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Fall, Autumn, and Leaves Preschool Activities and Crafts

Fall, Leaves Activities, Lessons, Crafts for preschool and kindergarten

Fall and autumn leaves activities and crafts for preschool and kindergarten. It's fall! The days are shorter and the nights are cooler. The leaves are turning yellow, red, and orange, giving a colorful salute to summer. Welcome autumn into your classroom and celebrate the changing foliage with fall-themed teaching ideas and lessons. Preschoolers and kindergarteners alike will build literacy skills as they travel with Leaf Man (via Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert). Our leaf-related activities, games, and crafts provide a bounty of opportunities for children to retell stories and rhymes, acquire new sight words, practice letter and color identification, connect counting to cardinality, and use their imaginations to create leaf people and animals using real fall leaves. It’s time to say “good-bye summer” and “hello fall”! 

Samples of our over 100 preschool and kindergarten fall and leaves activities, crafts, games, and printables available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Crafts

 
Fall Tree with Twig
 
Apples or Leaf Basket - Craft and Fine Motor Activity
 
Fall Tree

Activities and Lessons

 
Five Little Leaves Felt Story Board
 
Blog Story Time: Leaf Man
 
Five Little Leaves Finger Play Extensions

Math

 
Where Is the Leaf?
 
Fall Leaves Math
 
Leaves on Tree Math

Science and Exploration

 
Literacy Activity "Why Do Leaves Change Color"
 
I'm a Little Apple Tree (Seasons)
 
Tree Seasons

Games

 
ABC Letter Matching Leaves Picking Game
 
Letter L for Leaves Folder Game
 
Leaves Sounds

Movement

 
Fall Leaves Small World Play Area
 
Leaves Are Falling
 
Autumn Winds Movement

Booklets and Other

 
A Little Yellow Leaf Adventure Story Book
 
Fall Word Wall
 
Fall and Leaves Weekly Plan

Worksheets

 
Fall Tree Coloring Page
 
Leaf Shadow Match
 
Leaf Writing Prompt

In The Classroom

 
Fall Leaves Math
 
Blog Story Time: Leaf Man
 
Five Little Leaves Finger Play Extensions
Free Preschool and Kindergarten Fall and Leaves Activities, Games, and Craft Ideas.

Leaves Background Information
During the fall and winter when there isn’t much sunlight, leaves stop making food. The chlorophyll that makes the green color breaks down, and the leaves begind to change colors such as to red, orange, yellow, and gold. As the leaf is changing colors, the stem is also changing and it detaches itself from the tree. When the wind blows or if the stem is dry, the leaf falls to the ground. That’s why trees become bare in autumn. Trees that lose their leaves are called deciduous trees, for example, oak, maple, and birch.

Fall Leaves Circle Time Activities and Movement

Hide and Seek Leaves

Trace and cut two leaf shapes out of red and orange colored craft paper for each child. Hide the leaves in the classroom before or after class, or ask the children to cover their eyes while you place the leaves around the room. Play some music and instruct children to begin looking for the leaves. Once a child has found two leaves, he/she returns to his seat with the leaves. Use the leaves for the activity "The Leaves on the Ground." 

Extension: Let children write their name on the leaves, and then collect them with a basket. Place basket on a table with crayons and black markers (see Leaves Science Activity).

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Fall and Leaves crafts, activities, and games

Leaf Science Activity

Look at the veins of a fall leaf together. Explain to children that leaves make food for the plant. The blackish lines in the leaf are called veins. Veins help support the leaf, and are helping it to keep its shape. Veins also move the food within the leaf, just like the veins in our own bodies help move the blood. Let children use the black markers to draw veins to their leaf shapes. 

My Leaf Science Exploration Activity

The Leaves on the Ground
Have children form a circle. Provide each child with a laminated or silk red leaf and an orange leaf to use as props as they sing the following song:

The Leaves on the Ground
(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn orange and red, (Raise appropriate leaf color when recited.)
Orange and red, (Raise appropriate leaf color when recited.)
Orange and red. (Raise appropriate leaf color when recited.)
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red (Raise appropriate leaf color when recited.)
All around the town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish, (Swish leaves across floor.)
Swish, swish, swish, (Swish leaves across floor.)
Swish, swish, swish. (Swish leaves across floor.)
The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish (Swish leaves across floor.)
All around the ground.

The leaves on the trees tumble down, (Make leaves tumble to the floor without letting go of the stems.)
Tumble down, (Make leaves tumble to the floor without letting go of the stems.)
Tumble down. (Make leaves tumble to the floor without letting go of the stems.)
The leaves on the trees tumble down (Make leaves tumble to the floor without letting go of the stems.)
Down to the ground.

We'll rake the leaves in a pile and jump right in! (Gently drop leaves into the middle of the circle)
Jump right in, (jump in and out of leaves.)
Jump right in! (jump in and out of leaves.)
We'll rake the leaves in a pile (push leaves together.)
All around the town.

Leaf Hop 
Cut out large leaf shapes from colored paper. Place leaves on the floor and ask children to hop from one leaf to another. They also could be used at seat markers for circle time. Variation: Place real leaves on the ground and have children hop, fly, jump, and run from one leaf to another. The leaves can be colored and displayed in the room after the games are over.


Free Fall and Leaves Printables
fall coloring page
apple tree coloring page
writing worksheet
leaf tracing
 

Leaf Tracing Worksheet

 

Math Leaves Activities

Estimating
Place fall leaves inside a basket. How many leaves are in the basket? Let children write down a number. Then, count the leaves. 

Graphing
Place different amounts of red, yellow, orange, and brown leaves in a bag. Demonstrate to children how to reach inside the bag and grab one leaf, and then record it on the graph paper. What color leaves do they have the most of? The least?

Patterning
Draw leaf color patterns on sentence strips or use our printables. Place silk leaves inside a basket and let children duplicate and then extend the patterns with the leaves. 

Matching and Sorting
Make a Matching/Concentration Game by sticking fall leaf stickers on index cards. Let children find the matching pairs. 

Fall and Autumn Leaves in the Preschool Classroom Lesson

Fall and Leaf Crafts 

How to Preserve Fall Leaves
Brush leaves on each side with vegetable oil. Place oiled leaves between layers of newspaper. Place a heavy object on the newspaper for about three days. You will have beautifully preserved leaves for leaf rubbing!

Fall Leaves People and Fall Bulleting Board Craft

Fall and Leaves Sensory Activities

Nature Walk
Go on a nature walk with children. Take along a bag to place leaves in. Pick up leaves of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Have children examine them. Help them write down what they see or write a story about how the leaves fell to the ground.

Leaf Crunch
Collect leaves. Pour leaves into empty water table or in a big bowl. Allow children to scrunch up the leaves with their hands. Children can also sprinkle the crunched leaves onto a paper leaf shape with glue to make a leaf mosaic.

 

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