Apples and pumpkins are two of the most iconic symbols of fall, so it’s only fitting that they should be featured in some fun fall literacy activities for preschoolers. These six printable activities are all easy to set up and do with your little ones, and they’ll help them develop phonological awareness, phonics, and writing skills to boot!
Read all about what skills to include in your literacy preschool lesson plans here.
Fun Preschool Learning Activities for Fall Literacy
Fall is a great time to get kids interested in literacy by offering print rich experiences. There are so many fun fall literacy activities for preschoolers! You can turn just about any fall themed activity into one about letters and words, and these all feature apples and pumpkins.
Apples and pumpkins are so symbolic of the fall season, right?!
Fall isn’t just a time for apple picking and hay ride, it’s also the time where teachers are figuring out what kinds of literacy skills their class already has when entering the new school year. There are four components in early childhood literacy.
Early childhood experts are consistently emphasizing their importance in preschool, so when planning your fall theme preschool lesson plans, it’s critical to include each component.
These fall literacy activities are printable, so you can add to your fall preschool centers, and best of all, the six printables also cover the components of early literacy in a fun, engaging, and age appropriate way.
6 Preschool Literacy Activities for Fall to Print Now
With all the planning we put into making our fall preschool theme magical, we don’t need to spend extra time worrying about our math and literacy centers. These are sure to become your favorite fall activities because they make learning fun!
Apple Picking Alphabet Letter Matching (Alphabetic Principle)
This is a basic apple matching game where preschoolers math upper case letters with the corresponding lower case letters. The cards can also be used to play gross motor games and a classic memory game.
Pumpkin Life Cycle Word Tracing Cards (Print Awareness & Alphabet Principle)
These word tracing cards will take your preschooler through the pumpkin life cycle, starting with the seed and all the way through the pumpkin patch to a pumpkin pie. The word cards offer a font that teaching letter formation, so preschoolers know what order to make the strokes when writing.
Pumpkin Rhyming Cards (Phonemic Awareness)
These pumpkin rhyming cards are all too cute. Just cut apart, mix, and then match. Preschoolers will practice all the basic, cvc word family, one syllable words as they find rhyming matches. Like other literacy activities in the set, these cards can also be used for gross motor games and classic preschool games like Memory.
Apple Tree Beginning Sounds Matching (Phonological Awareness)
In preschool, children master letter recognition skills and sounds, and they also learn how to listen for beginning sounds in words. This apple tree game is a fun learning activity that teaches preschoolers how to match beginning sound pictures with their corresponding letter.
All Things Apples and Pumpkins Word Building (Phonological Awareness)
These word building cards are always a hit no matter the preschool theme. Preschoolers practice building fall words related to apples and pumpkins by using the provided letter tiles or by using letter manipulatives. By the end of your apple and pumpkins unit, these words will be like sight words to your preschoolers!
They can also be added to a fall sensory bin or used in a salt tray for extra writing practice.
Fun Learning Manipulatives for Apples and Pumpkins Activities
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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.