You searched for the BEST fall activities for preschoolers, and you found us! This is a collection of the best fall activities for preschoolers, like process art projects and autumn sensory activities. There are lots of fall-themed ways to learn the alphabet and numbers, and tons of amazing fall crafts for kids. And of course, you’ll find some nature learning activities, too!
There are enough in this ever-growing list to keep you busy all season long! Be sure to keep checking back as you plan your autumn activities.
Amazing Fall Activities for Preschoolers
Who else loves brisk mornings, toasty afternoons, and sunsets that glow unusually bright? That’s right. I’m talking about the fall season, and I can’t be the only one raising my hand!
Fall feels magical to me.
What with the bright foliage, the way the earth smells like the soil, the sudden on-set of chamomile tea and light sweaters…I just love autumn. And I also love doing fall activities with my preschoolers, too.
Time seems to slow down a little bit, doesn’t it? Or maybe it speeds up because autumn is the one time of year I have a bucket list of fun fall activities for my preschoolers and family. So many memories to build and traditions to enjoy.
Let’s have some fun! Here’s a list of my favorite autumn activities for preschoolers. It’s ever-growing, so be sure to save this page so you can return to it year after year for your lesson planning.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fall Preschool Themes and Activities
Fun, hands-on learning experiences and lots of play are always our favorite ways to teach toddlers and preschoolers! Take them outdoors to explore the wonders of the season. Allow them to collect acorns and fall leaves, feel the cool breeze on their skin, and watch the birds collect seeds.
Indoors, preschoolers can learn a lot about fall by reading books, playing with fall sensory bins, and exploring fall fruits and vegetables with their senses. One of our favorite activities to do is to cut into a pumpkin together, explore its insides and taste the pumpkin seeds!
Get as hands-on as possible! Taking a field trip to a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard is always a fun activity for kids. Learn about why leaves on a fall tree change color, and collect some that have fallen.
Consider a life cycle unit of an apple, pumpkin, or a tree, perfect for including exciting science experiments. Don’t forget to include lots of fall crafts and art activities, like pumpkin crafts!
Fall is full of fun themes to explore! From apples to pumpkins, leaves to life cycles, this is the perfect time of year to focus on the wonder and beauty of nature and gardening.
Some unconventional themes that can be taught in the fall are ‘all about me’, space or the moon, fire safety, and hibernation. Also, don’t forget holiday-inspired themes such as Halloween, spiders, Thanksgiving, and gratitude.
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Best Fall Activities for Preschoolers
The Fall season is such a fun time of year for preschoolers! It is filled with wonder and excitement about apples, pumpkins and leaves, oh my! In this list you will find 50+ fall themed activities to provide your preschoolers with hours of hands-on learning all season long!
Literacy Based Fall Activities for Preschoolers
You won't find any fall-themed worksheets here, but you'll find lots of interactive and hands-on autumn activities that are literacy based. These activities are perfect for your preschool alphabet center.
Fall Literacy Centers for Preschool
These Fall Literacy Centers cover a wide range of literacy skills including letter recognition, upper and lowercase letter matching and sight words.
Printable Leaves ABC Matching
These alphabet leaf puzzles are an excellent way to reinforce letter recognition as well as matching lowercase letters to uppercase letters. There are six different leaf shapes, which makes it easy to select sets of letters for your preschooler to work on if approaching the entire alphabet at once is too overwhelming.
Fall Alphabet Trees
This fall alphabet tree is an easy autumn craft that develops letter recognition and capital and lowercase discrimination.
Fall Alphabet Activity with Beginning Sounds
Looking for a fun fall alphabet activity for preschoolers? These pumpkin theme clip cards feature both letter identification and beginning sounds.
5 Fall Alphabet Activities that Teach Math, too!
I love fall activities for preschoolers that teach more than one skill, don’t you? That’s what this post is all about! Using just a few fall items, my preschoolers had so much fun with these fall alphabet activities that also teach math skills!
Fine Motor Fall Activities for Preschoolers
With each new theme, I try to incorporate a few fine motor activities that are also thematic. Preschoolers love it when everything is theme-based. It really helps them explore a mile deep, rather than just an inch. (I talk more about that here).
So scroll through some of these super fun fall activities that will encourage fine motor development.
