The leaves are changing colors, and you can feel the crispness in the air. Fall is here, which means it’s time for apple picking, pumpkin carving, hay rides and more. If you’re looking for some low-prep learning activities for the fall season we’ve got you covered! 6 printable fall activities to enjoy with your preschooler at home or on the go. Grab a pen because you’ll want to add these printable to your fall preschool lesson plans.
Quick Fall Preschool Activities
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 website 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 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 preschool centers in no time at all!
And you know me, I love having a mix of printable activities and hands-on activities in my preschool classroom, so this pack helps round-out my autumn preschool theme.
Don’t Forget Fall Picture Books
One of my favorite ways to get my preschoolers in the “fall mood” is to share with them some of my favorite fall picture books. We read these together during circle time, but then I leave them out during free choice centers. Often, they end up in my fall science centers, which is really fitting, I think.
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 fall leaf shapes are a wonderful way to support a fall theme. The preschoolers are intrigued by the shapes of the different fall leaves, and the different turns and points offer just the right amount of challenge.
Of course they are perfect for a preschool writing center, but I like to add them to the art center so my preschoolers can use them with play dough, too. It just makes one more fun fall activity for my classroom. Using play dough with them is a fantastic fall activity for toddlers, too.
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. The fall images on these patter cards support early childhood development by encouraging oral language and math skills.
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!
Get Your Fall Activity Pack
If you think this is something your preschoolers would love, and I assure you, mine do, then you can grab your copy below!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m 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 a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of 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.