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Fun-Filled Fall Activities

Fall Activities For Kids

Are you on the lookout for engaging and educational fall activities for kids to enjoy during this delightful season?

 

Look no further! I have compiled a list of over 25 favorite fall activities that my preschool class absolutely loves.

 

Fall, with its cool breeze and beautiful colors, creates the ideal setting for outdoor adventures and fun crafts to keep your little ones entertained and inspired.

 

Now the perfect time to have some quality bonding moments with your kids, and enjoy all the charm of this amazing season.

 

So, let’s dive into these fun fall activities for kids that will put endless smiles on your children’s faces!

 

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Art & Creativity

Fall Trees

Supplies Needed:

Pencil, brown paper, white paper, paint

How-to Guide:

Start by tracing out your child’s stretched-out hand and arm on a brown piece of paper. This will be the tree. Cut out the tracing and glue it onto a piece of white paper. Using red, orange, and brown paint, have your child finger paint on the tree limbs and around the tree to make fall leaves!

 

Leaf Wreaths

Supplies Needed:

Leaves, paper plate, scissors, glue

How-to Guide:

Go outside and collect fallen leaves. Grab a paper plate and cut out the inner circle, leaving an outer ring. Using the leaves that were collected, glue them onto the paper plate ring to create a fall wreath!

 

Apple Stamps

Supplies Needed:

Apple, knife, paper, paint

How-to Guide:

Cut a few apples in half. Get out some paper and paint. Dip the sliced area of an apple into some paint and then press the apple onto a piece of paper. Repeat as much as you want with whatever colors to get multiple apple stamps! 

 

Marbled Leaves

Supplies Needed:

Shaving cream, tray, food coloring, paint, tooth pick, paper

How-to Guide:

Spray a bunch of shaving cream onto a tray. Drop a few drops of food coloring or paint onto the shaving cream. Use a tooth pick to swirl the colored drops around in the shaving cream. The more you swirl and mix the less marbled look you will get, the choice is yours! Cut out a leaf shape out of paper and gently lay it over the shaving cream. Remove the paper from the shaving cream and carefully remove any access shaving cream from the paper. Now you have a marbled leaf! 

 

Pumpkin Paint Roll

Supplies Needed:

Paper, wide container, paint, miniature pumpkins

How-to Guide:

Have your child select their favorite colored piece of paper and place it in a wide, shallow box or container. Squirt some paint into the box. Drop a few miniature pumpkins into the box and let your child shake or roll the pumpkins around through the paint along their paper! Now you have a painted piece of paper and a painted pumpkin! 

 

STEM

Pumpkin Volcano

Supplies Needed:

Pumpkin, scoop, baking soda, dish soap, food coloring, vinegar

How-to Guide:

Cut open the top of a pumpkin and scoop out all the insides. Pour in a few spoonfuls of baking soda, a couple squirts of dish soap, a few drops of food coloring. Now add a ⅓ c. of vinegar and watch your pumpkin volcano erupt! 

 

Fall Sensory Table

Supplies Needed:

Sensory table, dried beans, corn kernels, rice, fall elements

How-to Guide:

In your sensory table, or a large bin, add dried beans, corn kernels, lentils, and/or rice. Now add different fall elements for your child to enjoy, such as leaves, sticks, and small pumpkins!

 

Pumpkin Exploration

Supplies Needed:

Pumpkin, scoop, large container

How-to Guide:

Cut open the top of a pumpkin and scoop out all the insides into a large container. Let your children have fun and explore the gooey insides of a pumpkin! 

 

Tree Bark Rubbings

Supplies Needed:

Paper, pencils, crayons, chalk, trees

How-to Guide:

Collect some paper, pencils, crayons, and/or chalk and go outside. Choose a tree and hold a piece of paper against the trunk. Using a pencil, crayon, or some chalk, rub it on the paper and see the different textures that come from the tree bark! 

 

Fizzing Pumpkins

Supplies Needed:

Baking soda, bowl, water, food coloring, saran wrap, freezer, pipette, vinegar

How-to Guide:

Add a few scoops of baking soda into a bowl (the amount of baking soda varies on how many pumpkins you want to make). Combine water and orange food coloring in a separate bowl. Add the colored water slowly to the baking soda to get a crumbly mixture that can make a snowball. Pack the mixture into balls to resemble pumpkins. Wrap in saran wrap to maintain the shape and place in the freezer for at least a half hour. Remove your pumpkins and place them in a large dish or container. Use a pipette or something similar to squirt some vinegar onto the pumpkins to make them fizz! 

 

Gross Motor

Apple Rolling

Supplies Needed:

Apples, chalk

How-to Guide:

Collect some apples and sidewalk chalk and go outside. Take turns and see who can roll their apple the farthest! Mark where the apple stopped rolling with chalk. Try different ways of rolling; underhand, overhand, eyes closed, backwards, ect! 

 

Nature Walk

Supplies Needed:

The Great Outdoors

How-to Guide:

Take a walk around outside and collect different colors of leaves.

