity
follows a fall walk! Depending on the age of the children, the construction
paper might have to be taped as well as the cutouts. My three year old
youngsters did not have any problems.
Leaf Book of Fall Leaves
Materials: 2 fall colors of construction paper, 4 white sheets of copy paper, Fall item stickers, red, yellow, green & brown crayons, Poem and yarn or staple to form a book.
Description: The cover of the book is one sheet of construction paper with the title "My Leaf Book". Then let the children put fall stickers to decorate. The next four pages are leaf rubbings with four different leaf shapes and four different crayons. The last page is the second piece of construction paper with the following poem.
When assembling the book you will have a Title Page, Red Leaf Rubbing, Yellow Leaf Rubbing, Green Leaf Rubbing, Brown Leaf Rubbing and finally the Poem.The leaves are falling down.
Comments: It is fun to have the
children go out to collect the leaves to be used.
Red and yellow, green and brown.
Comments: The children really enjoy acting this poem out during our circle time.
Materials: 4 egg cartons, 12 acorns, 12 maple seeds, 12 pine cones, 12 leaves, or other fall objects small container.
Place objects in small container on table. encourage children to sort
the objects into the egg cartons.
Materials: Contact paper, tissue paper in fall colors, permanent marker, leaf shape patterns.
You can sprinkle the tissue with water to make the colors bleed into each
other. Let it dry before putting on the second piece of contact paper.
"Fall Feely Box"
Materials: Leaves, acorns, pine cones, nuts, apples, and other things you have discussed. You'll need a box the children can fit their hands into without seeing inside. I use a large shoe box. With a hole cut in the top.
Description: Teachers, without the children seeing you, add the objects in the box. During circle time have the children take turns feeling inside the box. Ask each child to describe what he or she feels and what they think it is.
I use this box often, the children love it. Trying to figure out what's
inside is much fun!
A Little Turkey"
Sing to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot".
Turkey art and crafts can be found in the Rainbow Resource Room's Thanksgiving Theme.I'm a little turkey
Preschool learning activities, themes and ideas that enrich year round early childhood curriculum