Autumn Themed Invitation to Play
Autumn is the perfect time for invitations to play because there are endless possibilities of materials to present your children. This invitation to play is simple and easy, but with a few basic materials the learning possibilities are also endless.
Fall Prewriting Worksheets +5 Fine Motor Activities
Try these leaf themed prewriting worksheets. They are perfect for fall, but here’s the thing, they aren’t just for tracing, either! You can use them with stickers and manipulatives too!
Leaf Tracing Prewriting Practice Cards
These fall leaf shapes are a wonderful way to encourage fine motor development with a fall theme. Preschoolers will be intrigued by the shapes of the different fall leaves, and the different turns and points offer just the right amount of challenge.
Falling Leaves Sun Catchers for Scissor Practice
These suncatchers are the perfect mix between fall process art and fall crafts for preschoolers. Plus, preschoolers get loads of scissor practice, too!
Pumpkin Drop - an Amazing Autumn Fine Motor Activity
Pumpkin Drop is just one of many fun fall fine motor activities perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who need encouragement and practice using the pincher grasp. Add this easy fine motor activity to your fall preschool activities this season.
Fall Math Activities for Preschoolers
These hands-on fall math activities are sure to be a hit with preschoolers. They teach number recognition, counting, one to one correspondence and more!
Fall Measurement Math Center
This Fall Measurement Math Center encourages preschoolers to explore natural items found in the Fall with scales and balances. Preschoolers will learn all about weight with this hands-on activity.
Fall Graphing Board Game
This Fall Graphing Board Game is a really easy way to reinforce basic graphing skills. Preschoolers play the board game and keep track of which Fall images they land on in the graph.
Printable Fall Pattern Cards
These printable Fall Pattern Cards feature three different sets of autumn pattern cards in the fall activity pack. This allows teachers and parents to select the level most appropriate for their preschoolers. There is an AB set, ABB, and an ABC set.
Fall Themed Number Order Puzzles for Preschoolers
Number recognition is an important part of preschool, so is learning number order. Try these fall themed number order printables with your preschoolers.
5+ Shape Activities for Fall
Preschoolers will learn to recognize shapes with this free printable board game! This fall themed math activity is sure to be a favorite this season!
Fall Science Activities for Preschoolers
Now, what is an autumn or fall theme without studying nature itself?! (Well...lacking...to say the least). Bring your preschoolers outside and use nature as your classroom in these nature-based science fall activities for preschoolers.
Observing Autumn Seeds During Harvest Time
Students use magnifying glasses to observe seeds found in our local area. I had gathered seeds from various trees, shrubs, and weeds.
Cutting open pumpkins and allowing preschoolers to explore the gooey seeds and pulp on the inside and the hard, smooth or rough surface on the outside provides kids with a rich sensory experience as well as some hands-on science.
Fall Science Center
Fall is the best time for a nature inspired science center in preschool. This fall science center is appropriate for toddlers as well as preschoolers, allowing the children to explore all the colors, smells, textures and sounds to autumn that we all love so much.
Fall Themed Process Art Activities for Preschoolers
There are few things better than fall themed process art for preschoolers. You get to select the more vibrant colors on the pallet and preschoolers love to mix those colors to mimic what they discover in nature.
From the very basic autumn process art for toddlers to creating fall paper plates wreaths, this is where you will find the best fall process art activities, and maybe even a few simple fall crafts, too.
Fall Process Art for Toddlers
With all of the wonderful and vibrant colors of fall, I can’t help but offer my preschool toddler class a little fall process art. Young children love exploring their artistic expression with tissue paper and glue!
Pom Pom Splat Fall Tree Craft
Doesn’t everyone love a little process art mixed with a craft? That’s exactly what this pom pom splat fall tree craft is! It’s a little whimsical and a little messy and a whole bunch of fun. We add this to our fall activities for preschoolers every year.
Paper Plate Wreaths for Fall
These paper plate wreaths are not different, and since they are process based, they are a great addition to any preschool autumn theme.
Changing Trees Fall Science Art
Preschoolers will have fun creating this fall tree science art as they observe the trees outside changing color. It's a great way to show the progression of the season.
Fallen Leaves Suncatcher for Scissor Practice
These suncatchers have a lot of fine motor work involved, which is just one more reason I love them so much for preschool. It’s not all scissor practice, either; it’s an entire art project that your preschoolers are sure to love!
