Last month was filled with lots of fun Autumn Preschool Activities. Autumn is probably my favourite season of all. I love the cooler mornings and evenings, but the sun still shines warm during the day and often a day at the beach is not out of the question! We have a couple of deciduous trees in our backyard and as their leaves change colours and fall to the ground, the children are inspired to explore them and inquire about the changes they see.
Autumn Preschool Activities – The Hundred Languages of Children
Children have many ways to discover, communicate and learn. At Playful Matters we provide activities that use a wide variety of art media, including different paints, sensory play, clay, drawing and collage. Children are free to express themselves in a wide medium of ways including drawing, sculpture, dramatic play, and writing.
This month the children explored using autumn leaves and ink spray to create a silhouette of our leaves. Explored spraying inks on a vertical surface to create drip paintings. Used twigs and leaves to create photo frame wreaths for our Belonging Tree and expressed our own creativity through a gluing collage.
At the easels the children used spray bottles filled with coloured ink. Squeezing the trigger helps build up finger muscles to get ready for writing. The activity encourages listening to and following simple directions, creative expression, recognising and naming colours and discovery.
The Gluing tray encourages children’s creative self-expression, recognising and naming colours, sensory exploration, fine motor development, experimentation and investigation, sequencing, patterns, counting, sorting and classifying.
Autumn Preschool Activities – Sensory Play
Many of the activities we engage in at Playful Matters are sensory. Sensory activities encourage exploration and inquiry, and preschool children love to learn things through using their senses.
We had two fun sensory bins in the last month of Autumn, Autumn Harvest and Apple Pie cloud dough.
Autumn Harvest was filled with green split peas and a few handfuls of coloured apple buttons I found on eBay.
Apple Pie Cloud Dough combined our cloud dough recipe (vegetable oil instead of coconut oil this time) with a large bag of cinnamon, cinnamon sticks and coloured apple buttons. I was curious to see what they would do with the loose parts. Other things were added to the cloud dough by the children, such as pop sticks and our sea creatures. One of our little friends likes to bury his objects of interest in our sensory bins, I am yet to discover his thinking on this…
Play dough is offered everyday as a table activity. It is such an important material for children, readily available/made and encourages wonderful creative thought and play. We had two fun play dough tubs during our Autumn month, Apple Crumble play dough and Pumpkin Pie play dough.
Apple Crumble play dough is homemade using our favourite Thermomix recipe. I added red food colouring and cinnamon for a gorgeous scent. The children were offered a loose parts tray of coloured apple buttons, sequin leaves and several tree play dough mats.
Pumpkin Pie play dough is homemade, with orange food colouring and nutmeg. The loose parts tray offered twigs, craft sticks and native seed pods.
We also made ornaments using a gorgeous salt dough recipe from Whole Family Rhythms.
Our first Montessori Sensorial activity was an introduction to the Pink Tower and presentation of the tower horizontally on the floor.
Autumn Preschool Activities – Practical Life
Whole hand transfer of felt balls.
Taking care of our environment – Washing up station
Taking care of our environment – watering garden plants
Grace and courtesy – water pouring
Baking Sausage Rolls
Autumn Preschool Activities – Imaginative Play
Autumn Preschool Activities – Language and Mathematics
Using items from our construction area several of the children used shapes to create a pathway. The children used problem solving skills, language to share their ideas with one another and to tell what they are doing. This resulted in an opportunity for me to discuss shapes, explore patterns, identify colours and compare small, medium and large objects.
Turning pages in a book
Throughout our Autumn Preschool activities we have played, explored, discovered and created! The children are happy, creative, imaginative and are practicing independence in this wonderful play-based learning environment! I can’t wait to see what we get up to next!