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Fall Scavenger Hunt Freebies

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Here in the midwest - autumn has arrived!
We are gearing up for our Fall Fruit and Autumn themes - some of my personal favs!

One of our favorite activities at the start of fall is to head outside on a hunt for all things Autumn.  The children LOVE this scavenger hunt and what better way to introduce children to the aspects of fall than finding them in nature?!


We place our Fall Scavenger Hunt checklist on a clipboard, grab our golf pencils and jackets and head out the door!  We are all feeling very official with our clipboards as we explore to find the fall elements on the list.  The squirrel is always the one thing on the list we struggle to find.  Turns out squirrels run away from super excited fall hunting preschoolers - who knew ;)

Once we have found everything on the list, I have students find several of their favorite fallen leaves to take inside.  They clip the leaves onto their clipboard.

Now that we are inside, we create leaf rubbings by placing the leaf under a piece of paper and rub a naked crayon over them.  You can really see the veins in the leaves - very cool to see and talk about.

Then, I take those leaf rubbings and bind them into a book, using the 'Our Leaf Rubbings Book' cover.  I put it in our classroom library and let children explore the rubbings at the literacy center during center time!

This is such a beloved activity in our classroom, so I wanted you to share the printables needed with you, so you and your kiddos can enjoy it too!
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Get your own copy of the Fall Scavenger Hunt and the Leaf Rubbings book cover for free!

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Autumn Preschool Activities

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Activities and ideas for an Autumn Theme in your preschool, pre-k or kindergarten classroom:

Literacy Autumn Themed Preschool Activities

  1. Sequencing fun fall stories like 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves'or 'Run Turkey Run' (links at the end of this post).
  2. Creating a Class Book about being a Scarecrow.  "Scarecrow, Scarecrow, scary as can be! You scared a ____________, but you can't scare me!". Fill in something the scarecrow scared and draw a picture of it.
  3. Go on a Fall Scavenger Hunt.  Write names of fall items to find and draw a picture next to them.  Can you find all the items on your list when you go hunting outside?
  4. Labeling a scarecrow: bring a scarecrow into class. Work as a group to listen for the beginning sounds of the parts of the scarecrow. For example, his hat starts with the 'h' sound.  Write an 'H' on a sticky note and stick it to his hat.
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art autumn themed preschool activities

  1. Paint with leaves that you found on a leaf hunt (after reading the book 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt').
  2. Create a leaf man out of real leaves and use markers and googly eyes to embellish after reading the story 'Leaf Man'.
  3. Paint with pumpkin pie spice scented paint.  Just mix a little pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon into some orange paint.
  4. Create clay turkeys using brown clay, googly eyes, fake feathers and orange pipe cleaners for the feet and beak.
  5. Do some leaf rubbings - traditional, yet fun!
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math autumn themed preschool activities

  1. Sort leaves (real or fake) by shape and/or color.
  2. Using a balance scale weigh pumpkins and compare the weights (could use gourds and acorns too).
  3. Count acorns to practice 1-1 correspondence.
  4. Do some oral sound patterns.  Gobble quiet, gobble loud, gobble quiet, gobble loud - creating a sound pattern.
  5. Play a Turkey Race game using a die, number line to 20 and two clothespins decorated as turkeys. In this two player game- each child gets a turkey. He or she rolls the dice and moves his/her turkey that many numerals on the board (starting at 1). When it is the players turn again, he or she rolls the die and move that many spaces from where he last landed.  Who can make it to 20 first?
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autumn themed sensory tub

Create a fun sensory bin ready for little working hands by combining dry beans of different types and fake feathers.  Add scoops, ice cube trays, funnels and measuring cups and watch the magic unfold!

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Our Favorite Autumn preschool Books

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas

I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro

Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert


Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by
Margaret Sutherland


Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler


Run Turkey Run by Diane Mayr

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