Tot-School Fall Fun

For Tot-School this month we had a Fall Fun theme.  We had fun with Candy Corn, Pumpkins, Leaves, Apples and more.  T loved this unit because he got to be outside a lot and explore the season of fall for the first time.

Book List

  • Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • We Love Fall by Diane Muldrow
  • Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
  • Fall Harvest Bringing in Food by Martha E. W. Rustad
  • Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
  • Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington\
  • Life Cycles Pumpkins by Robin Nelson
  • Jack-o-Lanterns by Lola M. Schaefer
  • Safe Kids Fire Safety by Dana Meachen Rau
  • Fire Safety in Action by Mari Schuh
  • Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Ten Apples Up On Top! By Theo. LeSieg
  • Scarecrows by Calvin Harris
  • Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
  • Julius’s Candy Corn by Kevin Henkes
  • Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry
  • Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall
  • Leaves Fall Down by Lisa Bullard
  • The Leaves on the Trees by Thom Wiley
  • Leaf Jumpers by Leslie Evans
  • Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  • Scarecrows by Lola M Schaefer
  • Watch Apple Trees Grow by Mary Ann HoffmanFall Fun Study (301)_edited-1

Fall Fun Sensory TubFall Fun Study (128)_edited-1


  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Acorns
  • Measuring Cups
  • Bowls
  • Funnel
  • Other Containers with Lids
  • Measuring SpoonsFall Fun Study (131)_edited-1

Fall Fun Tot-TubsFall Fun Study (382)_edited-1

Tot-Tub #1 (top left) Scooping Acorns

I found these cute acorn bowls in the dollar area at Target so I put a few acorns and an ice cream scooper in the tub for T to scoop the acorns from one bowl to the other.Fall Fun Study (220)_edited-1

Tot-Tub #2 (top right) Lacing Pumpkins

I made a pumpkin from orange card stock and punched holes all the way around it.  I showed T how to lace a shoe lace in and out of the holes.Fall Fun Study (85)_edited-1

Tot-Tub #3 (middle) Sorting Seeds

I had these foam shapes of an acorn, pumpkin, and apple.  I got some seeds of each and let T sort them onto the correct shape.  (He insisted on working this tot-tub while talking on the phone to his Uncle!)Fall Fun Study (210)_edited-1Fall Fun Study (198)_edited-1

Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Candy Corn Colors

I got this Candy Corn serving tray at Goodwill. I gave him orange, yellow, and white pom-poms to sort into each section on the tray.  He used his toddler tweezers.Fall Fun Study (36)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (38)_edited-1

Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Do-A-Dot Fun

For this tot-tub I gave him some do-a-dot papers to work on.  I printed out a few of these Dot Markers pages for him.Fall Fun Study (355)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (366)_edited-1Fall Fun Study (87)_edited-1 Sorting Leaves & Apples

I used page 26 of Part 2 of this Fall Pack for T to sort his leaves and apples.Fall Fun Study (202)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (203)_edited-1

I am Thankful

I found this I am Thankful tree for T to color and add stickers too.Fall Fun Study (213)_edited-1

Fall Stickers

I gave T some stickers and paper.  He loves peeling and sticking stickers.Fall Fun Study (342)_edited-1

Leave Window Stickers

I found these window stickers for T to put on the window.  First he had to clean and dry the window (which he loves to do)!Fall Fun Study (273)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (274)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (275)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (277)_edited-1

Color the Leaf

I found this Leaf Color Book on pages 19-21 of the Fall Tot Pack for T to work on.Fall Fun Study (358)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (360)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (361)_edited-1

Leaf Rubbings

We went outside to find some leaves to put under our paper and rub crayons over them.Fall Fun Study (283)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (284)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (286)_edited-1

How Many Leaves on the Tree

I printed out this Fall Leaves Counting Mat from  this Leave Pack I found.Fall Fun Study (293)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (292)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (295)_edited-1

He counted 10 leaves.

Leaves Spinner

I found this Leaves Spinner in this Leaves Pack.  I let T spin the spinner and then place that color of leaf on the matching leaf color.

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Hand Tree

T did page 21 in his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts book.  He placed his hands in orange paint and made his handprints for the fall leaves.Fall Fun Study (296)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (297)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (298)_edited-1

Raking Leaves Craft


  • Craft Sticks
  • Construction Paper
  • Real Colored Leaves


  1. Collect a few colored leaves and glue them in a pile at the bottom of your paper.Fall Fun Study (288)_edited-1
  2. Glue the craft sticks on in the shape of a rake.Fall Fun Study (299)_edited-1

Leaf Blow

The boys found leaves and raced blowing them across the table with straws.Fall Fun Study (260)_edited-1Fall Fun Study (279)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (280)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (281)_edited-1

Maple Cookies

I found these Maple Cookies at Dollar General for the boys to try.Fall Fun Study (343)_edited-1

Fall Tree Craft


  • Paper
  • Brown Crayon
  • Glue
  • Dead Leaves


  1. Help child draw a tree trunk.
  2. Color the trunk brown.Fall Fun Study (344)_edited-1
  3. Collect dead leaves from the yard.
  4. Crumple them up and glue the pieces to the branches of the tree.Fall Fun Study (345)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (346)_edited-1

Five Little Pumpkins


  • Foam Pumpkin Stickers
  • Craft Sticks
  • Card Stock
  • Blue & Brown construction paper
  • Glue


  1. Use blue paper for the sky.
  2. Add brown construction paper for the ground.Fall Fun Study (98)_edited-1
  3. Glue on craft sticks to look like a fence.Fall Fun Study (99)_edited-1
  4. Add the pumpkin stickers to the top of the fence.Fall Fun Study (102)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (104)_edited-1
  5. Read poem with child.

Five Little Pumpkins:

(Hold your arm across in front of you for the gate and then with the other finger hold up 5 fingers for the pumpkins. Add a finger for each number you are singing about.)

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “We don’t care!”
The third one said, “There are leaves all in the air!”
The fourth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
Then Whoooooosh… went the wind,
And out went the light!
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Pumpkin Marshmallows

A favorite snack to T is marshmallows so I was excited when I found these pumpkin shaped marshmallows this week.Fall Fun Study (86)_edited-1

3 Pumpkins

T counted and colored 3 pumpkins on page 19 in his A Beka Learning Numbers with Button Bear book.Fall Fun Study (186)_edited-1

Balloon Jack-o-Lanterns

We made a balloon pumpkin patch with orange balloons and green yarn tied from balloon to balloon.  Then the boys used markers to make faces on their balloon pumpkins to make a balloon Jack-o-lantern.Fall Fun Study (43)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (44)_edited-1

Pumpkin Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pumpkin cookie cutter


  1. In a bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms.
  3. Roll out dough and press pumpkin shaped cookie cutter into the dough, place on baking sheet.Fall Fun Study (317)_edited-1
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  5. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned and let cool.

Pumpkin Sunglasses

I found these somewhere, and T loved wearing them.Fall Fun Study (42)_edited-1

Fingerprint Pumpkin Patch


  • Paper
  • Orange Ink Pad
  • Green Marker


  1. Place your finger on the orange ink pad and then place the finger prints on the paper for the pumpkins.Fall Fun Study (207)_edited-1
  2. Then use the green marker to draw the vines touching to each orange print.Fall Fun Study (208)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (209)_edited-1

Tissue Paper Pumpkin

T used page 29 of his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts book for his tissue paper pumpkin craft.Fall Fun Study (188)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (190)_edited-1

Playdough Pumpkin

T rolled orange playdough into balls and then placed tiny green pipe cleaners in the tops to make pumpkins.Fall Fun Study (39)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (40)_edited-1

Pumpkin Patch

We visited Eckert’s pumpkin patch to choose our pumpkins for this fall.Fall Fun Study (206)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (235)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (241)_edited-1

Pumpkin Carving

We decided to carve the pumpkins that we got at the pumpkin patch.


