Cinnamon Play-Dough: I found a no-bake recipe here that I thought I'd try with the kids. It's nice to be able to make the dough in class and not have to worry about using a stove.
We had a great time mixing up the dough together and we've enjoyed playing with it; adding fall leaves to the mix.
Leaf Exploration: I placed leaves on the table for students to explore, adding magnifying glasses to get a close-up view. I also placed crayons and paper at the table so we could make leaf rubbings.
Leaf Graph: We were working on comparison activities in class so I used our leaves to introduce the concept of a graph (also a great sorting and color review activity!).
Leaf Crowns: We made crowns (inspired by childhood101.com), practicing making dots with our glue and not puddles (we were semi-successful- I had more dots than puddles : ).
Finger Paint Leaves: This is my favorite fall project because they turn out so pretty! I trace leaf patterns onto finger paint paper and offer the kiddos their choice of fall colors to paint with (this year we used red, yellow, and green) I think all my students chose all of the colors but each leaf turns out different! After they are dry I cut them out and hang them in my window for the rest of the season.
Our Little Pumpkin Patch: Outside of our playhouse I make a little pumpkin patch for us to play in. I put brown fabric on the floor, cut out "vines" from construction paper, add garden tools and mini pumpkins and gourds.
We have a great time picking the pumpkins and then taking them into the house to "cook" with or decorate.
Pumpkin Match: (inspired by teachers.net) I love the idea of playing the game backwards - start with the matching pictures facing up, find the match, then flip over the card to find the pumpkin - great for younger preschoolers.