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5 Fun Montessori Fall Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Fall is the time of year when the air cools and colors abound. From hikes in the park to see the beautiful changing leaves, to apple festivals, to lighting that first fire in the fireplace, there's so much to love about fall.

Another wonderful thing about fall is the Montessori activities I get to do with my kids. There is so much sensorial exploration to be experienced.

I have put together a list of 5 fun and easy Montessori Fall activities that your kids will love.

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5 fun and sensorial Montessori fall activities

1. Spice Painting

What you'll need:

This is a great activity for budding artists and little chefs! We found a few pinecones in our yard, mixed some yummy smelling spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves) in some fall colors, and PRESTO – A delicious-smelling, Montessori-inspired fall activity.

During our pinecone hunting adventure, we discovered lots of different colored leaves and had the chance to talk about the change in seasons.

Picking out which spices to mix with our paints was a big hit with my daughter. This is one of my favorite Montessori-inspired fall sensorial activities.

spice painting Montessori Fall activity set up.

2. Leaf Rubbing

What you'll need:

There is a lot to love about this activity. Collecting the leaves from outside was a whole lot of fun.

My 3-year-old and I took a book with us to help us identify what type of tree each leaf came from.

We got a chance to talk about the changing of the seasons and why leaves change colors, as well as to just appreciate the beauty of the autumn leaves.

I laminated the leaves to use again and to prevent them from shredding under the pressure of the crayon, though you don't have to, and then we picked some warm fall colors for rubbing.

My daughter really enjoyed this one. A 3-period lesson using leaf margin 3-part cards is a great adjunct activity for this, as well.

leaf rubbing Fall activity set up for Montessori.

3. Leaf Threading

What you'll need:

This is a really fun and challenging activity. Threading is a great pre-sewing activity that encourages the development of hand-eye coordination, pincer grasp, and is great for building concentration!

I punched holes in the leaves to make things a bit easier. Just cut a short length of twine and a tiny twig makes the perfect “needle”.

Take a walk through the park or in your yard and have your child pick out the leaves.

4. Clove Punching

What you'll need:

This was a lot of fun and the house smelled so yummy afterward. My daughter had some difficulty pushing the cloves in, so I pre-punched the holes for her.

Some children will have a much easier time doing this than others. Afterward, we took our apples to the stove and heated them up in some water, and added a little cinnamon. (optional)

We got to learn some descriptive language about scents and also learned about wafting/safety. This is an excellent fall fine-motor activity.

5. Apple Painting

What you'll need:

For this Montessori-inspired fall activity, you simply slice the apple in half and demonstrate for your child how to dip the apple half in the paint and place it on the paper – easy.

There is a lot of learning that can go along with this activity. When you cut the apple in half, you may want to talk about the parts of the apple and the life cycle of an apple tree.

Again, a 3-period lesson using these Apple Tree Life Cycle 3-part cards goes well with this activity.

Then, when you press the apple onto the paper, you might point out that the colored impression made on the paper matches the shape of the halved apple.

You could even give a lesson on mixing primary colors to make secondary colors with the paints!

Or you could just set the activity up and let your child have at it, creating beautiful artwork, all their own. Process art is perfectly Montessori aligned.

My kids had a blast and they were so happy to show off their artwork to me when they were finished.

I hope you and your children enjoy these fun Montessori fall activities as much as we did.

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