October 31, 2014

Preschool Theme – Fall

handtreeAutumn is filled with so many new things for preschoolers. School is starting up again, the weather is getting colder, and the leaves are changing colors. Help preschoolers experience all of the wonderful things the changing seasons have to offer with this hands-on autumn preschool theme.

Preschool Autumn Circle Time

Talk about the four seasons and what is different about each of them. Ask preschoolers what clothes they wear for each of the different seasons and what activities they do.

Talk about what happens to the leaves when they change colors in the fall. Ask the preschoolers what different colors of leaves they have seen.

Talk about what different kinds of fruits grow on trees. Explain to the preschoolers that different kinds of apples grow on different kinds of trees.

Tell preschoolers that when the leaves on the trees finish changing colors they fall off the tree branches and onto the ground. Ask the preschoolers why they think we rake the leaves up. Pretend to rake leaves up off the ground.

Preschool Autumn Arts and Crafts

Leaf Rubbings – Collect a variety of leaves. Help each preschooler place a piece of paper over a leaf. Using a crayon without paper, turn the crayon on its side and rub it over the paper. Preschoolers will create a copy of the leaf on their paper.

Preschool Autumn Hand Tree -Preschoolers are fascinated by the changing colors of fall leaves. This simple preschool art activity will let preschoolers create their own autumn tree. Preschoolers will strengthen their small motor skills as they trace their hand and practice using safety scissors.

Finger Painting – Finger paint with fall colors such as, brown, orange, and red.

Letter A Apple Stamping

Dress for Fall
– Cut out a variety of pictures of people wearing fall clothes and glue them onto paper.

Preschool Autumn Math and Science

Preschool Nature Walk – Give each preschooler a brown paper bag. Go on a nature walk and let the preschoolers collect various items that they find outside, such as, rocks, leaves, small sticks, etc. When you get back from your nature walk let each preschooler share what they found. Let preschoolers glue a few items on the outside of their back to decorate. Store larger items inside the bag.

Fall Counting Cards – Print out cards (on cardstock) labeled with the numbers 1-10. Place craft leaves, nuts, or something else fall related on a table and have the children practice counting out the right amount of items.

Preschool Science Activity – Why Do Leaves Change Colors? – To preschoolers, the changing colors of fall leaves may seem like something close to magic. This simple science lesson will help preschoolers to understand the process that leaves go through in the fall when they begin to change colors and what plants need to live and grow.

Preschool Autumn Music and Movement

Leaves on the Tree (tune of “Wheels of the Bus”)
The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown. . .orange and brown. .. .orange and brown
The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown, all over town.
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down
The leaves on the trees coming tumbling down, all over town.
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish. .. swish, swish, swish.. . .Swish, swish, swish
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish, all over town.

The Leaves are Falling Down
(“the farmer in the dell”)
The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green and brown
The leaves are falling down

Preschool Autumn Pretend Play

Add preschooler sized rakes and foam leaves to your pretend play area. Let preschoolers pretend to rake up the leaves.

Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Sophie the Giraffe is a classic for a reason. Babies love it!

Cloud b Tranquil Turtle
The Cloud b Tranquil Turtle is the perfect gift for a little one, and one that will be enjoyed for many years to come.
Read our review here.


Haba Clutching Toys
I cannot say enough good things about Haba clutching toys. They are the ultimate in teething toys for babies.

aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blanket

These muslin swaddle blankets are so versatile no parent should be without them.

Pully Palz

Created by an innovative mom, Pully Palz helps baby retrieve pacifiers and toys and looks adorable while doing it!

Earth Mama Angel Baby A Little Something For Baby

Earth Mama Angel Baby is a wonderful line of non-toxic products for mom and baby. This little kit is a perfect gift to pamper baby.

Belly Banter BABY ONESIE Stickers

What better way to celebrate the first year of life then with onesie stickers! New parents will love this fun way to document their baby's growth.

Baby Einstein Bendy Ball

We snagged one of these at a yard sale a while back and it's one of the most popular toys in our house!

Pediped Originals
Pediped Originals give new walkers the flexibility they need in a shoe and they are super cute!

Manhattan Toy Color Burst Winkel in a Box
Babies love to hold the Winkel toy from Manhattan Toy and the fresh new colors on this one are so fun!
Surviving Infancy DVD
As a new mom, keeping your baby is top priority. This new DVD featuring advice from two doctors is a great gift for new parents.
Baby Signing Time Videos
Baby Signing Time videos are sweet and entertaining. They can be a great way to teach your baby basic signs and improve communication.
Signing Time Communication System - as seen on Nick Jr and Public Television
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car
This fun floor toy gives babies so many things to explore!
My Tiny Hands "Please Wash" Sign
With cold and flu season upon us, it may be time to take extreme measures against germs. This sign may keep unwanted touches to a minimum.

Poppity Pop Muscial Dino

What could be better than bouncing balls? This toy has been a huge hit with babies this year and is a great choice for a holiday gift!
Zen Swaddle
What better gift can you give baby (and mom!) then the gift of sleep. The Zen Swaddle works wonders!

Little Tikes Activity Garden
This cute little activity center gives your little one plenty of things to explore.
Lakeshore Learning Baby Bowling
This adorable set from Lakeshore Learning will help your little one practice his motor skills!

We’re always adding ideas. Do you have a great fall Preschool activity that you want to share? Email it to us (with any photos) and we’ll include a link back to your site.

About Rachel

Rachel knows what it is like to be busy and worry about balancing everything without losing your sanity. As a homeschooling mom of 6 incredibly different kids, including newborn twins (and one tiny angel who passed away at birth), she's just about seen it all . . . when she isn't too sleep deprived to notice.

Rachel holds a B.A. in English and is a former teacher. She is the creator of Busy Mommy Media and works as a freelance writer from home.


  1. What great ideas! I can’t wait to try some of these with my little ones! :-)
    .-= Kristie´s last blog ..Award Season? =-.

  2. These are great fall craft ideas. Another fun idea for fall leaves is to place them between pieces of clear contact paper. You can hang them in the window or make placemats out of them.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Paper Plate Sun =-.

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