22 Engaging And Fun Fall Activities For Toddlers

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Fall brings with itself a flurry of change. It is the time of crisp air, colorful leaves, and pumpkins. You are more likely to spend more time indoors than outdoors to prevent your toddler from catching a chill in the sharp wind.

However, staying indoors comes with its unique advantages. You would rather want to engage in fun activities with your children. Did you know, every falling leaf is an idea for a new activity.

Ready to try these fall activities for toddlers and preschoolers? From making pumpkin pie to leaf crafts, you will find everything here.

1. Leaf matching game

In this simple leaf matching game, toddlers have to match shapes using leaves traced on a sheet.

You will need:

  • Leaves
  • Marker
  • Butcher paper
  • Tape

Instructions:

  • Trace the shape of each leaf on the butcher paper and then keep the leaves aside.
  • Lay out the paper on the floor and secure it with tape.
  • The children have to place each leaf in its right shape.

2. Fall leaf activity

This activity gives your children the opportunity to use their imagination and create a masterpiece.

You will need:

  • Fall leaves
  • Tempera paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint tray
  • Glue

Instructions:

  • Give the children the fall leaves, paints and brushes, and glue.
  • Now let them use their imagination, use the given tools, and design a masterpiece.

3. Fall music

Let the rustles and crunches of the fall leaves turn into music to your toddler’s ears.

You will need:

  • Fallen leaves
  • Bucket
  • Large container

Instructions:

  • Put the leaves in the bucket and let the child hold it firmly.
  • The children can make different sounds with the leaves.
  • Put some leaves in a bigger container.
  • Now let the children dance on the leaves.

4. Playdough autumn tree

This is an easy activity that your toddler may enjoy doing.

You will need:

  • Brown playdough
  • Fallen leaves (you can also use faux leaves)

Instructions:

  • Let your children walk around your backyard or block and collect the leaves.
  • Use playdough to make a long, thick cylinder replicating the trunk of a tree.
  • Make branches out of the playdough and attach them to the “trunk.”
  • Now attach these leaves to the branches, resembling a tree.

5. Leaf faces

This fall activity requires a little preparation.

You will need:

  • Fallen leaves
  • Marker

Instructions:

  • Draw emojis on each leaf.
  • Let your child recognize these emotions and tell them out aloud.
  • They can also draw their custom-made leaf emojis.

6. Fall leaf craft

This is another fall leaf activity that can engage your little ones.

You will need:

  • Fall leaves
  • White construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue stick

Instructions:

  • Draw the outline of a tree on the construction paper.
  • Apply glue to the leaves and stick them on the paper over the tree.

7. Marble painting

Try this fun fall activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

You will need:

  • Few marbles
  • Sheets of paper
  • Acrylic paints in fall colors
  • Tray
  • Tape

Instructions:

  • Paste a sheet of paper on the tray and secure it with tape.
  • Squeeze out some paints directly onto the paper.
  • Put in the marbles and let the children shake the tray.
  • Once they are done, remove the paper and let the paint dry.

8. Apple tree

You cannot experience fall without including apples in your activities.

You will need:

  • Construction papers in brown, dark green, and light green colors
  • Red tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Pencil

Instructions:

  • Trace the shape of a tree’s trunk with branches on the brown paper. Cut the shape out.
  • Paste it on the white paper.
  • Cut out leaves using green sheets of paper.
  • Now, cut the red tissue paper, scrunch the little pieces, and stick them to the tree.

9. Leaf math activity

Nature is a powerful teacher, and there is so much your child can learn from her.

You will need:

Instructions:

  • Go on a nature walk and collect leaves of different types.
  • Using these leaves, you can perform various math activities such as comparing the leaves, arranging by shape or color, counting the leaves, and so on.

10. Apple or pumpkin painting

Apples and pumpkins are ideal for painting during the fall season.

You will need:

  • Tempera paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Apples or pumpkins

Instructions:

  • Give your children some colors and brushes.
  • Let them paint the apples or pumpkins in colors of their choice.

11. No-bake mini pumpkin pies

These no-bake mini pumpkin pies are toddler-approved!.

You will need:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Heavy cream
  • Eggs
  • Cream of tartar
  • Sugar
  • Cream cheese
  • Vanilla
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Ginger cookies
  • Graham crackers

Instructions:

  • Take the puree in a bowl and add brown sugar, cinnamon, and heavy cream to it. Mix them well.
  • Mix the egg whites, cream of tartar, and sugar in a bowl and cook the mixture in a double boiler until the sugar dissolves.
  • Whip the mixture until stiff.
  • Now, combine the cream cheese and vanilla until the batter is smooth.
  • Melt the marshmallows and add it to this mixture.
  • Add the meringue to the marshmallow mixture in batches and fold.
  • Refrigerate for an hour to let it set.
  • Crumble the Graham crackers and ginger cookies together to make the crust mixture.
  • Take a jar or a glass. Add 2 tbsp of crust to the bottom. Then add 2 tbsp of pumpkin pie mixture followed by 2 tbsp of the meringue mixture.
  • Repeat the layers at least twice.
  • Sprinkle the remaining crust on the top and serve. You can refrigerate and serve them at a later time.

12. Leaf monster

Make the funniest and most colorful monsters out of fall leaves.

