Summer is officially over, but the fun doesn’t end when preschool begins. Your licensed daycare center can utilize this handy, creative and free lesson plan to teach preschool aged children about the season fall.
Autumn Art Activity: Handprint Wreath
For this activity you will need: 1 handprint pattern; 1 acorn pattern; brown, yellow, orange, red, and green craft foam, poster board, ribbon, and glue. Cut handprints and acorns from foam in assorted colors. Cut a wreath ring from the poster board. Glue the hands randomly around the ring. Glue acorns randomly amongst the foam hands. Then attach the ribbon for hanging.
Autumn Cooking with Preschoolers
What better way to learn about and celebrate autumn than with a cooking lesson that features pumpkins! Roasting pumpkin seeds is a quick, easy, and fun activity for preschoolers. If you can incorporate a trip to a pumpkin patch, do so. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut the top off of one large pumpkin and let the children remove the seeds with their hands. Rinse the seeds in a colander/strainer and sort the seeds from the pulp. Lay the seeds on a paper towel and let the seeds dry completely. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, sprinkle the seeds on the cookie sheet in one layer, and sprinkle the seeds with salt. Bake for 20-30 minutes and let cool. Pumpkin seeds are a great snack!
Autumn Cognitive/Math Activity
Autumn object sorting is a great way for child care centers to teach children about classification and counting. First, collect 5-10 of each of the following objects: mini pumpkins, apples, leaves, construction paper scarecrows, leaves, and plastic corn on the cob. Put all of the items into a large laundry bag. Have children take turns drawing an item from the bag and sorting them into groups. Next have the children count the number of objects in each group.
Preschool Books about Autumn
It’s Fall by Linda Glasser [Millbrook Press, 2001]
Why do Leaves Change Colors by Betsy Maestro and Loretta Krumpinski [Collins, 1994]
Leaf Baby: Baby Seasons Board Books by Mary Briggid Barrett and Eve Chwast [Red Wagon Books, 1998]
Arthur Jumps into Fall by Marc Brown [LB Kids, 2006]
I Know It’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli and Nancy Hayashi [HarperCollins, 2004]
Fall Physical Activities
Children love jumping in crunchy fall leaves. This activity enhances their gross motor skills by allowing them to practice rebounding activities and projectile management through a rebounding and raking activity. Collect a large assortment of fall leaves. This is a good time to take the children on a nature walk and discuss the features of autumn. Take all of the leaves you have collected and place them in a kid-sized plastic swimming pool. Also scatter some leaves around the pool. Invite kids to jump in the leaves and practice raking the scattered leaves into piles.
A fall themed lesson plan for preschoolers should be creative, fun, and cover all areas of development. A large part of child care jobs is to expose ideas in a variety of ways, so that children are more apt to remember the concept.
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