While we may not have done a week of “summer school” (haha) to welcome the season, we sure did a special week to say hello to Fall!
We started things off with a special fall wreath project the day before the first day of Fall. With Mom working full-time out of the house now, it’s nice to look forward to a special activity!
We also used a nice tot pack. Starred items below are from the Fall Pack from This Reading Mama — thank you!
(Have a preschooler? Check out our 11 Fall Preschool Trays!)
Now for the rest of our fun Fall Tot Trays & Activities:
- Fall Wreath
- Leaf Toss
- Fall Item Sort
- Wooden Scarecrow Coloring
- Fall Dough Tray
- F is for Fall*
- Fall Window Clings
- Welcome Fall book
- Fall Clip Cards*
- Cutting Practice*
- Sunflower Seeds Bin
- Fall Leaf Punching*
- Please check out our post: Welcoming Autumn: Preschool Designed Fall Wreath
- This idea is from Little Family Fun — thank you!
- When Oriental Trading offers free shipping on any order, it is hard for me not to take part. Sometime over the summer I couldn’t think of what to purchase, so I went with these fall leaves.
- As leaves aren’t on the ground here yet, this is a good way for us to play in the meantime!
- Started with a favorite Lakeshore Learning Hands-on Math Tray
- Collected some fall items — pumpkins, apples, acorns and pinecones
- This is it — let him sort them!
- Picked this one up for 75 cents at Jo-Ann!
- The scarecrow is made of balsa wood and with the included stand, he can make a nice decoration.
- He only came with 3 markers so I gave E some more.
- This cute tracing page from This Reading Mama says “F is for fall” with a nice branch with leaves; the F, branch and leaves are all traceable
- I decided to give this to him with an orange highlighter
- First, I made some new dough for the season! The red is cinnamon (to use with the upcoming apple theme, too) and pumpkin pie (for the inevitable pumpkin theme)
- I included a laminated L for Leaves dough mat from 123 Homeschool 4 Me — thank you!
- I purchased(!) a set of fall cookie cutters that we can use all season long; the two leaves and pumpkin are here
- Finally, I included some dough tools items for extra fun.
- Picked up shiny new set of fall window clings at the dollar store (where else?)
- Came up with a new idea of how to give them to him: I took them off the sheet they came on and stuck them to a —-pocket. Now I could hang this on the side of his school.
- (D said rather than put them on a window, E just took them on an off the pocket!
- Simply a favorite book from a hand-me-down set of seasonal books we enjoy as the seasons change!
- I used the Syllable Count and Clip cards from the Fall Pack by This Reading Mama
- Instead of syllables, I chose a few cards with 1, 2, or 3 items on them to let E match the clip to the number of items
- (We haven’t done this much so I want him to gain some confidence in the task.)
- This is from the Fall Pack by This Reading Mama – thank you!
- Love this one! Cut strips and then he can cut the dotted lines for individual squares.
- Inspiration for this bin comes from Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails — thank you!
- While I love all the thigns in there I went simple, just using three packs of sunflower seeds, plus a pitcher and two baskets.
- (I have a pumpkin bin next week!)
- From a project of mine from maybe 10 years ago, I have this rather ornate and complex Martha Stewart Crafts Leaf Stamp And Punch Set!
- I gave him five colors of thin cardstock to match an upcoming tot pack activity.
- Punch the leaves!!
- (The lever actually makes it much easier for E to operate!)
- Here is another activity via This Reading Mama!
- We first did the punching activity. Then, we laid these out on the floor and let E put his punched leaves under the right color
- We had fun tracing all the lowercase letters with our fingers, too!
Remember all that Curious George theme uncertainty? Gone. I can’t base a theory of one event but it’s impossible not to think that he just didn’t believe that was his school!
So we did have a bit of a grand slam of a theme here with our Fall Tot Trays. Tons and tons of fun! He absolutely loved that cutting. It’s simple, but he felt so accomplished handing us a pile of neatly trimmed and even cards!
Linked up over at 1+1+1=1’s Tot School Gathering Place, Motivation Monday, Motivational Monday, The Homeschool Nook, Turn it Up Tuesdays, Tuesday Talk, Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, Shine Blog Hop, Small Victories Sunday, and Social Butterfly Sunday!