It’s well into September, and if you’re like me you might be tweaking and revising your fall lesson plans, making sure every last detail is just perfect. If that is the case, then you’ll love these six low prep fall activities, and your preschoolers are going to adore the as well!
By now you’d think that I’d be content with the fall activities I’ve done in the past. Some of my very first posts on this blog were fall themed, and here I am still talking about it! I promise when I run out of really great ideas I’ll stop pestering you with them.
But I have to tell you…this autumn activity pack is really fun! I just started offering the activities as part of our preschool centers, and they have been received so well! The clipart is beautiful (by Kate Hadfield Designs), and the activities are educational. (I know, that’s kinda’ a given around here).
But seriously, this is a super fun activity pack and with six low prep fall activities you can easily fill your fall centers in no time at all!
Low Prep Fall Activities for Preschoolers
Because I know that teacher recourses are limited (and parents, too), I designed the autumn printables to be printer and ink friendly, packing as much as possible into the fewest amount of pages. Included are emergent reading activities, measurement, and pattern activities, too. You can grab your copy at the end of this post.
Leaf Tracing Prewriting Practice Cards
My preschoolers begin every morning with a little bit of tracing practice that supports other writing and fine motor activities we do. These leaf shapes are a wonderful way to support a fall theme. The preschoolers are intrigued by the shapes of the different leaves, and the different turns and points offer just the right amount of challenge.
Autumn Pattern Cards
There are three different sets of autumn pattern cards in the fall activity pack, allowing teachers and parents to select the level most appropriate for their preschoolers. There is an AB set, ABB, and an ABC set. They feature an array of fall themed clipart, from scarecrows and pumpkins to squirrels and acorns. My preschoolers loved these, and especially loved naming the pictures as they read the patterns.
Alphabet Leaf Puzzles
The alphabet leaf puzzles are an excellent way to reinforce other letter activities you are doing in the classroom. They are super quick to cut out since they are simply rectangles, rather than being a true puzzle shape. There are six different leaf shapes featured, which means that it is easy to select sets of letters for your preschooler to work on if approaching the entire alphabet at once is too overwhelming.
Collecting Pumpkins Counting Game
This is my favorite of all the activities in the fall pack. It is a traditional path game, but with a small twist. As your preschooler works his way through the path, “moving” the tractor through the pumpkin patch, rather than moving a game piece the designated number of spaces, preschoolers actually get to collect pumpkins in the form of orange buttons! Now, if you don’t have a million small orange buttons like I do, that’s fine, because the game will still work by simply moving a game piece the corresponding number on the dice.
Autumn Pictures Size Sorting
This activity comes with a mat where preschoolers are challenged to sort fall pictures according to their size. Since there are three sizes for every picture, preschoolers can line them up to decide which picture size belongs where on the sorting mat. And since the pictures are set into a table, they are super quick and easy for you to cut out, keeping everything low-prep as I promised.
Autumn Rebus Story
My preschoolers love rebus stories because they feel so empowered when they read the pictures within the story. As a teacher I love them because my preschoolers learn a whole lot of new vocabulary. But a rebus story is more than just reading the story with the preschoolers filling in the picture words. You can also use the pictures from the pattern activity or from the size sorting activity to extend their retelling knowledge.
Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your autumn theme for preschool or homeschooling curriculum, or looking for something to keep the children busy while you cook up dinner in the evenings, these fall activities for preschoolers will not disappoint!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction