Pumpkins, spiders, leaves, and tractors…Today I’m sharing ten of our favorite, hands-on, October Preschool activities for kids. Let’s go!
October Fine Motor Activities
Checking off more of our Things Your Preschooler Can Learn at Home List, I put together this October Preschool Activities binder. Every activity is, of course, October-themed but is also educational, hands-on, fun, and low-prep.
As a highlight real, this activity pack teaches letter and number recognition, counting 1-20, ten frame, domino numbers, shapes/shape words, colors/color words, alphabet sounds, beginning sounds, rhyming, patterns, prewriting, and more.
Let’s take a look at each one.
1. Alphabet Pumpkins
This Alphabet Pumpkins game is designed to get preschoolers recognizing their letters. Using cubes, blocks, cereal, beads, or even pumpkin candy and have them cover up the the correct letters. (There is one page for each letter of the alphabet.
2. Leaf Pile
Bring the leaf piles inside with this fun preschool counting game. Give your kids some real or faux leaves and have them count out the correct amount for each pile. (This pack includes numbers 1-20)
3. Scarecrow Number
Help the scarecrow learn his numbers by filling the ten frame, finding the right domino, and tracing the number word. (We used blocks and dominos with this page, but this could also laminated and used as a Play Dough mat.)
4. Count the Cotton
Adding to the fun fall math activities for preschoolers, give your kids this ‘count the cotton’ page and a handful of cotton balls, and let them get busy.
5. Tractor Shapes
Adding to the October fine motor activities, have your kids grab their favorite car or tractor toy tracing the tracks. (10 different 2-D Shapes included in these pre k pages)
6. Spider Colors
This spider colors game is a favorite with my kids. Why? because pom-poms never get old. There are ten different color sheets and they practice putting the right colored “spiders” on the web. This is not only good fine-motor practice but also great practice for building visual and color discrimination.
7. Alphabet Sounds Pumpkin Stacks
October lessons plans would not be complete without some practice in alphabet sounds. In this Pumpkin Stacks game, give the kids some blocks, pom-poms, or cereal and have them cover the pictures that begin the with letter given.
8. Nuts for Squirrel Prewriting
Slip the Nuts for Squirrel prewriting pages in page protectors and they are ready for use. With a dry erase marker have them practice their hand dexterity while tracing each line. Wipe off and reuse!
9. Color Rhyming
Rhyming, repetition, and colors…this activities get kids reading. (As an additional fine motor and spacial awareness element, I had them fill the shapes on each page with the correct color. )
10. Pumpkin Patterns
Using colored math link cubes, small blocks, or pom-poms have the kids recreate or finish the patterns given. This preschool pattern activity is great for teaching problem solving, spacial awareness, patterns, as well as, fine-motor skills.
Household Items for Preschool Fine Motor Games
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It’s easy to do these functional fine motor activities using household items. I’ve told you what I used, but feel free to get creative. Here is a list of household items you could use for fine motor practice.
- Colorful Wooden blocks
- Colorful faux leaves
- Math link cubes
- Kid-Friendly Fine Motor Tweezers
- Colorful buttons
- Cotton balls
- pipe cleaners
- Craft sticks
- pony beads
- Mad Matter
- Dry erase markers for kids
- Autumn Colored Cardstock
Low-Prep October Preschool Activities DOWNLOAD
This is a LOW-Prep preschool activity pack! No laminating or endless hours of cutting. Simply print, slip into page protectors, and get started.
These are great pre k activities for homeschool or classroom use. You can download the October Preschool Activity Binder and get started today!
More Preschool Resources
- Things your Preschooler Can Learn at Home
- Preschool Daily Skill Builder
- How to Teach Preschool at Home
- Ten Thrifty Ways to Teach the Alphabet
- Preschool Learning Folder
- Importance of Building Prewriting Skills in Preschoolers
Get an activity binder for November too!
What are your favorite Fine-Motor Activities for Kids?
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