You will need:

  • Leaves
  • Paints
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions:

  • Paint the leaves in colors of your choice.

  • Stick googly eyes on them to make some cute monsters.

13. Roasting pumpkin seeds

You can dry and roast pumpkin seeds for this sensory fall activity with children.

You will need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Knife
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Colander

Instructions:

  • Cut a pumpkin open and scoop out all the seeds.
  • Rinse the seeds thoroughly under running water.
  • Soak these seeds in salt water for 8-24 hours.
  • Drain and dry the seeds completely.
  • Pop them into the oven at 350 degrees or roast them in a skillet over a stove.

14. Pinecone painting

This pinecone painting activity is sure to intrigue your little artist.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Tempera paint
  • Droppers
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions:

  • Give your child some paints and pinecones.
  • Let them use paintbrushes and droppers to paint the pinecones in the colors of their choice.

15. Rolling acorn painting

This activity is similar to marble painting but with acorns.

You will need:

  • Sheet of paper
  • Tray
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Paints
  • Acorns

Instructions:

  • Draw a big acorn on the sheet of paper and stick it to the tray.
  • Dip the acorns in different paints and put them on the tray.
  • Now, tilt the tray to set these acorns rolling over the paper.

16. Leaf threading

Leaf threading is one of the best ways to improve a toddler’s fine motor skills.

You will need:

  • Leaves
  • Stick or twig
  • Bucket

Instructions:

  • Let the children roam in your backyard and collect leaves in a bucket.
  • Thread the leaves through a stick or twig.

17. Footprint turkey painting

Thanksgiving is another exciting time when you can try fall activities with your little one.

You will need:

  • Paints in brown, red, and orange colors
  • Tray
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sheet of paper
  • Feathers (real or fake)
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue dots

Instructions:

  • Pour some brown paint on the tray.
  • Have your child dip their foot in the paint and imprint on a sheet of paper.
  • After the paint dries, stick the googly eyes on the heel part of the print.
  • Paint the orange beak and the red wattle.
  • Stick the feathers on the outside and around the heel.

18. Pumpkin ring toss

This activity can help your child improve their hand-eye coordination.

You will need:

  • Pumpkins in different sizes
  • Sheets of paper
  • Glue
  • Stickers, marker, other decorative items

Instructions:

  • Decorate the sheets of paper in any way they want.
  • Cut 2-inch-wide strips from the sheets and stick the ends together, forming rings.
  • Place the pumpkins on a table with the stem on top.
  • Let the children stand at a distance and toss the paper rings on the pumpkins.

19. Harvest sensory bin

As toddlers enjoy exploring, this activity will be an instant hit with them.

You will need:

  • Plastic bin with lid
  • Dry corn
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mini tongs
  • Cloth leaves
  • Acorns
  • Pinecones

Instructions:

  • Pour the dry corn into a plastic bin.
  • Put in some cloth leaves, acorns, and pinecones in the bin and shake it well so that the items are buried.
  • Let the children scoop out the corn with their hands and find the hidden items.

20. Apple printing

Let’s get messy enjoying this activity.

You will need:

  • Apples
  • Sheets of paper
  • Paints
  • Paper plates
  • Knife

Instructions:

  • Pour paints on different plates.
  • Cut the apples in half.
  • Dip the cut surface of the apple in the paint and print on the paper.
  • You can also cut the apples in various shapes to make it more creative.

21. Froot loops trees

If you have some leftover Froot loops, you can use them to make colorful trees.

You will need:

  • Froot loops
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  • Cut the white paper in the shapes of leaves and branches. Now, attach these branches to one end of the toilet paper roll.
  • Hang the Froot loops from the branches, resembling fruits.

22. Fall tree matching

This is a simple activity you can do in the fall season with your children.

You will need:

  • Sheet of paper
  • Marker
  • Leaves

Instructions:

  • Draw a tree on paper and write letters on the end of the branches.
  • Write the same letters on the leaves.
  • Let your child place the leaves next to the corresponding letter on the tree.

Learning about seasons helps children comprehend how time and nature work. Fall is a delightful and beautiful season for one and all. Planning and executing some interesting fall activities can help your toddler get closer to nature while having fun. Moreover, since the weather during fall is cold, these activities can get your child outdoor and prevent boredom. You can indulge in these activities as a family and craft some beautiful memories. Do not forget to click pictures while doing these activities to cherish in the future.

Infographic: More Fall/Autumn Activities To Try With Toddlers

Teaching your toddlers about the seasons can be an exciting task. Autumn, in particular, can be exciting for toddlers as they witness leaves fall. In this infographic, we bring you some creative and sensory fall/autumn activities to explore the wonders of this season with your toddler.

Illustration: MomJunction Design Team

Key Pointers

  • To teach your child more about the fall season, try activities with leaves, such as leaf matching games and fall music with leaves.
  • Creating a playdough autumn tree with fallen leaves can be fun and inspire kids to be creative.
  • Crafts with fall leaves, pumpkins, and pinecones can also be entertaining and informative.

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Nisha Bharatan

Nisha Bharatan is a freelance writer with experience in writing health and finance content for various Indian and international clients. After completing her engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University, she did content marketing courses to complement her interest in writing. Nisha writes articles centered around kids’ development, their activities, crafts, games, and fun elements that keep children and families entertained…. more

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