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

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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 Art For Kids – Pom Pom Tree

autumn leaves art I love using contact paper for murals. I did zero instruction during this fall art for kids activity. My daughter counted pom poms, called out colors, and even noticed the size difference of the pom poms. Your child may not label all this learning and verbally clue you into what they are learning but trust me they aren’t just mindlessly adding them. They notice the different textures, they connect the colors to the changing colors outside ( our maple tree is already home to many red leaves), and they create! They are learning even when we don’t say a word.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, painter’s tape, pom poms in fall leaf colors in various sizes if possible, and something to pop them in.

fall mural pom pom tree

Start by attaching the contact paper to a wall or window. pom pom sticky wall fall tree

Draw a bare tree on it with a permanent marker. fall pom pom tree for preschool mural

Place the pom poms where your child can reach them and invite them to create.

pom pom fall tree for preschool

She invited her dad to play too.  fall pom pom tree family activityThey played a game where he’d give her a number and she’d add that many pom poms. fall pom pom tree for kids

After  while I was cooking dinner she took them all off noting that the pom poms left “fuzz prints” but only if they were stuck on for ” a little bit of a long time”. She was right when I tried to make the fuzz prints just by placing and removing a pom pom right away it didn’t work. Loved these observations. pom pom tree deconstruction

 

Books About Fall Leaves

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leaf man lois elhert

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert  will leave you trying to find all sorts of things like butterflies, chickens and fish in leaf piles. The book is about a leaf man who blows away in the wind and the reader is taken past all sorts of animals like chickens and ducks, past rivers filled with fish and butterflies in the air. All are leaves pieced together to make these awesome images , some are obvious, some take concentration to see the animal among the leaves. Wonderful creative book to welcome the changing seasons.

Leaf Jumpers

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber is a beautifully illustrated , informative book that all all about leaves in autumn. It’s not the most exciting book but is a good teaching resource and tool when you are teaching your child about the changing seasons.  I can’t say this is a must read, but it’s useful and worth a look at your local library and will probably make you and your children want to jump in a few giant piles of leaves!

When_Autumn_Falls

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey is a stunning book, the illustrations which are painted paper collages, by Susan Swan are so richly colored you will want more after turning the last page. The text is clever as well. Readers will discover that fall is well named not just because of falling leaves, but also pumpkins falling from the vines, temperatures falling, seeds falling from their leaves and even football players falling! The text is the perfect length for toddlers but not too short for preschoolers too.  Cute book for this time of year.

Kid Made Fall Placemats

Fall Placemat crafts for kidsI love these placemats and how into the activity my kids were. It’s a simple craft and very kid directed. Give them the materials and see what happens. My daughter wanted glitter so we found a way to do it without having to wait for the final product or make a huge mess. Notice I didn’t say no mess. I can’t decide if my favorite thing about these fall placemats is that they make setting the table ( a kid chore at our house ) even more fun or that they get the kids outside exploring the changing seasons hands on.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, crayons, leaves, and contact paper. If you want to get fancy and add glitter to the leaves like my daughter did you will also need some glitter, double stick tape and Ziploc bags.fall placemat craft for preschool
  2. Start by having your child gather the leaves they want to use for the placemat. If they are wet you will want to let them dry before creating.fall placemat craft tutorial
  3. Next choose a color of construction paper and start drawing. My son was into this step. My daughter did it as fast as she could to get to the good stuff also known as glitter.fall placemats drawing
  4. If you are glittering the leaves start by adding double stick tape to the leaves. I can’t stress enough how they must be dry. Next pop some glitter in a bag and add the leaf. Shake!  This extra step for her made it so she and her brother were done at the same time since he took so much time and care with his design. fall glitter leaf placemats
  5. Tape the leaves down onto the construction paper. My son added more designs after. fall placemats for kids
  6. Sandwich the paper with leaves between two sheets of contact paper. I find it easier to lay the contact paper sticky side up and flip the placemats face down to avoid bubbles. I also suggest not having a 3 year old try to help you with this step unless you want a lot of wasted contact paper covered in grass. Trust me on that one. fall leaves placemat craft for kids

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Books About Leaves

 

leaf man lois elhert

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert was the inspiration for this craft and will leave you trying to find all sorts of things like butterflies, chickens and fish in leaf piles. The book is about a leaf man who blows away in the wind and the reader is taken past all sorts of animals like chickens and ducks, past rivers filled with fish and butterflies in the air. All the illustrations are leaves pieced together to make these awesome images , some are obvious, some take concentration to see the animal among the leaves. Wonderful creative book to welcome the changing seasons.

kids books about fall

Lucky Leaf by Kevin O’Malley is a funny book about a boy kicked outside and off his video game by a parent and his quest for a lucky leaf. He waits and waits for the last leaf from a tree to fall, even after his friends give up and go home. The story is cute and my son thought it was funny. I liked the comic book format of the illustrations and the little boy’s dog has some pretty funny facial expressions throughout.

