Fall is such an exciting time in the early childhood classroom. The students are (finally!) settled into a decent classroom routine. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and everything is available in pumpkin flavor. It's the perfect season!
If you're like me, you're always on the lookout for fun, easy and free printables to enrich your classroom lessons. The search stops here! I've rounded up a ton of fantastic free activities that are developmentally appropriate for our youngest students. Enjoy!
These mats provide the sensory experience that young children crave while they practice important skills. (from Playdough to Plato)
If you're looking for the perfect play dough to make with these apple mats, check out this apple cinnamon dough recipe. It smells soooo good!!
Word walls are critical to our young students' writing development. Post these fall words on a pocket chart, on your word wall, or on rings for easy reference. (from Pocketful of Centers)
Visual Discrimination is a pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-math skill. Look for similarities and differences while finding the perfect match with this candy folder game. (from Play to Learn Preschool)
Grab a bag of candy corn and use the pieces to create letters and practice simple counting. Who can pass up a candy corn center?! (from This Reading Mama)
We love to sing the "5 Little Pumpkins" rhyme in class and this year we will also read the new Pete the Cat version of the poem! As a special treat, print off these bag toppers and send home 5 little pumpkins with each student. Have them retell the poem before enjoying the treat! (from BalancingHome.com)
Practice counting and number identification to 12 with this easy printable folder game. (from Play to Learn Preschool)
Print these little books to help your children develop concept of word and learn new sight words. (from The Measured Mom)
Here's another printable book that will help young children learn the color words, in addition to a few basic sight words. (from Mrs. Jones' Creation Station)
Farmer Brown has Five Red Apples, and you can have these free printables to use with the song! (from Stay at Home Educator)
Print these matching cards (with real photos) to use as a concentration game or at the science center. (from PreKinders)
Perfect for that last week of October when Halloween is the only thing our little ones can think about! (from KinderCraze)
Target carries "spooky shapes" fruit snacks that are perfect for graphing, sorting and adding. Print your free activities to use with them. (from Crayons and Cuties in Kindergarten)
Enjoy the season and please pop over to visit me at Play to Learn Preschool.