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 sunflowers, spiders, squirrels and acorns, owls, and pumpkins. We used the same themes for both our toddlers and preschoolers, but removed the smaller pieces for the toddlers. Both ages enjoyed the hands-on environment.
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Preschool Science Ideas for Fall
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.
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.
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.
Want to see how we set up our science table throughout the school year?
You can find more activities on my science board.