5 Fun Fall Activities for Preschoolers

preschool-fallAutumn – when the days get shorter, the weather gets colder and the leaves fall off the trees – is also the season when we celebrate holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Preschoolers can have fun as they learn about fall by singing songs and creating art.

Sing the Season

“When Fall Comes”
To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

When fall comes, the days get short
Days get short, days get short
When fall comes, the days get short
And the trees all start to change

All the leaves turn red, yellow, brown
Red, yellow, brown; red, yellow, brown
All the leaves turn red, yellow, brown
So pretty, I must say

When they fall down to the ground
To the ground, to the ground
When they fall down to the ground
We go out and play

Rake them up into a pile
Into a pile, into a pile
Rake them up into a pile
Jump in and laugh all day

Make a Leaf Collage

Go for a walk in the park with your little one and collect different colored leaves that have fallen to the ground. You can also make your own construction paper leaves using stencils.

Next, work together to decorate the leaves with crayons, markers, stickers and glitter. Once you have a collection of decorated leaves, glue or tape them to a background or place them between sheets of contact paper. Make sure to overlap the edges of the leaves in some places to create a pile that looks fun enough to jump into.glitter

When you’re finished, you can use an all-in-one glue like Mod Podge or an acrylic sealer to preserve your creation.

Paint a Pumpkin

Painting provides a safe and educational alternative to cutting and carving a pumpkin. While doing the decorating, you can talk about the largest pumpkin ever. In October 2012, a man in Rhode Island grew a pumpkin that weighed 2,009 pounds – more than a ton! The largest pumpkin pie was 20 feet in diameter. In the past, people believed pumpkins could remove freckles and cure snakebites.

Some other fun facts about pumpkins you can share with your preschooler include:

  • Pumpkins are a fruit because they have seeds.
  • They are 90 percent water. The human body is, on average, about 65 percent water.
  • Pumpkins can grow almost everywhere in the world, even Alaska. The only place they don’t grow is Antarctica.
  • We’re used to seeing orange pumpkins, but they can also be red, yellow, white or green.

Cook a Pumpkin Something

People eat pumpkin in cookies, pies, soups and breads. The seeds can also be roasted and eaten as snacks.

Pumpkin flesh, or meat, contains potassium and vitamin A, and it is high in fiber. If you carve a pumpkin, you should have plenty of flesh to cook. If not, you can purchase canned pumpkin at your grocery store.

To make roasted pumpkin seeds, separate the seeds from the pulp. Toss the seeds in a mixture of melted butter and salt, and then spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes, or the until seeds are golden brown. Make sure to stir the seeds occasionally while they cook.cookie sheet

Make a Thankful Turkey

Using finger paints, have your preschooler make a handprint on a piece of paper. After it dries, make the thumb the turkey’s neck and head, drawing in the eyes and wattle (i.e., the skin that hangs from the neck). Draw in legs and feet, as well.

The fingers represent the turkey’s tail feathers. Ask your preschooler to name four things that make him or her happiest. Write one on each feather. Your preschooler can draw in a background or apply other decorations.

 

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