Fall Activities For Preschoolers
It’s October! Which means Fall is here and it’s time to start seasonal activities with your kids. You’ve probably already searched lists of preschooler and toddler-friendly fall activities But I’ve got some fun ones you might not have thought of! You won’t want to miss these fun activities this Autumn.
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1.) Visit A Pumpkin Patch
Depending on the area you live in, you could probably visit a different pumpkin patch every week and still not see all that is available. We visit one every October even if we don’t end up taking a pumpkin home. Many patches offer more fall activities than just taking cute photos with the pumpkins. Bounce houses, petting zoos, face painting, carnival food, wooden cutouts, take-home crafts, are all possibilities!
And if you do decide to pick out a pumpkin, be sure to check back in a few weeks to see our pumpkin learning activities.
2.) Water Sensory Bin With Fall Leaves and Pumpkins
Our Fall water sensory bin is an immersive Fall Activity. Really it’s a tub of water (you could add red or orange food coloring to give it more of an autumn feel but I opted not to) then I provided Roo with some Fall items.
Fake Fall Leaves
Acorns from outside
Tiny Pumpkins (both whole and with the centers carved out)
A Spoon with Slits
(She added some plastic animals)
We added each item individually and watched how it would either sink or float. Then she used the spoon to scoop the sinking items into the “pumpkin boats.” Such a fun exploratory activity!
3.) Handprint Fall Tree
One of my favorite Fall activities is one I intend to repeat every year until Roo gets sick of it. And maybe a while after that too…
I started with a long piece of paper. (Cut from a roll like this one. We use this paper all the time!) Then drew a tree trunk and branches in the center.
Fall colored acrylic paint was put on a paper plate, then Roo dipped her hands into it and made handprints on the tree.
I got in on the action too! We kept making
smudges handprints until the tree and all around it was full.
The result was beautiful!
4.) Fall Wreath
I mentioned this project as an adult craft on my Apple Themed blog post, but this particular wreath pictured here was done with Roo. I used a styrofoam wreath and some assorted leaves and flowers all from the dollar store. I also picked up some cute yellow butterflies and white ribbon. After I pulled or cut the leaves and flowers off, I gave them to Roo to poke into the wreath. I really like the way her random arrangement worked out, it’s not something I could have created myself. I’m too methodical and calculating. A space was left to wrap the ribbon around and make a loop for hanging. Once Roo was done, I went back with the hot glue gun to permanently attach the stuff. It’s my favorite fall decoration to hang up, and it would make a fantastic Fall gift!
5.) Button Tree Busy Bin
This one is so fun and can be adapted to any season. I saw these fall colored buttons and couldn’t resist them along with these apple-shaped buttons. I also love these leaf buttons and these apple buttons from CreateforLess. (Affiliate Links!)
First I made a couple of trees by twisting together several pipe cleaners and leaving the top half untwisted. I poked
the bottom through a foam sheet and bent the ends to hold them upright.
I set the sheet into a small plastic bin like this one. Then I spread the buttons around the bottom and threaded a few onto each branch.
Roo immediately set to work taking the buttons off the branches and making the buttons “fall” to the ground. Then she rethreaded them and began again. This continued for a while until she decided to start sorting the buttons by color and size on the ground next to her.
I hope you found some ideas for your next fall activity with your kiddos! Let me know in the comments (or email me) what your favorite fall activity is!