That days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to celebrate fall in your classroom with some fabulous fall activities perfect for elementary students!
Fall Activities for Elementary Students
We put together some easy fall crafts and other fall activities for kids that pack in sensory play, motor skill development, and more to get the most out of autumn. From poetry for upper elementary students to science lessons, we’ve packed in plenty of educational moments with a seasonal flair.
Take an Adventure Walk
Take advantage of the beautiful cooler weather and the color of the season with your class. It could be something as simple as a stroll around the school, or a planned field trip to a local wooded area or farm. If you’re wondering what else to do on your walk, take a look at our Free Nature Scavenger Hunt!
Fall Leaf Observation Activity
Gather some golden fall leaves and examine them! You may wish to have your students sketch their leaves, or print these sketches from the Woodland Themed Activity Pack and cut them out. The leaf name pages are part of our Fall Leaves Classroom Pack.
Collect some specimens that may be used for observing, sketching, prompting writing, and making crafts! Pine cones, leaves, sticks, and photographs may come in handy!
Bucket List of Fall Activities
This fall activities bucket list is a fun way to display activities you’ve planned to complete with your class. Write the activities onto colored Popsicle sticks, and display in a bucket or tin. Allow students to pull one on Fridays or during down times.
Once your fall activities are decided upon, you could package up the materials needed for each one as kits, set them aside, then have a student draw out a stick to decide the activity of the day!
Sensory Fall Activities for Younger Kids
Crunchy leaves, delicious baking aromas, cool breezes, and colorful hues as far as the eye can see: Fall is a sensory delight! If you’ve got students who love to explore in a hands-on way, a tray table full of fallen leaves can be used in several ways:
- with letter magnets as a scoop and sort (letter-sound practice)
- with marbles or shiny stones and tongs (fine-motor capability)
- using a mix of leaves and other materials (felt scraps, paper, tissues, crepe paper) and asking students to close their eyes and only remove one type of material(sensory processing).
Make Fall Play Dough
The possibilities are endless with a tray table!
Playdough is another kindergarten favorite at any time of the year, and you’ll love these fall-inspired recipes! Beware: these variations are so delicious that some young ones might find them hard to resist! We’ve all had one or two students who require some extra close supervision around the playdough station!
Kids love playdough and so do we! If you’re looking for some new ways to use playdough in your classroom this fall, read up on 10 Ways to Use Playdough in the Classroom.
Apple Pinch Pots
A fresh take on an old favorite, this fall activity requires the maker to squash a perfectly round pinch pot at the top and the bottom, forming the shape of half an apple. Once dry, the clay is painted with acrylic paint and sealed with a lacquer (or even PVA glue) for a shiny gloss. They make cute little keepsakes, teacher or parent gifts, and places for children to store special tiny things.
Friendly Fall Scarecrow Activity
All you’ll need to make this guy is 12 Popsicle sticks, some orange paint, craft glue, some felt for a nose, and some decorations for eyes (we used wooden beads but googly eyes would work, too!). Nine of the sticks are simply lined up, and reinforced with two horizontally glued sticks on the back of the scarecrow. The top portion of the sticks is painted orange, forming the hat, and another pop stick is painted and glued along the front of the hat, making the brim! Add some straw hair and glue on some eyes and your scarecrow is done!
Poetry – The Falling Leaves Fall Activities
Whether you’re teaching a poetry unit in class at the moment, or just after a lovely fall literacy activity, The Falling Leaves is a great poem to explore. We have a great comprehension activity on interpreting figurative language ready to go!
The poetic device of alliteration can be very effective when understood and applied by students. Help them on their way with this amazing alliteration activity (see what I did there?), connected to The Falling Leaves.
Pine Cone Foxes
These little forest critters are a great activity for a fall crafternoon. You’ll just need some pine cones, colored felt, some strong craft glue, and one of our Fox Craft Templates!
Fall is the perfect time of year to appreciate everything that’s great about our lives! Our blog Beautiful Gratitude Activities for Kids offers several lovely ideas for helping students develop an attitude of gratitude.
This Gratitude Tree visually displays students’ ideas and offerings of what they are grateful for. Download our Gratitude Leaf Template to get started!
Favorite Fall Food Bar Graph
Our Fall Leaves Classroom Pack is also full of stunning leafy displays and useful charts. Here, the Fall Leaves Class List has been adapted to become a bar graph, charting students’ favorite fall foods for a math activity:
The pack also contains board borders, page borders (great for writing activities!), a hundreds chart, organizational charts and student rewards – perfect for fall activities!