Fun Fall Programming

The autumn season offers multiple opportunities for nature exploration, and naturally raises a lot of questions:

Why do the leaves change?

Why does the temperature grow colder?

Why do we need coats during the daytime?

Why are the leaves falling off of the trees?

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving, Halloween and Remembrance Day?

All of these questions can be answered by a series of carefully planned out crafts, provocations and structured circle activities.

Art & Sensory Activities

Autumn Leaves

A simple painting and taping activity which doubles as a sensory experience as well as art.

Corn Cob Shakers

This auditory activity has a great fine motor component. The children love picking up the kernels and dropping them into the bottles, dumping it out and starting again. The end result is a fun musical shaker!

Autumn Tree Activity

View instructions here.

Physical Activities

Nature Walk

The leaves are absolutely beautiful in the fall. Taking the children for a nature walk to explore the changing colors of the leaves is not only visually appealing, but it helps them to identify their colors and develop their language skills. Having the children jump in leaf piles is also a fun activity using the freshly fallen leaves. Gross motor activities are great for releasing that pent up energy!

Leaf Pile

Provide the children with various tools like shovels, rakes and buckets. Challenge them to create a leaf pile. After they’ve formed the pile, let them run and jump in!

Circle Time


  • Infant – “Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin” by Tad Hills
  • Toddler – “Let It Fall” by Maryann Cocca Leffler
  • Preschool – “The Busy Little Squirrel” by Nancy Tafuri



(To the tune of Farmer in the Dell)

The leaves are falling down,

The leaves are falling down.

Yellow, orange, red and brown,

The leaves are falling down.

Group Activity


Place the apples in order from biggest to smallest, smallest to biggest or by numbers drawn on the back. Use them to have the children identify the different colors or match them to an object of the same color. Being apart of a group activity like this builds confidence, encourages participation and promotes language development.

Dramatic Play

Farmer’s Market

Create a Farmer’s Market by setting up bins on a table with a cash box, various pumpkins, gourds or other vegetables and leave out paper and markers for the children to add prices. This doubles as a Sensory experience. For a bonus, add reusable shopping bags where the children can store their purchases.

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