Need some simple Fall activities for preschoolers? Enjoy fall themed crafts, snacks, songs, and learning activities after reading “Leaves” by David Ezra Stein. Click through for details. Can you believe the summer is ending? I am always sad to see the end of the long days of summer, but I love fall. How about you? My boys always enjoyed the season. There were piles of leaves to enjoy, apple picking and the last campfires of the season.
There is always time for one last smore!
This month we have an adorable book that is perfect for this time of year. Leaves by David Ezra Stein.
LEAVES: A SIMPLE STORY TO ENJOY WITH YOUR CHILD
On a tiny island lives a young bear. Everything is going well until he finds a leaf on the ground. To his horror, the leaves begin to fall all over his island. He tries to catch the leaves and stick them back on the tree, but it just doesn’t work. Before long, the bear starts to feel sleepy and finds a hole for winter. The story ends with the arrival of spring and bear awakes to fresh new leaves on the tree.
Simple text and soft watercolors explain seasonal change and hibernation beautifully. This is the prefect book for younger children. There is very little text on each page, so it works for wriggly preschoolers who want to turn the pages quickly. I love the details in the pictures. The flock of geese flying south, the puff of the foxes breathe in the cold winter, and the animal tracks in the snow.
The story is very sweet and the whimsical illustrations are gorgeous. The little bear has the appeal of a well loved teddy. Children will enjoy seeing the seasons through the eyes of a sweet character who is seeing the wonders of nature for the first time. It is a great way to introduce young children to the changing seasons.
This is a wonderful book to share with a young child.
AS YOU READ THE STORY
Take your time with this book. Let your child enjoy the pictures and ask questions to encourage them to look closely at the pictures.
- What do you think it is like to live on the Island.
- Where would you like to go on this island?
- What color are the leaves?
- What animals do you see?
- How do you think bear is feeling? (At various points in the story)
The bear shows a variety of emotions throughout the story. Choose one or two pictures and invite your child to copy what the bear is doing. Join in and talk about similar feelings.
- Tell me about a time when you felt sad/happy/worried?
- What kinds of things might make you feel sad/happy/worried
AFTER THE STORY
Enjoy some finger plays and songs
The Leaves on the tree Are Falling down (tune: The Wheels on the Bus)The leaves on the trees turn yellow and red yellow and red, yellow and red. The leaves of the trees turn yellow and red All through the town. The leaves of the trees come tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down. The leaves of the trees come tumbling down, All through the town. The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch All through the town.
Falling Leaves (Fun 4 Kids)
Enjoy some more books about Fall
Have a fun fall snack
Fall is harvest time, so any of the fresh vegetables and fruits would make the prefect snack. Want something a little sweet and special? Try these 5 super easy fall snacks
Enjoy some Fall Activities For Preschoolers
Of course one of the best activities is to go outside when the leaves start falling.
- Pile leaves in a heap for jumping.
- Try and catch a leaf as it is falling from the tree.
- Use fallen leaves to make Land Art
- Make roadways with leaves
- Cover the bottom of a slide with a huge heap of leaves. Now slide through them!
Here are some indoor activities to enjoy when the weather isn’t quite a nice.
- Make some Fall scented playdough
- Fall themed activities for kids
- Apple counting playdough mats
- Hibernation Activities For Preschoolers
- 15 Awesome Fall Leaf Activities and Crafts Your Kids Will Love
Have you enjoyed any Fall activities for preschoolers? What is your favorite so far? Leave a comment below.