Leaves

Leaves by David Ezra Stein is such a sweet book about a young bear who doesn’t understand what is happening when he sees leaves falling from the trees. He even tries to put them back on but it doesn’t work.  Eventually he lays down for a nap and hibernates until Spring when he happily notices that there are new tiny leaves budding on the trees. Both my kids loved this book. I got it out of the library for my toddler who loved it and while reading it to her I had to start over so her almost 6 year old brother could listen from the start. We each took our own things from it, my daughter has been noticing the changes of Fall for the first time just like the bear in the story. My son took the chance to tell me all about hibernation and everything he knows about it . I thought it was bittersweet, and related to how quickly the years seem to pass and how quickly my little bears are changing too. A really lovely book!

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Recycled Art Project For Kids – Fall Trees

recycled artwork fall tree craft for kidsI get a lot of questions about what I do with my children’s art work and my answer is usually that I take photos and recycle much of it. When I say I recycle art work I normally mean it gets popped into the recycling bin never to be seen again. This recycled art project for kids uses the art work and turns a finished piece into material for another art project. These fall trees are cute and simple enough for kids of various abilities to participate.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some brown and white construction paper, glue stick, scissors, and finished artwork.autumn craft for kids
  2. Cut out a tree outline – I free handed this ( I can cut much better than I can draw) but you could draw it out first too.fall tree craft with collage leaves
  3. Glue the tree down on the white construction paper and if you have kids still learning to cut like mine cutting them into smaller pieces will help. fall tree recycled art craft for kids
  4. Go for it. fall tree recycled art project for kdisThis is a simple project and there is no wrong way to do it.fall tree craft using recycled artwork My son was specific about which colors he wanted where and took time to cut leaf like shapes. fall tree recycled artMy daughter refused any and all offers of help fall tree craft for kidsand did this completely independently.fall collage tree craft for kids

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23 Fall Books with Crafts To Match

fall books with crafts to matchOur first Read & Make post was so crazy popular that I knew I needed to keep this theme going. I see all of you pinning fall ideas on Pinterest and searching for them here on the blog. I thought I would help you out by sharing this easy cheat sheet of 23 fall books with crafts to match.

For the full craft tutorials click the craft title under each pair. The book title is an affiliate link and will take you to Amazon.com
 
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  1. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka and Shape Scarecrow Craft .craft for a friend for all seasons
  2. A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery and Falling Leaves Craft.craft for apple farmer annie
  3. Apple Farmer Annie by  Monica Wellington and Lacing Apple.ghosts in the house activity ideas
  4. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara and Puffy Paint Ghost.craft for plump and perky turkey
  5. A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman and Handprint Turkey Craft craft for donald crews school bus
  6. School Bus by Donald Crews and Cut & Paste School Bus Craft.leaves craft
  7. Leaves by David Ezra Stein and Uppercase Lowercase Letter Sorting Tree.fall books and crafts
  8. Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh and Torn Paper Acorn. readmakefall23
  9. When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey and Tape Resist Fall Tree.kissing hand craft
  10. The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn and Kissing Hand Necklaces.inside a house that is haunted
  11. Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Haunted House Math Activity.pumpkin printing
  12. Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat and Pumpkin Printing.pumpkin eye activity
  13. Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming and Dry Erase Jack-O-Lantern.leaf man craft
  14. Leaf Man  by Lois Ehlert and Leaf Butterfly Craft.fall ideas
  15. I Know It’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli and Simple Autumn Sensory Tub.big pumpkin craft idea for preschool
  16. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman and Pin and Pound Pumpkins.apple picking craft
  17. Apple Picking Time  by Michele Benoit Slawson and Peel and Pick Apple Tree. owl craft
  18. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Letter O Owl Craft. candy corn counting and counting book
  19. This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed and Candy Corn Math.football craft
  20. T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog and Simple Football Craft.scarecrow craft
  21. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Paper Plate Scarecrow.dem bones
  22. Dem Bones by Bob Barner and X-ray X letter Craft.leaf craft for kids
  23. Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber and Tape Resist Leaves.

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Want more Read & Make ? Check out the first post in this series with 25 popular children’s books and matching crafts. Click the image to jump to that post.

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