2 Favorite Fall Activities for Preschoolers (and One for Mom!)

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

Fall is my favorite time of the year to get creative with my children. There are so many great fall learning activities and crafts that don't require a lot of time or money. Here are our very favorite ones (plus one I found just for mom that is SO much fun.):

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

Fall Nature Walk

 There is plenty of learning that can occur during a walk.  Help your child open their eyes and ears as you explore nature nature nature nature nature nature nature nature senses hearing, smelling, seeing and touching.  You may even want to bring a new food item to have a snack along the way to explore a new taste. 

Fall is the perfect time of year to go on a family nature walk through the woods or at a local park.

New vocabulary:
moss, trail marker, different colors of the leaves, tree types and leaves, tree parts (branch, stump, roots), berries, names of different bugs, animal names and much more

Discussion topics:
Ask your child what they hear with their ears?
What do they smell?
Talk about the animals in the woods and where they sleep.

Learning activities:
1. Art: Bring a camera and if your child is old enough help them take pictures of things they see.
2. Math: Collect leaves and acorns to use for fall crafts, sorting, and counting activities.
3. Language: After your nature walk is over, make a small book of all the items your child took pictures of to reinforce the new vocabulary and create a wonderful memory for your child!
4. Fine Motor Skills: Have your child draw a picture of all the animals and plants they saw on their nature walk.

After your nature walk help your child create their very own fall foliage tree.

Image via Mindi Stavish
Image via Mindi Stavish

Fall Foliage Leaf Print

Supplies

Blank canvas (super cheap at a craft store!)
Paint brushes
Paint (brown, green, red, and yellow)

Instructions

1. Prepare for messiness by covering your table with newspaper. Prepare child by removing any clothes that will be in the way. This is my children's favorite step to this craft!

2. With brown paint, paint your child's forearm and hand. Press painted forearm and hand onto canvas, forming the tree trunk and branches.

3. Allow trunk to dry and while the trunk is drying give your child a piece of paper to paint on.

4. Once trunk is dry, help your child make leaves with his thumb or index finger. Use different colors to represent fall foliage.

 5. Once the branches are filled in with as many leaves as your child desires, paint grass on the bottom. Allow project to dry before displaying on your wall!

Image via Angie of Seven Clown Circus
Image via Angie of Seven Clown Circus

An Easy Fall Craft for Mom! Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin

We love a great mason jar craft around here and this one is perfect for those leftover lids or if you just love the rustic look of what they can create – like this fantastic Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin that Angie from Seven Clown Circus put together. She strings up the lids after giving them a coat of warm orange spray paint fitting for the season. Our favorite part of this whole craft? The cinnamon sticks as the final touch. Check out her tutorial for this fun, easy craft. make it a centerpiece, give it as a gift or set it on the mantle. 

What fall crafts and activities are you planning to participate in with your children and on your own in the coming weeks?

 

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2 Favorite Fall Activities for Preschoolers (and One for Mom!)

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    This is the center pieces we are doing for my shower.

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