Fall has arrived and it’s time to release the magic of this season. For toddlers, fall is a perfect theme with opportunities for learning as well as some delicious treats and traditions that will keep everyone entertained! These fall lesson plans for toddlers put all those teaching tools right at your fingertips.
Fall Activities for Toddler Lesson Plans
Fall brings out so much anticipation in children; they’re eager to find their favorite color leaves on trees or taste new snacks like pumpkin pies and candy corn. Toddler can’t wait until we get their bodies in those leaf piles too – jump right into them and listen to them rustle and crunch under our feet.
Fall is such a magical season which is why it’s so fun to do a fall toddler theme.
FAQ About Teaching Toddlers a Fall Theme
It’s fun to make a fall bucket list for toddlers. Be sure to include lots of playful activities and fall sensory activities like picking pumpkins and apples, and tasting them too! Toddlers like to rake leaves with child-sized rakes, and make smore’s in the microwave (if you don’t have a firepit).
Toddlers enjoy collecting leaves and making art with them or they like to press them into playdough.
Toddlers are in awe of so many things in the fall. Here are some concepts to teach young children during the fall season.
~ changing trees
~ colorful leaves
~ corn and mazes
~ life cycles
~ five senses
Toddlers enjoy many of the same learning themes as preschoolers do. They can learn about apples as a back to school activity for toddlers, which also fit into a traditional fall apple theme. September is also National Honey Month, so toddlers can enjoy making a peanut butter honey dip to eat with their apples. Toddlers will also enjoy learning about fall flowers that bloom in September, like mums and sunflowers.
All these activity ideas are also appropriate for September preschool themes.
Fall Theme Toddler Lesson Plans
Fall days are simply wonderful! Take the opportunity to try some of these fun learning ideas during your fall/autumn theme.
Fall Circle Time Songs
Now that the leaves have changed and a new season is here, it’s time to bust out your favorite fall songs! These adorable tunes are perfect for playing in-between activities or during transitions.
Autumn Leaves are Falling Down
This song takes the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and puts autumn lyrics to it, making it a great fall song for toddlers!
Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Leaf song is so adorable! It’s not super repetitive, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of learning opportunities. There are lots of rhyming pairs in the middle section and color reminders throughout to make sure your kids know all their colors!
Orange, Yellow, Red, and Brown
The catchy beat and simple lyrics make this song a great choice for your next science class!
Fall Curriculum Ideas for Toddlers
Get ready for fun and learning with our toddler unit lesson plans for fall theme. These thematic lesson plans are packed with activities that are designed specifically for toddlers.
The fall lesson plans for toddlers feature 20 different and engaging activities, including everything from music and finger plays to art and science. Every activity was vetted by multiple experienced toddler teachers, so these lesson plans are doing to be developmentally appropriate for toddlers.
Many of he included ideas can also double as fall activities for preschoolers. In fact, there are quite a few activities from these toddler lesson plans that I also include in my preschool lesson plans for autumn. This is especially nice if you teach a mixed age class where there needs to be some activities and lessons that overlap.
When you’re an early childhood educator, it’s especially important to have the right teaching tools. These are my go-to lesson plans for toddler autumn activity ideas. They offer all the most important skills for toddlers to be working on, including process art, fine motor skills, and even some letter identification and numeracy.
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Think you would like all these lesson planning ideas for your toddler classroom? Here are all the activities you get!
- Observing Pinecones and Pumpkins
- Comparing Pumpkins and Gourds
- Fall Trees Splat Painting
- Fall Playdough Tree
- Leaf Suncatchers
- Pine Cone Art
- Fall Nature Walk and Collage
- Sunflower Seeds Tweezing
- Handprint Tree Art
- Nature Color Match
- Fall Songs and Rhymes
- Fall Sensory Bottle
- Apple Painting
- Leaf Man Puppet
- Pumpkin Goo Sensory Bag
- Fall Scented Playdough
- Fall Coloring Pages
- Life Cycle Cards
- Fall Picture Matching
- Nature Search, Find & Stick
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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.