Focus your family fun with one of these fall preschool activities. Let your little one bake alongside you. Or collect lots of fall items to explore.

Pumpkin play-dough

Here is a recipe for making homemade pumpkin pie scented play dough. This fall preschool activity recipe might become a family tradition.

If kept in a sealed, air-tight Ziploc bag, this recipe will keep for at least a week or two.


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
6 drops red food coloring
15 drops of yellow food coloring


Combine dry ingredients in a non-stick pan. Add oil, water, food coloring and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a ball. Turn onto counter, let cool slightly, knead until smooth.
***Note: Please make sure children are aware that regardless of its name, this play dough is NOT for eating!***

Fall sensory tubs

Materials needed:

  • An assortment of Fall items (i.e. apples, fall leaves – silk, plastic, and/or real)
  • Nuts (only if no allergies)
  • Pumpkins (miniature or plastic)
  • Assorted gourds)
  • Large plastic bin or drawer
  • bowls for sorting
  • Tongs/spoons/tweezers
  • Magnifying glasses.

For this fall preschool activity, Let your child explore the items as you assemble the sensory bin. Let them feel the different textures, see the variety of colors, smell the aromas, and listen for how each of the items sound as they are placed in the tubs.

Leave the tubs out and let your child explore on their own or with magnifying glasses. Set bowls out so that he or she can use different utensils to sort the items. Sort the items according to varying characteristics: bumpy, smooth, shiny, dull, smell/no smell, alike, different, etc.

Fall Nature Collage

Materials needed:

  • Small bags to collect items (such as a lunch bag or plastic grocery bag)—one per child
  • Miscellaneous items found in nature
  • Contact paper,
  • Scissors

First take your children on a nature walk around your house or neighborhood to collect miscellaneous items such as leaves, acorns, seeds, flowers, small twigs, etc. Children can collect the items they find in the small bags you choose to use.

After collecting different items, together you can set out a large piece of contact paper so that the sticky side is laying face up. You can take turns placing some (or all) of their nature items on the sticky side of the contact paper.

When finished you can either hang up the contact paper for your family to view and touch or if it is too heavy, you can lay it on the floor where it will not get stepped on. Children will enjoy looking at and touching the different textures and objects found on their walk.

Fall preschool activities prepare fun for the changing season.

Thank you to The Preschool Tool Box for sharing this selection of activities from their Fall Thematic Unit.