With the apples blushing red and the pumpkins glowing orange, fall is a wonderful time of year to enjoy some fall math activities for preschoolers. These activities are staples in our fall preschool activities.
Check out these six printable fall math activities for preschoolers; all featuring apples and pumpkins.
Autumn presents an exciting opportunity to ignite children’s enthusiasm for mathematics. The season is brimming with fun math activities that are certain to catch your preschoolers’ attention.
Virtually any fall-inspired endeavor can be transformed into a captivating math lesson, and many of these activities center around the charming themes of apples and pumpkins.
Apples and pumpkins are emblematic symbols of this favorite season!
Math Activities for Preschoolers
Fall isn’t just a time for apple picking and hay rides, it’s also the time where teachers are gauging how much their new preschool class already knows in math. There are five disciplines in math:
On the outset, these disciplines don’t look age appropriate, but early childhood experts are consistently emphasizing their importance in preschool.
And our apples and pumpkins preschool centers target all five disciplines in math, making sure that your preschoolers get a little bit of everything with an apples and pumpkins theme.
These fall math activities are printable so you can add to your fall preschool centers, and best of all, the six printables also cover all five disciplines of math in a fun, engaging, and age appropriate way.
Fall Math Games and Activities
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 six printable math activities use our favorite fall icons and make learning math fun for preschoolers.
Pumpkin Towers Counting Mats
This is a fun pumpkin counting game for preschoolers. Draw a ten frame card and identify the number, then build a tower of the matching quantity. Then, place the tower on the corresponding pumpkin on the fall counting mat.
Apple Shapes Playdough Mats
These apple shape cards will need to go into a dry erase pocket or they will need to be laminated for lasting use. Preschoolers will use playdough to smoosh, roll, pat, or press playdough onto the apple on the card while learning all about shapes. It’s fine motor and a shape activity in one!
Included are the following shapes: rectangle, circle, square, oval, triangle, octagon, rhombus, and pentagon.
Apple Pattern Cards for Fall
Patterning is an important skill in early childhood. Here, preschoolers can practice patterning skills. There are 15 pattern cards featuring AB patterns, ABC patterns, and AABB patterns.
The apple shapes all look the same, but the colors vary (red, orange, and green apples), so preschoolers can practice sorting apple colors as they work.
Pumpkin Measurement Cards
These pumpkin measurement cards are straight from the pumpkin patch. With towers of toppling pumpkins, preschoolers use non-standard tools to measure the height of each stack of pumpkins. Preschoolers also practice counting in the math center, too.
Apple Picking Board Game
This is one of the most fun and easy ways to teach preschoolers about data analysis! AKA graphing skills. Preschoolers play this simple board game and “collect”apple colors while playing, adding them to the game scorecard. The game ends when one color of apple reaches ten.
Pumpkin Seed 1 More, 1 Less Counting Activity
Even at the beginning of the school year, preschoolers are capable of learning basic addition and subtraction skills. This takes the form of one more, one less activities. With these cards, preschoolers practice making sets of one more and one less, all in a pumpkin theme!
Fun Learning Manipulatives for Apples and Pumpkins Activities
Having the right teaching manipulatives at your disposal can truly elevate a fall preschool theme to an extraordinary learning experience.
Incorporating manipulatives like colorful leaves, mini pumpkins, or apple-shaped counters can make math and other lessons come alive. These tactile tools engage young learners, helping them grasp abstract concepts through hands-on exploration.
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Fall Math Activities for Toddlers
Fall math activities for toddlers can be both fun and educational.
You can use colorful leaves for counting and sorting, introduce basic shapes using seasonal objects like pumpkins and apples, or engage in hands-on activities like making leaf rubbings to enhance fine motor skills while exploring math concepts in the beautiful autumn setting.
Check out these fun fall ideas for toddlers.
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.