Painted Tissue Paper Mini Pumpkins
These tissue painted mini pumpkins make the perfect pumpkin art activity to add to your seasonal and holiday activities in preschool.
Fall Sensory Activities for Preschoolers
Sensory play is an important component of any set of lesson plans, and these fall sensory activities will trigger a range of senses in your preschooler.
These are all tried and true sensory autumn activities and many are activities we return to each and every year because they are just that fun! Your preschoolers will love my many autumn sensory bins.
20+ Fall Sensory Bins for Preschoolers
Fall is such a wonderful time of year, and a good autumn sensory bin is always welcomed by my preschoolers. Here are 20 sensory bins that will make a valuable addition to any fall preschool theme.
Fall Sensory Bin
A simple sensory bin with fall colored rice, silk leaves, pinecones and gourds is always a favorite for preschoolers.
Autumn Leaves Sensory Bin for Preschoolers
There's nothing but leaves in this fall sensory bin for preschoolers! It's a great way for preschoolers to practice sorting by color!
Autumn Sensory Bin
This fall sensory bin has a unique filler- apricot pits! Preschoolers will love exploring this fall sensory bin!
Fall Printable Activities for Preschoolers
Print and go activities can be a total lifesaver for preschooler teachers. These printables are great for your Fall lesson plans.
Pumpkin Colors Booklet
This free pumpkin colors booklet is a fun way for preschoolers to learn color recognition. It's perfect for your fall or Halloween lesson plans.
20+ Free Printables for Preschool Fall Theme
These 20+ Fall themed printables for preschoolers cover literacy, math and fine motor skills. These free printables are great for busy teachers and parents.
20+ Pumpkin Printables for Preschoolers
These free pumpkin printables are great for hands-on learning in the preschool classroom this fall. They cover literacy, math as well as fine motor skills.
FREE Pumpkin Alphabet Cards and 5 Literacy Activities to Use Them
These adorable pumpkin alphabet cards are a fantastic way for preschoolers to work on letter recognition skills this fall. Just print and go for an easy educational activity.
Teach Twice the Math with FREE These Pumpkin Counting Cards
With these free pumpkin counting cards, your preschooler gets in twice the counting practice all wrapped up in some fall theme play dough fun, too!
Fall Lesson Plans for Preschoolers
If you are looking for some lesson plans for your preschoolers for this fall, you must download these Learn at Home Preschool Lesson plans. They are filled with fun, hands-on, educational activities.
Free Fall Preschool Lesson Plans
Crisp leaves and cooler weather sure excite the senses…and make for a perfect preschool theme! These fall activities for preschool are perfect for the change of the season and inviting new experiences into the classroom.
Free Leaves Preschool Lesson Plans
Fall is the perfect time of year to teach a leaf preschool theme. Even if you live in warmer climates where the leaves don’t change from green to burning red, these preschool leaf activities are sure to captivate your little learners.
Free Pumpkin Lesson Plans for Preschool
Looking for pumpkin theme activities? It’s such a classic fall theme. Here are 16+ activities featured in the free pumpkin lesson plans for preschool.
Apple Lesson Plans for Preschool
These preschool apple theme activities will have your preschoolers highly engaged in learning! Best of all, they are all put together in a tidy set of apple theme preschool lesson plans.
Free Halloween Preschool Lesson Plans
Looking for some fun Halloween activities preschoolers? How about some non-spooky learning activities? I’ve got you covered! These are free printable preschool lesson plans for Halloween fun.
Free Farm Preschool Lesson Plans - Farm Theme
Looking for some fun farm activities for preschoolers to add to your preschool lesson plans? Here are 16 easy activities you can add to your farm theme preschool lesson plans this fall.
Free Nuts and Seeds Printable Lesson Plans for Preschool
Have you tried a nuts and seeds preschool theme? Try these free printable lesson plans for preschool where all the activities are centered around nuts and seeds!
Engaging your preschool and kindergarten students with fun, hands-on activities like these is the perfect way to celebrate and learn more about the fall season! There are so many ideas and crafts for preschool that make fall a magical time in the classroom.
Need More Than Just Fall Activities for Preschoolers?
I’m glad you’re here for the fall activities, but this site offers so much more than fun activities for autumn. In fact, I have collections and collections of activities for just about any preschool theme! Many of those activities include free printables, so be sure to grab some before you go, and if you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll receive the most up-to-date resources available!