Harvest Crafts & Activities

thanksgiving harvest craft ideas for kids While lesson planning for my classroom I was thinking about Thanksgiving and what other themes go with it. For young children I like to add on to a Thanksgiving theme with more concrete ideas like farm animals, harvest vegetables, and turkeys. While exploring these you can work in tidbits about the history and traditions of the holiday. We celebrate food, farms, and harvest together to remember the ways the Native Americans shared their knowledge with the Pilgrims and where we get our food to celebrate together today.

Here are 17 harvest and farm themed crafts to help you explore Thanksgiving.

harvest sensory tub

Farm Sensory Tub

paper plate pig craft
Paper Plate Pig

turkey paper bag puppet for kids
Turkey Puppets

Thanksgiving Math with Candy Corn
Candy Corn Math

paper plate scarecrow craft
Paper Plate Scarecrow

potato print turkey craft for thanksgiving
Potato Print Turkey Craft

painting with garden vegetables
Vegetable Printing

marshmallow harvest cornMarshmallow Corn Craft

outside activities for kidsGardening For Letters

farm animal activity for preschoolSheep Craft

Simple Sensory Tub Simple Harvest Sensory Bin

indian corn craft for kidsConfetti Corn Craft

pumpkin printing for kids and toddlersMini Pumpkin Prints

handprint henHand Print Hen Craft

feather finder gameTurkey Feather Hunt

Scarecrow Craft

Shape Scarecrow

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Mosaic Harvest Corn

 

 

Fall Craft Ideas for Preschool { activities & book lists too}

fall craft ideas for preschool This huge list of fall craft ideas for preschool will take you from back-to-school to the holidays. There are apple crafts, pumpkin printing, Halloween math activities, thoughtful Thanksgiving projects and more. In addition to all these great fall crafts and activities for preschool I also have a list of book round-ups for these themes. I know this is a huge list. When I sat down to create it I had forgotten half of these ideas and it was like meeting old friends. I hope this list of fall preschool activities come in handy for you this year.

Fall Crafts & Activities

alphabet activities for preschool

Letter Sorting Fall Tree
Toddler Friendly Glittered Pumpkin
Simple Apple Craft For Toddlers
Falling Leaves
Apple a Letter Craft

tape relief painting with leaves
Easy Fall Painted Leaves
Thanksgiving Leaf Garland
Paper Bag Apple Treat Bags
Shape Scarecrow Craft

halloween game for kids
Ghost Bottle Bowling
Wormy Apple Craft
Indian Corn Mosaics
Pom Pom Apple Tree
Tape Resist Fall Tree Art
Basket of Apples

turkey paper bag puppet for kids
Paper Bag Turkeys
Potato Print Ghost Garland
Apple Printed Hearts

kids craft
School Bus Craft
Apple Sensory Tub
Walnut Painting
Food Coloring Fall Leaves
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
Leaf Rubbing Tree

apple craft for kids
Toilet Paper Roll Apple
Kid Made Leaf Place Mats
Bubble Wrap Indian Corn
Thankful Box
Apple Sun Catcher
Halloween Sensory Tub

candy corn counting math activity for halloween
Candy Corn Counting
Pom Pom Fall Sticky Window
Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Counting Turkey

gross motor activity for kids
Spider Web Walking Activity
Turkey Craft For Toddlers
Ripped Paper Acorn Craft
Handprint Turkey

fall letter activity
Felt Leaf Letter Match
Handprint Bat
Fine Motor Turkey Craft
Puffy Paint Ghost
Marshmallow Indian Corn
Potato Print Turkey

apple craft for kids
Apple Print Wreath
Confetti Corn Craft
Dry Erase Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Printing with Mini Pumpkins
Fall Tree Color Matching

paper plate scarecrow craft
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Turkey Feather Hunt
Apple Lacing Craft
Recycled Artwork Fall Tree
Football Craft
Collage Ghost

halloween craft
Masking Tape Mummy
Candy Apple Math Game
Turkey Feather Color Sorting
Cereal Box Apple
Contact Paper Ghost
Haunted House Math

leaf numbers
Leaf Matching Puzzles
Pin and Pound Pumpkins
Yarn Stamped Fall Tree
Marshmallow Ghost
Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Leaf Painting For Toddlers
Monster Math Learning Tray