  1. First we cut off the top and pulled out all the seeds.Fall Fun Study (152)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (130)_edited-2 Fall Fun Study (117)_edited-1
  2. Then we gave T a rubber mallet and a metal star cookie cutter.
  3. We placed the cookie cutters where we wanted the eyes to be and let T hit them with the mallet.Fall Fun Study (74)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (76)_edited-1
  4. Next I cut the mouth for him.Fall Fun Study (70)_edited-1Fall Fun Study (54)_edited-1
  5. Then we place the tiny candle inside and lit it.Fall Fun Study (16)_edited-1

Coffee Acorn


  • Card Stock
  • Dry Coffee Grounds
  • Dry Oatmeal Oats
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Draw a simple acorn onto the card stock and cut it out.
  2. Let your child spread glue with a paintbrush on the bottom part of the acorn.Fall Fun Study (378)_edited-1
  3. Sprinkle coffee grounds on the bottom until it is all covered.
  4. Lightly shake off any that didn’t stick.
  5. Then paint the top with glue and put oats on it.Fall Fun Study (379)_edited-1Fall Fun Study (380)_edited-1
  6. Lightly shake off any that didn’t stick.Fall Fun Study (381)_edited-1

Acorn Hunt

We went out into the yard to find acorns.Fall Fun Study (350)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (351)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (349)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (352)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (353)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (354)_edited-1

How Many Crows?

I printed out the How Many Crows page for T to practice his counting.Fall Fun Study (362)_edited-1

Scarecrow Art

I cut out the pieces for a scarecrow from construction paper and helped T glue them in place… he loves using glue!Fall Fun Study (347)_edited-1Fall Fun Study (50)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (348)_edited-1

Scarecrow Shapes

I printed out pages 3 and 4 of this Scarecrow Tot Pack for T to review his shapes.Fall Fun Study (365)_edited-1Apple Color Song

T watched the Apple Color Song.Fall Fun Study (55)_edited-1

Tissue Paper Apples


  • Apple Outline
  • Red, Green, & Brown Tissue Paper (1 inch squares)
  • Glue


  1. Glue the red tissue paper on the apple.Fall Fun Study (370)_edited-1
  2. Add the green and brown paper for the leaf and stem.Fall Fun Study (371)_edited-1

Apple Spinner Graph

I found this Apple Spinner Graph for T to spin and add the color of apple that it landed on to his graph.Fall Fun Study (372)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (373)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (374)_edited-1

10 Red Apples

Read:Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins




  1. Cut out the printouts and lay them on the floor. Or use real apples.
  2. Let the child line them up in order as you read the book.Fall Fun Study (116)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (115)_edited-1

Finger Paint Apple Tree


  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Brown, Red, Yellow and Green Paint
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush


  1. Paint the tube with brown paint.
  2. Cut out a tree top shape from the green paper.
  3. Use your finger and dip it in the red, green, and yellow paint to add apples to the tree top.Fall Fun Study (367)_edited-1
  4. Cut 2 slits on one end of the tube opposite each other.
  5. Slide the tree top into the slits.Fall Fun Study (369)_edited-1

Color the Apple

I printed out page 16-18 of the Tot- Pack for this Color the Apple book for T to practice his colors.Fall Fun Study (375)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (376)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (377)_edited-1

Wormy Apple

T used page 13 in his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts book. First he glued on his worm then colored the apple.Fall Fun Study (196)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (199)_edited-1

Ten Apples Up on Top

Read: Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg



  1. Count out 10 paper apples use real apples.
  2. Glue the picture to a long piece of paper or place the  picture on the floor.Fall Fun Study (118)_edited-1
  3. Glue a paper apple one on top of another, on top of their head, counting as they do this. When all 10 apples are on top of their head, count them again with your child and write the numbers 1-10 on each apple.  Or stack apples above child’s head.Fall Fun Study (119)_edited-1

Apple Tree

T used page 5 of his A Beka Arts & Crafts with Button Bear book.  First he glued the apples on and then we read the poem together.Fall Fun Study (192)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (193)_edited-1

Pass the Apple

T and some friends played pass the apple.Fall Fun Study (114)_edited-1

Apple Printing


  • Apples
  • Knife
  • Paper Plate
  • Red, Green, & Yellow Paint
  • Paper


  1. Cut the apples in half from the stem to the flower.
  2. Place paint on the paper plates.
  3. Child dips the apple in the paint and puts the print on his paper.Fall Fun Study (138)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (140)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (142)_edited-1

Apple Picking

We went to pick apples at a friends house.Fall Fun Study (336)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (289)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (282)_edited-1

Stop, Drop, and Roll

We practiced our stop, drop, and roll.  Fall Fun Study (106)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (105)_edited-1

Then we practiced a fire drill and crawled low to the ground out the door and ran to our meeting place by the big tree.Fall Fun Study (64)_edited-1 Fall Fun Study (65)_edited-1


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