 

Balancing Pumpkins

Supplies Needed:

Painters tape, small pumpkins

How-to Guide:

Lay several strips of painters tape along the ground. Place a small pumpkin on your child’s head and see how well they call balance the pumpkin on their head while walking along the tape strip. Now see how fast they can walk across the tape strip while balancing their pumpkin!  

 

Pumpkin Glow Toss

Supplies Needed:

Pumpkins, glowsticks

How-to Guide:

Line up several pumpkins (which have long stems on the tops) in a line. Crack some glowsticks and connect both ends together to create a circle. Have your child toss the glowstick ring and try to land it over the pumpkin stem!

 

Apple Smash

Supplies Needed:

Apples, container, kid-friendly mallet

How-to Guide:

Have several apples in a shallow container. Give your child a kid-frindly mallet or hammer and have them smash the apples! 

 

Fine Motor

Yarn pumpkins

Supplies Needed:

Balloons, white glue, water, yarn, green paper

How-to Guide:

Start by blowing up a few balloons. How big you blow up your balloons determine how large your pumpkins will be! Pour some white glue into a bowl of water. Dip a super long strand of yarn into the water and glue mixture and then begin to wrap the soaked strand around the balloon in all sorts of different angels. Tuck in the end of the strand and leave to dry. When the yarn has completely dried, pop the balloon! You can add a green piece of paper for the stem to complete your pumpkin! 

 

Fall Sensory Rice Painting

Supplies Needed:

Storage bag, rice, paint

How-to Guide:

Pour some rice into a Ziploc bag. Have your child pick out a couple of different fall colors of paint to squirt into the bag, along with the rice. After sealing the bag (you can reinforce the opening with masking tape if needed) let your child squish the rice and paint to create different colored fall rice! Now you can use your finger and draw different shapes, letters, or pictures in the rice!

 

Bubble Play

Supplies Needed:

Dish soap, water, bin, whisk, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Mix dish soap and water in a large container or bin to create lots of bubbles! Give your child a whisk to make even more bubbles!  Add some orange, red, or yellow food coloring to make different colors!

 

Pipe Cleaner Pumpkins

Supplies Needed:

Pipe cleaners, beads

How-to Guide:

String orange, yellow, and red beads onto a pipe cleaner. Once the pipe cleaner is full, shape it into a pumpkin!

 

Leaf Cutting

Supplies Needed:

Leaves, kid-friendly scissors

How-to Guide:

Gather several leaves from outside. Back inside, give your child kid-friendly scissors and let them cut the leaves! Try cutting freshly fallen leaves or old dry leaves! See what shapes you can make! 

 

Social-Emotional

Sensory Bottles

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, water, oil, rice, glitter, marbles, hot glue

How-to Guide:

Use any empty disposable water bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). You can fill the bottles with all sorts of different materials: toys, dirt, water, oil, rice, glitter, marbles, sequins, beads, etc. Make sure to secure the lid of the bottle well by using hot glue. 

 

Corn Shakers

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, popcorn kernels, hot glue

How-to Guide:

Fill an empty sturdy water bottle with popcorn kernels. Secure the lid with hot glue. You now have your own fall corn shaker!

 

Pinwheels 

Supplies Needed:

Paper, scissors, hot glue, craft stick

How-to Guide:

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping an ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin! 

 

Fall Sensory Rice 

Supplies Needed:

Painted rice, bin, scoops, toys

How-to Guide:

Open the bag of colored rice that your child made and let it dry. After the rice is thoroughly dried, pour out the rice into a bin. Let your child enjoy running their hands through the colored rice that they made. Add small toys, blocks, and cars, shovels, measuring cups and let your child dig around for the objects.

 

Pumpkin Moonsand

Supplies Needed:

Baby oil, flour, orange food coloring

How-to Guide:

Have your child help you measure ¼ cup of baby oil for every 2 cups of four, and a drop of orange food coloring. Mix well and break up any clumps. Add shovels, playdough molds, or other toys to add to the fun! 

 

Language & Literacy 

Leaf Letters

Supplies Needed:

Leaves

How-to Guide:

Go outside and collect some leaves. Now have your child use the leaves to make letters! They can try spelling out different words or their own name! 

 

Pumpkin Seed Name

Supplies Needed:

Marker, paper, pumpkin seeds, storage bag, paint

How-to Guide:

Write your child’s name in large letters. Lay out some pumpkin seeds and have your child place the seeds over the letters, spelling their name! For more added fun you can put the pumpkin seeds in a bag and add some paint. Shake it all up and let it dry! Now use the painted seeds to spell your name!

 

 

This season offers a wide variety of fall activities for kids that can help them explore and learn about the world around them.

 

From exploring nature to participating in autumn-themed crafts, there is something for every type of child.

 

Enjoy these fall activities for kids with your little ones!

 

Here is the Preschool Fall Lesson Plan if you want to follow along:

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Check out these other articles for more fun!

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