Arts & Crafts Provide your preschoolers with a variety of fall colored play dough this week. Add Tree and Leaf cookie cutters to the art space. You can add Leaf Rubbings and Small twigs and leaves (both real, and paper/silk) to this space as well, and encourage them to incorporate them in their free art.
These coffee filter leaves belong to community member Darlene Santos Gormly. The Children used Coffee Filter leaves (that she cut out herself), eye droppers, and Red & Yellow watercolor paints to create these beauties.
Add some leaf decor and books about leaves and trees to your space. Pull out leaf/tree puzzles. If you have incorporated a tree into your space-change out your "Summer" leaves into "Fall ones. If you plan on adding a tree to your space, consider adding velcro, so that the children can change out the leaves seasonally.
Dramatic Play: Add a "raking center" in your dramatic play space (you can purchase silk leaves at your Dollar Store or local craft store). Add some plastic rakes and a strip of indoor/outdoor carpet for a fun effect.
This precious Leaf Raking area was created by community member Tamara G. Elemeno Preschool
Construction/Building Area: Encourage kids to create trees for the construction space. Provide them with a variety of recycled items to turn into small trees. You can purchase or paint your own "tree" blocks for this space as well.
Our friends at Erica's Educare Learning Center are using the Pre-K Printable Fun Fall counting mats 1-10 with frame sprinted on vellum on their light table to practice their counting skills.
Practice sorting Leaves by color with this color leaf match up activity found inside the Pre-K Printable Fun Leaves and Trees Activity Pack.
Strong visual discrimination skills help young children help young children spot subtle differences between letters. Your students will have fun building this skill as they search for the fall items inside this Zoom In On Fall Activity from PKPF.
You can turn silk leaves into "Felt Board" activities, or add them to your Sensory Table for some fall fun. You can also turn simple Bulletin Board Leaf Cut-outs into a matching game (if you are unable to procure a variety of leaves in your neighborhood).
Use this free Leaf Specimen printable from PKPF to record and document your leaf specimens. This activity helps young children start to identify different characteristics of living objects. Many discussions can be had about the changing seasons, as well as the similarities of their specimens they have collected.