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Preschool activities 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!
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Preschool Fall Activity Theme

The Halloween and Thanksgiving Themes are in the Rainbow Resource Room.

Squirrel Song

Here is a fun action chant about squirrels in the fall from Elizabeth C.

Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel 
Shake your bushy tail (
pretend to shake tail)
Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel

Shake your bushy tail (
pretend to shake tail)
Wrinkle up your funny nose (
act out line)
Put a nut between your toes (
pretend to eat a nut)
Gray Squirrel Shake your bushy tail (
Pretend to shake a tail)

 

Cooking: Easy Pumpkin Pudding
Melody R. helps children with measuring as they cook up this Autumn treat.

Materials and Ingredients:
1 cup vanilla pudding for each child 
2 tsp. Libby's easy pumpkin pie mix per child
A bowl for each child
A spoon for each child

Description: 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 Art Ideas
Promote small motor development with these seasonal art ideas from Suzanne S.

Materials: Fall colored construction paper. fall colored paint, string,
medicine dropper, playdough in fall colors, cinnamon and vanilla scents,
cloves, apples, paint, mini pumpkins and acorn squash.

Descriptions: 
1.   Cut paper into large leaf shapes use dropper to drop fall colored tempera onto paper. Fold paper in half and rub the closed paper open to a  wonderful surprise.

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   paper
 

Magic Pumpkin Seeds
Melody R. encourages imagination by using a little bit of magic and a seasonal theme

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.
 

Pumpkin Patch Di-vine!
Promote body awareness and stimulate discussion about the uniqueness of each child's fingerprints with this preschool activity by Deborah C.

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 Resource Room.
 

Mr. Pumpkin Head
Preschoolers use fine motor skills during this Autumn activity by Annessa.

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.

 

Fall Wreath
This Autumn activity by Susan C. begins with an outdoor nature walk and ends with and indoor craft activity.

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.
 

Fall Leave Place Mats
Preschool children use fine motor skills, have fun and create something practical during this Autumn early childhood activity by Terri H.

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.
 

My Leaf Book of Fall Leaves
Preschool and kindergarten observe the differences in leaf shape and color during this early childhood activity from Diana W. which can extend into a classification lesson.

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.

 The leaves are falling down.
 The leaves are falling down.
 Red, yellow, green and brown.
 The leaves are falling down.
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.

Comments: It is fun to have the children go out to collect the leaves to be used. 
 

Fall Poem
This action poem, about Fall colors and the fun we can have with leaves, is sent by Melissa W.

Red and yellow, green and brown.
count off colors on fingers
Leaves are falling to the ground.
simulate falling leaves with hands
We pile them up OH SO HIGH:
'pile' leaves with hands
Then we JUMP in!
pretend to jump in
 My dog and I!

Comments: The children really enjoy acting this poem out during our circle time.

 

Fall Sorting
Preschool children sort a variety of fall objects during this activity by Jenn J.

Materials: 4 egg cartons, 12 acorns, 12 maple seeds, 12 pine cones, 12 leaves, or other fall objects small container.

Description: Place objects in small container on table. encourage children to sort the objects into the egg cartons.
Comments: This idea can be used for a variety of themes.
 

Fall theme art activityAutumn Leaves
Decorate your classroom's windows with this Fall Sun Catcher by Jena.

Materials: Contact paper, tissue paper in fall colors, permanent marker, leaf shape patterns.

Description:
Cut a 5 x5 inch square of contact paper, put tape on the dull side and tape it to the table for each child. Peel of the backing so that the sticky side is facing the child. Have the children cut or tear small pieces of tissue paper and completely cover the piece of contact paper. Cover the first 5 x5 piece with another piece so that the tissue is now between the two pieces of contact paper. Trace a leaf shape onto the contact paper and cut out the leaf shape. Use a couple of pieces of clear tape to adhere the leaves to a window where the sun will shine through them.

Comments: 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.
 

Sensory: "Fall Feely Box"
Learning different textures and identifying them is fun for young preschool and kindergarten children during this early childhood activity by Jana.

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. 

Comments: I use this box often, the children love it. Trying to figure out what's inside is much fun! 
 

Thanksgiving song"I'm A Little Turkey"
Teachers don't forget to ask young children why the turkey runs away, when teaching them this action song by Jenn J.

Sing to the tune of  "I'm a Little Teapot".

 I'm a little turkey
 My name is Ted,
 Here are my feathers 
 And here is my head.
 Gobble, gobble, gobble
 Is what I say,
 Quick run, 
 It's Thanksgiving day.
Turkey art and crafts can be found in the Rainbow Resource Room's Thanksgiving Theme.

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