Fall Themed Activities for Little Learners

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

Fall is always exciting in my classroom. Students are excited and interested in all the changes that are occurring outside (not to mention that Halloween just around the corner). We learn about what students are interested in and right now it is fall. I wanted to share with you some of my students' favorite fall themed activities

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Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

A fall salt writing tray is a hands on way to practice letters, numbers, and shapes. It's super simple to set up too. I just grabbed some salt, dyed it orange, let it dry, and put them on a tray. You can also use colored sand in your writing tray too. Students pick a leaf letter, write it in the tray, and shake to erase it.

You can find the trays HERE. A lacing set came in these beautiful wooden trays.

Fall sight word writing tray. Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

For my kinder teachers, do this activity with sight words instead of letters! Your students will be excited to write their sight words in the salt tray.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

My book shelf changes with each new theme. I just love to see students excited when I put new books for the new theme on the shelf! It's Pumpkin Time and Going on a Left Hunt are my favorite fall books to read at circle time.

Fall writing center. Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

My fall writing center has colorful fall themed paper, fall vocabulary cards, fall dot it markers, and fall stickers. The vocabulary cards spark their memories and get kids talking, writing, and drawing about fall.

FREE fall letter dot it! Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

Letter dot it? Yes, please! Anything with dot it markers my students just LOVE. So I made this cute FREE (yes, free) Fall Letter Dot It with uppercase letters and one with lowercase letters for the library center. I also used it as a table time activity too. GRAB IT HERE!

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

There are so many great compound words (scarecrow, sunflower, football) that relate to fall so I just had to create some Fall Compound Word Puzzles.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

To help get my kids up and moving during centers, I created this Fall Syllable Sort with a movement spinner. Students pick a card, spin the spinner, move to count the number of syllables, and put the card in the corresponding pile.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

Name collages are always a hit with my students! We make name collages with almost everything you can think of. Students crumbled up leaves to create their name collage. Grab these FREE editable name cards HERE.

Pumpkin 2D shape trace game! Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

2D Shape Pumpkin Patch Match gives students the opportunity to pratice identifying 2D shapes and drawing them. Students pick a card, identify the shape, and trace the corespodning shape on their board. 

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

Fall number line up combines number identification, counting, matching, and one to one correspondence all into one activity. First, students made a number line with the Fall Number Cards. Then they counted out and matched various math and fall manipulatives with the number.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

We used real pumpkin seeds as counters to play Fall Cover Up. I put out boards with one ten frame for my younger students and boards with two ten frames for my older students.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

In my library center, I added these Fall Trace the Number boards. Students traced the number with a dry erase marker.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

For my older students who needed more of a challenge, I put out Fall Fill in the Number boards.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

You can't forget to add some fall props to your blocks center. I added tractors, fake leaves, pumpkins (orange pom poms), apples (red pom poms), fall books, and hay bales (blocks covered in yellow paper.

Fall STEM challenges! Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

In the discovery center, I added Fall STEM I Can Build challenge cards, cups, fake fall leaves, and acorns! Check out the fall forest my little engineer created!

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

How inviting does this fall playdoh exploration look? Students made fall cookies with the fall cookie cutters and pressed the fake leaves into the playdoh creating leaf prints. They created all kinds of designs and sculptures using the acorns, pumpkin gems, and leaf gems. I found those in the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago. It was a fun activity to strengthen those little fine hands and wrists. I always try to put a new play dough exploration out in my art center for every theme we do.


Where I live the wind is crazy in the fall. Students used straws to blow the paint just like the wind blows the leaves off the trees. It was a fun oral motor activity. Just make sure each student has their own straw to use.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

And it's not fall unless you create fall hand (arm) print trees. Students used their fingers to make the leaves on their trees.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, science, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

There are so many beautiful warm colors everywhere in the fall, why not set up a fall color mixing experiment. I put out red, orange, and yellow water and students mixed colors on paper towels. Plus it was a great fine motor activity too!

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, science, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

Beans, beans, and more beans are in my sensory table in the fall. Students scooped, measured, poured, and picked up the beans to explore capacity.


At my science table is all things fall...fall leaves, pumpkins, acorns, gourds, apples, fall books, and fall photographs. We planted our pumpkin seeds too. The students observed and measured how much the vines grew with a ruler and the scale.

Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, science, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.

In the dramatic play center, we created a Pumpkin Patch. Students made most of the props for our pumpkin patch. They crumbled up paper to make the leaves on the tree, twisted paper to make the vines, painted the corn maze, created the hay bales for the stand out of boxes, and made the pumpkins out of paper bags.


Well, those are my favorite fall activities. If you want the activities I made, grab my Fall Math and Literacy Centers pack. It is loaded with tons of math and literacy centers all about fall, leaves, apples, and pumpkins.


If you want to change your dramatic play center into a pumpkin patch, grab my Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play pack. I did all the hard work for you. It has directions, printables, and tons of classroom photos to help you set up your own pumpkin patch.



Grab some beautiful Fall, School, Halloween, and Thanksgiving STEM I Can Build challenge posters (with real photographs) for the blocks, science, and STEM center!

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Fall math, literacy, fine motor, art, sensory, science, and dramatic play activities for your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom.


4 comments

  1. Great ideas!! May I ask where you purchased the paper holder at your writing center. I have not had any luck finding one large enough to hold our paper like that.
    Thanks!

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    1. I bought it from the Dollar Tree in the office section. You can find them at office stores too. Thanks so much. Here is one I found at Office Depot http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/886198/Office-Depot-Brand-Incline-Sorter-6/

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  2. Thank you for the quick response! I will be checking the Dollar Tree tomorrow!! If that doesn't work thank you for the link.

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