Alphabet For Starters
Alphabet Apple Tree
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Turkey Baster Painting
Count & Fill Frankensteins
Thank You Handprint Wreath
Cookie Cutter Ghost Painting
Pumpkin P Letter Craft
Marshmallow Skull

Simple Sensory Tub
Simple Fall Sensory Tub
Foam Frankenstein
Leaf Butterfly
Halloween Wind Chimes

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Letter O Owl
Simple Halloween Sensory Tub
Cereal Acorn Craft
Magnetic Haunted House

 

Fall Theme Books Lists

fall books for kids

 

11 Fall Board Books For Toddlers

15 Fall Books For Children

15 Fall Books For Children

books about apples for kids

Books About Apples

children's books about school

Books About Back To School

Halloween Books For Kids

Halloween Books For Children

thanksgiving books

Picture Books About Thanksgiving

 

Fall Tree Color Matching and Sorting

fall leaves color matching activityChildren are natural sorters. Sorting things helps them makes sense of things and you have probably noticed your child sorting things like toys, crayons, and blocks. This activity adds a little novelty to sorting by using a contact paper sticky wall and color recognition too. What I love about activities like this is that as simple as they are they promote so many types of learning like counting, comparing sizes and even exploring textures all without direct instruction from an adult. Here is how we did it.

Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, something to attach it to the wall ( I used thumbtacks but painter’s tape works better), felt leaves in various colors ( you could use paper too), scissors and brown paper. fall leaves color matching for preschool

Start by attaching the contact paper with the sticky side out onto your wall.fall leaves sticky wall

Next make the three trees. I started making the first solo and my daughter stepped in to make the other two. I don’t know why I didn’t ask her to help from the get go. She was so into it !fall leaves color matching mural

Place the felt leaves in a tray or box and set them up within easy reach. I added a dot of color on each tree but that’s optional. You could also just add one leaf to each for a prompt if need be. Do not give  kids any prompts if they don’t need them. fall color matching

Sort! You may notice that my little helper is in a new outfit. After we made the activity she wasn’t ready for it and instead wanted to play with a sensory bin I’d been constructing. Then we read… eventually we got back to this after getting dressed for the day. I know it’s exciting when you set up a project but if your child isn’t into it don’t push. Leave it set up and they will go check it out , enjoy it more and most importantly learn more because they are interested and not forced. fall leaf sorting and color matching

Additional ideas :

  • Use shapes instead of felt leaves
  • Use word families
  • Use numbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felt Leaf Letter Match – Alphabet Activity

fall letter activityThis simple alphabet activity has many layers of exploration for our little ones. The soft felt leaves and hard clothes pins offer contrasting textures, opening and closing the clothes pins helps build hand strength, and of course there is letter recognition as well. Not bad for $3 in supplies from the dollar store. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters Series which aims to introduce and play with letters in fun dynamic ways.

Gather your materials. You will need some felt leaves ( I got mine at Dollar Tree ), a pen, and clothes pins. I also used my favorite little crates . leaf letter match letter recognition 3

Write the uppercase letters on the felt. I just used a regular old pen. I had to wipe the tip a few times but it worked great otherwise.leaf letter recognition activity for preschool

Write the lowercase letters on the clothes pins.leaf letter recognition for kids

Time to match. leaf letter match with clothes pinsWith younger children don’t just throw the whole alphabet to them. Give them 5 – 10 letters and then add more as needed. 10 was the perfect number for my daughter who is just 3. The act of matching the different forms of the letters was a bit of a challenge but if she would have had to dig through all 26 letters to find one she would have tired of this much sooner. Offer all 26 for older more experienced letter matchers.Leaf letter matching game for kids

Later in the day we played a game with the leaves and clothes pins. She would choose a clothes pin and tell me what letter it was then I would offer her a littler that did not match and say ” This is the match right?” She would say ” No! That is the letter XYZ.” until I offered her the correct leaf and she would cheer and clip it. She thought it was very funny to correct Mama. I also plan to use these letters for a indoor leaf hunt later this week. leaf letter match game for preschool

Don’t forget to use this activity as a conversation starter to talk about the leaves in the trees around your house. Are they changing yet? Talk about why and pop outside to have a look.

