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We have ten fun-filled and exciting preschool activities to get your children excited for fall!
1. Nighttime Process Art
Mark the beginning of fall with an event that celebrates the autumnal equinox. Kids can learn the science behind changes in season and what happens on this date that is almost exactly half day and half night. This also gives them the chance to decorate the night sky, creating their own constellations.
- White cardstock
- White crayons
- Black and/or dark blue watercolor paint
- Using the white crayons, have kids draw stars, the sun, the moon or other objects on the cardstock. They won’t be able to see their designs yet.
- Paint over the cards with watercolor paint. The difference in textures of the paint and crayon allows both to stand out.
This activity also presents the opportunity to teach preschool students about the stars and explain why we can’t see them during the day even though they’re always there.
2. Pumpkin Seed Scooping
This activity will develop kids’ sensory and motor skills by scooping out the seeds tangled in the “pumpkin guts.”
- Remove the heads of the pumpkin for the kids while they wash their hands.
- Challenge them to reach inside and scoop out all the seeds.
- Rinse seeds with water in a colander.
- Lightly salt the seeds then roast them. Bon appétit!
3. Math With Candy Corn
In this simple activity, kids can work on their counting skills while also enjoying some of the sweets afterward.
- Candy corn
- Blank drawings of corn with a low number written on each corn ear
- Have kids color in the corn with crayons.
- Give the kids candy corn and have them place the correct number of candy corn pieces on the corn ears to correspond with the number written.
4. Friendly Ghost
- Cotton balls
- White paper with a ghost shape on it – You can print a ghost template here
- Googly eyes
- Have kids cut out the ghost.
- Glue cotton balls on the ghost. Let stand for a few minutes to dry.
- Once the cotton balls are set, glue googly eyes to the ghost.
Optional: Glue string to the back and hang up.
5. Halloween Slime
Oobleck has interesting properties as a non-Newtonian fluid that can incite curiosity and wonder in children.
- 2 cups of cornstarch
- 1 cup of water
- Orange gel food dye
Note: Depending on how much you want to make, multiply the recipe as long as the cornstarch and water are in a 2:1 ratio.
- Mix the cornstarch and water in a bowl. Stir until it has a gooey consistency.
- Add food dye and stir until dye is well-distributed.
6. Apple Tasting
Have kids bring in a variety of apples (red, green, and yellow.) Cut them into slices and give kids a slice of each apple. Let each kid vote on their favorite and display the results in a pictograph chart, using red, green, and yellow apple shapes.
7. Darwinian Finch Feast
The advanced concept is best suited for older kids, but even without the explanation, younger students can still enjoy and learn. In this activity, they will “hunt” like the finches Darwin observed.
- Two sizes of tongs: one large, one small
- Tupperware containers with small fall objects: pumpkin seeds, beads, marbles, etc.
- Tupperware containers with large fall objects: rubber balls, larger marbles, acorns, etc.
- Paper plates
- Give each student a large tong and a small tong (to represent finches.) Also, give each student both types of Tupperware containers (to represent a large island and small island).
- Have each student use their tongs to “eat” the food by picking it up and moving it to the paper plate. Have them do this once with the small tongs and once with the large tongs. They will notice the larger tongs can pick up large objects better than smaller objects, and the opposite when using smaller tongs.
- Introduce Charles Darwin and explain how he noticed this in finches. He came up with the idea that organisms evolve over time to adapt to their environment.
8. Fall Bird Treat
Preschoolers can learn about how they can help feed local wildlife as temperatures fall.
- Unflavored gelatin
- Corn syrup
- Gingerbread man cookie cutters
- Straws cut in half
- Follow the directions on the gelatin. Once it is made, pour it in a bowl with the corn syrup. Stir in the birdseed.
- Let the mixture sit until it firms up slightly, then fill in the cookie cutters with it.
- Press a straw piece into the top of the gingerbread head, then place all the cookie cutters into the fridge for several hours or until solidified.
- Take the cutters out of the fridge and remove the straws. Thread the twine through the hole created by the straw and hang outside for the birds to eat.
9. Hand Turkey
This activity helps kids improve their coordination. Have them trace their hand on a piece of paper with a crayon. They can draw feathers and color in the turkey, maybe even drawing a pilgrim hat on top.
10. Leaf Press
- Tracing paper
- Crayons with the wrappers peeled off
- Send the kids outside to go and scavenge leaves.
- Back in the classroom, place leaves on the table and the tracing paper on top.
- With the side of the crayon, draw on the area over the leaf until the shape of the leaf appears.
With these activities, your preschoolers won’t even realize they’re learning and improving their skills because they’ll be too busy having fun.