October is finally here which means only one thing: Full-On Fall Fun! The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing colors and there are pumpkins everywhere!
What better way to welcome Fall than with fun activities you can do with your children!
Fall activities are a great way to introduce toddlers to a new season, a season of change, and all the fun that comes with it.
From fun arts-and-crafts projects to festive outings, MSODT has gathered great ideas you can do at home!
1. Handprint Fall Tree Craft
Head outside and grab some leaves! What makes this activity fun is using actual leaves to add to your drawn tree! What you’ll need is crayons, glue sticks, white construction paper, & LEAVES!
You don’t have to be the crafty type to draw the tree!
2. Paper Bag Fall Wreath
Making a fall wreath with your child provides a great opportunity to discuss the changing of the seasons, and to explore the vibrant colors and textures of Autumn! Start by smoothing out your paper bag, and opening up the sealed bottom of the bag.
Gently fold and roll the edges outward, working your way around the opening as you go. Use your glue gun to secure any loose edges in place. Have your child glue the artificial leaves and flowers around the paper bag. Finish by loosely winding a few lengths of raffia around your wreath. To make your paper bag fall wreath, you’ll need:
- Large paper bag
- Artificial fall leaves
- Artificial flowers in vibrant, fall colors
- Low-Temperature Glue Gun
3. Popcorn Kernel Fall Sensory Bin
If you are a huge fan of the colors of fall, then you’ll love this activity. Fall is here and so are the lovely fall colors! Just a few materials, some scooping tools from the kitchen, and a couple of kids are all you need to enjoy this beautiful season with this easy fall sensory activity.
With plenty of different textures to explore and a variety of colors in this sensory bin, it’s a wonderful tactile experience for little hands. By adding scoops and spoons, you’ll be encouraging lots of fine motor development too!
All you will need is:
- Popcorn Kernels
- Felt Leaves
- Acrylic Leaves
- Fake Maple Leaves
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
4. Autumn Apple Stamps
This is a great way for preschoolers to explore fall colors with a classic apple stamping activity! This is a kid’s craft that will keep children busy creating works of art! And it’s easy!
Lay down an old tablecloth or newspaper and have kids pain the half-apples with a paintbrush. The color is up to you, but since it’s fall we decided to go with red and yellow. Place the apple pain-side down on the tea towel and press down very firmly. Carefully lift the apple straight up. And there you have it! Autumn Apple Prints!
All you will need is:
- Apples, cut in half
- Fabric Paint
- Paint Brush
- Paper Towels
- White Tea Towel
- Newspaper or Old Tablecloth
- Apron or Old Shirt
5. Pine Cone Hedgehogs
These adorable little pine cone hedgehogs are a perfect fall craft! Kids will love searching for pine cones outside and making a craft out of their found treasures!
Place a pine cone down on an edge where it doesn’t roll. Take a lighter brown piece of felt & cut out a face (a triangular shape with rounded ears).
Then stick a large black enamel sticker on the felt for the nose. Stick two smaller stickers on the felt for the eyes. Take the piece of darker brown felt and cut out 2 small ears. Finally, glue the face on the front of the pine and the ears on just above the head. Allow drying completely.
You will need:
- Pine Cones
- Felt In 2 Different Shades of Brown
- Black Enamel Sticker Breads