 

Fall Alphabet Books

t is for touchdown

T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog is a beautiful book that will delight even those of us who are never happy to see football season start. I admit even being an anti fan this book was fun and really full of information that even a football scrooge like myself can appreciate. Also it’s easy to read simply the letters and look at the pictures for little ones and has genuinely interesting blurbs for each page for older children.

Autumn Books

 Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur is a lovely book that is also a wonderful introduction into this form of poetry for young children. Each page has a poem about the season, from Acorns, to Owls to Pumpkins. Each letter of the words are a jumping off point for a sentence in the poem. The beauty of this book is that it reads well traditionally as well as individual poems which really makes it two books in one.

patty's pumpkin patch

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch  by Teri Sloat is a great alphabet book and story in one. Readers follow a pumpkin patch from planting the seeds until after Halloween when they gather the seeds for the next planting.  I really like how this book combines an alphabet book with both upper and lowercase letters corresponding to some animal or insect in the story . I also like the easy rhythm of the rhyming text and the engaging and detailed illustrations . All in all I think this is a great fall book.

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Letter Sorting Tree – Alphabet For Starters

alphabet activities for preschoolI love doing active alphabet activities with my toddler. They don’t have to be big running or throwing games ( although those are great too) just simple ones that aren’t restricted to a table or sitting.  The other day on the walk to her brother’s bus stop she pointed to the half moon and declared ” A lowercase moon Mama!” and since that declaration we’ve been exploring and seeking out more lowercase letters in our books. As you will see this activity was still challenging for her as I thought it would be but we worked on it together and I have left it up in our playroom to use as a talking point . In a class it would be a great group project too. For more alphabet ideas for beginners check out all of our Alphabet For Starters series.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some craft paper , scissors, fall leaves ( make your own or pop to the dollar store before they all disappear) , markers , painter’s tape and double stick tape. I also have a container of crayons because my daughter wanted to color some of the leaves as well.easy alphabet activities for kids
  2. Start by writing out a variety of upper and lowercase letters on the leaves. I did half the alphabet in upper and half in lower. Do however many you want in any combination. Remember we are playing not drilling. I made a good number of letters that are the same in either one too. This builds some freebies in which is always good for confidence building.
  3. Next make a bare tree with your craft paper. I cut free hand because I am way better at cutting than drawing. Do what works for you. Attach it to the wall with painter’s tape. While you do that if you have a little artists with you waiting to learn let them color the leaves and don’t forget to slip in a few ” You are coloring the uppercase m !” etc… getting into the habit of labeling what they are doing really helps make it more natural and it teaches them in such a natural way.
  4. Add double stick tape to the branches and the roots. Now ONLY use this if you are not planning on repositioning the leaves. They can be taken off and moved immediately but after they are on for a few minutes they will rip. If you need to be able to move them use contact paper sticky side out held on with permanent double stick tape.
  5. Make a pile of leaves and start sorting. She always starts with her first initial. You will have to explain to your child that upper case letters go on top and the lowercase on the bottom. I try never to use the terms big and little since you can have a 6 foot high lowercase b or a tiny uppercase one. Using the proper terms especially when they are just starting out really helps.  I found myself saying ” Upper goes up and lower stays low!” as we went through the letters.
  6. Encourage them to find letters they know or like and then hand them ones that maybe they are struggling with. My daughter is only 2 so I am not purposefully handing her any letters yet as it’s all introduction and play. If she was older and mixing up b and d I would target that or maybe g and j … do not turn this into drill and test. It’s hard not to sometimes but keep it light and fun.  If your child puts a uppercase letter with the lowercase don’t worry instead ask them about it they may be confused and you can address that, they may have a really good only a 4 year old can think it up reason or they may catch their mistake and correct it themselves which is 20 times better than having someone correct it for you.  This is as far as she went and I was thrilled .
  7. I sorted the rest out loud as she played with her doll house next to me.