Fall Nature Activities for Preschoolers

tree study

I’m so thankful I get to spend time with my children for their preschool years. First, I share our curriculum choices and why we use them. Keep reading to find out how we explored nature during the Fall! Finally, at the bottom, we list our favorite supplies for the preschool years.

leaves
leaves

PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM

SUPPORTS AMPLE NATURE TIME

  • Exploring Nature with Children – This works well for my family because it is centered around being outdoors
  • The Abundant Gardener – We are learning more about gardening together so this will naturally provide chances to visit gardens, plant stores, and be outside on our land

SEED STUDY

First, we gathered seeds from the yard. Then, we read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. My oldest son LOVES art! He used watercolors to paint in the flower I drew from the story. We use these watercolors almost daily and LOVE them! They have lasted a long time, and the boys really enjoy using them.

seed dispersal
seed dispersal

We created seed bombs at home and with our sweet preschool co-op group. I found an easy tutorial on Pinterest on how to make the seed bombs. We used seed packets, water, potting soil, and air-dry clay.

flower seeds
flower seeds

It was so simple and fun to get our hands dirty. I can’t wait for Spring to see the flowers pop up!

seed bombs
seed bombs

Then, we discussed seed dispersal and used leftover egg cartons to house our nature treasures. My boys use the egg cartons frequently now to store their findings!

seed gather
seed gather

We also read A Seed is Sleepy by Diana Aston. These books are all absolutely stunning and provide beautiful imagery. The boys had fun using a magnifying glass for the first time to observe their treasures up close!

seed dispersal
seed dispersal

Finally, we read through From Seed to Plant. Although this was an informative book, my boys were not attentive to this book. Perhaps as they get a little older, they will be more interested in it!

APPLE STUDY

Since it was Fall, we also explored apples. My boys practiced kitchen skills by slicing the apples, and removing and counting the seeds. Then we painted an apple template using the sliced apple and tempera paints.

apple art
apple art

We read through the following books and these were all EXCELLENT: Applesauce Season, the Apple Tree’s Discovery, The Apple Pie Tree, Apple and Johnny Appleseed. I think our favorite book was the Apple Tree’s Discovery because it has such a neat story!

apple stories
apple stories

Since I’m a lover of sweets, we then made this simple vegan apple crisp recipe. This recipe is simple, pretty clean, and my family loves it, so we have made it several times!

vegan apple crisp
vegan apple crisp

I just love to see the attention to detail my older son has when he is painting!

apple life cycle
apple life cycle

BEE STUDY

Next, we explored and learned about honey bees. This was a fun lesson! I highly recommend Are You a Bee? I also highly recommend making homemade beeswax candles! To this day, my boys still get excited to light a candle that they helped create!

h is for honey
h is for honey

Of course, since my boys seem to love being creative with art, they colored in the honey bees I drew from them in their nature journals. We also made a bee card from cardstock, used our Nature Anatomy book to draw a bee, and read the Honeybee Man many times throughout the week!

honey bee
honey bee

FARM VISIT

In October, we visited Johnson’s Backyard Gardens for an open house event. When we first arrived, we took a tractor tour of the farm! Next, we completed a nature scavenger hunt searching for leaves, spider webs, birds, mini beasts and signs of bugs.

tractor
tractor

They were pretty excited to ride the tractor trailer!

tractor tour
tractor tour

We had a pretty view of the farm from the tractor ride.

sun set over the farm
sun set over the farm

LEAF STUDY

I try to begin and end the month reading a short and sweet poem from a beautiful book called Be Blest. I highly recommend this book. It is very inexpensive too!

OCTOBER
OCTOBER

First, we used Nature Anatomy to study leaf characteristics. This book has been such a huge resource to us, I highly recommend you check it out! We collected as many leaves as we could (there is not much variety on our property which mostly consists of cedar and oak trees). My boys had fun painting the leaves and making art with them.

leaf
leaf

We tried to identify leaves based on their shapes.

leaf
leaf

We read through many stories, and really enjoyed We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt. We have also read his other cute story We’re going on a Bear Hunt and it is one of my three year old son’s favorite books.

leaf painting
leaf painting

PUMPKIN STUDY

Perhaps our favorite Fall study was exploring Pumpkins! Since it is so useful, we used our Nature Anatomy book again to draw and paint pumpkins and squash. We read through Pumpkin Town more times than I can count over the week.

pumpkins
pumpkins

Next, my children painted mini pumpkins. Then, we made clean pumpkin energy balls with just a few ingredients. Prior to making the balls, we carved a pumpkin together, explored the seeds and pulp, and cooked the pumpkins to make homemade pumpkin puree, which was used to make the pumpkin energy balls.

pumpkin balls
pumpkin balls

To gain more great healthy recipes, such as the Pumpkin energy balls, join my Nourished Health Challenge groups! I would love for you to join my community of healthy, wellness minded mamas in focusing our our health! It is so nice when your kiddos start an activity organically, which is exactly what happened with the mini pumpkin painting!

pumpkin paint
pumpkin paint

Here are my children scooping out the seeds! Its a messy job, but so fun!

pumpkin carve
pumpkin carve

Here they are painting pumpkins at a sweet co-op activity.

pumpkin paint
pumpkin paint

Finally, we also watched Too Many Pumpkins on a You Tube read aloud since my library didn’t carry it!

TREE STUDY

We finished our Fall studies with Tree exploring. Nature Anatomy once again was a great resource and we also used our Smokey the Bear tree poster to identify some trees.

tree study
tree study

For this study, we collected seeds and leaves from the yard.

tree study
tree study

We read the Giving Tree and attempted to make some leaf rubbings using crayons and cardstock.

tree rubbing
tree rubbing

We are lucky since we found SO MANY wonderful Tree books. Our favorites we have read through several times are: Little Tree, Sequoia, and A Log’s Life.

tree books
tree books

I hope this helps inspire you with some Fall related Preschool activities! I sure love this precious time home with my kiddos. Finally, here is our Before and After homeschool space.

SUPPLIES

Nature Anatomy Series
Watercolors
Chalk Pastels
Nature Journal
Paint brushes

OUR PICKS

 

Finally, you can check out 20 Nature Field Trip Ideas here.

 

 

 

 

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<p>Hi, I’m Randi! I’m the blessed Mama of two amazing little boys, Hudson (age 4.5) and Jude (age 3). I’m honored to be able to homeschool my preschoolers and we are trying to be intentional with our children each day. I’m all about slowing down, leading as natural a life as we can, spending time outdoors, and enjoying the simple, ordinary moments of life. I have always had health and wellness as an intense passion. Now I get to share it with my children!</p>

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