Inside: Creating preschool fall science activities can be easy when thinking about nature and what’s living around us outdoors. Here are some fun hands-on ideas that young children love!
We love exploring science in the fall! Well, we love exploring science all year…but there is something special about fall. At least where I live! And so, putting together preschool science ideas for fall is pretty easy. We take a look at what’s going on in nature and plan around it.
This year we explored:
🐿 Squirrels and Acorns
Explore Nature with these Preschool Fall Science Activities
We have a small round table in our classroom that we use for science and exploration. I love using plexiglass page holders to display pictures and text. By propping them vertically, they create a nice invitation for our children, plus they don’t take up as much space on the table.
You can see our full year’s worth of tables here: How to Set Up. your Preschool Science Center
If you are short on space and don’t have room for a table, try using the top of a short shelf. You can see how we did that here: How to Set Up a Preschool Science Area in a Small Space
Every September we explore sunflowers. We ask around who might have some mammoth sunflowers that are ready to be harvested. We then place them on our science table, along with tweezers to pull out the seeds.
Sometimes our families donate the harvested sunflowers that we planted in the spring.
Related post: Growing Sunflowers in the Classroom
You can see how we set up our classroom for the spider theme in this video:
Spiders are all around us, especially in the fall when we find them all over our outdoor play area. We love to explore their webs, looking to see if the spider is still attached.
Our spider science table included plush toy spiders, spider fact books, and a spider discovery bottle.
I created a pretend spider web across the window above our science table and added some spider rings. We also enjoyed a spider counting craft at the art table.
Free printable spider counting cards!
Download and print these cards to add to your spider theme:
More spider activities: 15+ Spider Activities Your Preschoolers Will Love
In September and October we see a couple of squirrels above our outdoor play area, most often carrying nuts in their mouths. I created a science table that included our beloved tree blocks, acorns, and some squirrel books.
You can see more of this in my squirrels and acorns science post.
While talking about animals that are awake during the night, we included owls at our science table.
After reading books about owls, we made a flying owl craft to put on our bulletin board.
More owl activities: 15 Hands-On Preschool Owl Activities
Download this free pumpkin printable to use with your pumpkin theme:
Check out our favorite science toys and materials:
More science for toddlers and preschoolers:
- 10 Toddler Science Activities that are Full of Fun
- 7 Preschool Science Experiments that Explore Gravity
- 16 Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers
- 15 Rainbow Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
You can find more activities on my science board.
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24 preschool learning activities for your fall theme, including literacy, math, science, art, fine motor, and more! A great resource for teachers and homeschoolers.
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