Looking for some educational preschool activities to keep your students entertained this autumn? You can spark curiosity and inspire learning in young children with activities that are educational, engaging, and fun. These activities can also help prepare your students for kindergarten.
Here are six fun autumn activities for preschoolers that will keep your little ones busy and engaged.
1. Go on a Nature Walk and Collect Leaves
Parents and teachers are always on the lookout for outdoor activities for students. How about a nature walk? Nature walks teach children about the world around them, and changing seasons present a ripe opportunity for observational learning.
Collect leaves, and have the children compare and contrast the different types of leaves they find. You can also have them try to identify the trees they came from. Don’t forget to point out the wildlife scurrying about the fallen leaves!
2. Read Stories About Autumn
Gather around for some autumn-themed books with your children.
Some of our favorites include “The Little Red Leaf,” “The Biggest Pumpkin Ever,” and “We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt.”
3. Autumn Crafts
Preschoolers are at a stage of exploring their creativity and beginning to understand the world around them. Autumn is a great time to encourage creativity for preschoolers with some fun crafts. Here are some easy and fun art project ideas to get them started:
- Collect leaves of different colors and sizes, then glue them onto a piece of paper to create a fall scene
- Create an autumn wreath by gluing leaves, acorns, sticks, and berries onto a paper plate
- Use paint to make handprints or footprints on construction paper, then add details like eyes, noses, and mouths to turn them into animals (real or make-believe both work!)
- Make a leaf mask by tracing a child’s face onto construction paper, then cutting out eye holes and gluing leaves, glitter, and other autumn decorations
- Create leaf rubbings by allowing the children to select some leaves, place a piece of paper or wax paper over the leaves, and help them rub crayons over the top to create a beautiful autumn scene
- Get some clay and let the children mold it into anything they want – pumpkins, apples, turkeys, etc. Then paint them once they’re dry
There are endless possibilities for autumn crafts – just use your imagination and have fun!
4. Apple Tasting
This is a great activity for introducing kids to different types of apples. You can cut up a variety of apples and let your students taste each one. Ask them to compare the taste, texture, and smell of the different apples.
What would a proper apple tasting be without dips? Try some caramel dip, flavored whipped topping, or even yogurt. Feeling adventurous? Let your students create their own dipping sauce combinations.
5. Pumpkin Painting
Painting pumpkins is a fun way to get your students excited about autumn. You can provide different colors of paint and let them go to town. Or, try something a little different, like this marble painting technique.
Display the finished pumpkins in your classroom, hallways, or on the front porch, and watch as the compliments come rolling in. You could even turn the pumpkin painting into a contest.
6. Scavenger Hunt
This activity is perfect for getting children up and moving. Hide autumn-themed items around your classroom or yard and let your children go on a scavenger hunt.
Alternatively, you could play an autumn version of “I Spy.” Both options are good for engaging students’ curiosity and problem-solving skills.
By incorporating these autumn activities into your preschool curriculum, you’ll help your children learn about the changing seasons while having lots of fun.
Enjoy Autumn Activities for Preschoolers
There are endless possibilities for autumn activities for preschoolers. Just be sure to choose seasonal school activities that are age-appropriate and that will help your students learn and grow.
Spending time outdoors is a great way to keep children active and engaged in their environment. Take a look at our catalog and learn more about outdoor learning options to keep preschoolers busy.