I don’t know about you, but I love Autumn! There is just something about it that is so magical. Maybe it is the colorful leaves, or the perfect temperatures, but it is probably my favorite season. And i equally love all the super fun Autumn activity ideas there are for toddlers! So many cute fall ideas floating around on Instagram and Pinterest!

I figured I would jump on the band wagon and put together a round up of some of our favorite past Autumn Activities that we have done, and will also add some new ones as we approach Autumn here again in a few weeks. The best thing with Autumn is the local dollar stores always has a ton of Autumn decor! I snatch up all the supplies I think I can use in activities and crafts, use it for the season in a variety of ways, and then when winter hits, I pack it all up and store it for next year!

So, lets dive right into it! Here are some of my favorite Autumn activities that we have setup in the past along with some new ones we will be doing this year.

1 | AUTUMN LEARNING ACTIVITIES

NUMBER SEARCH & FIND

This is one of my favorite Autumn activities that we have done. Sensory fun with a little number practice mixed in! Almost everything in this bin was from our local dollar store. We used corn kernels as the base but you could really use anything you have on hand. My toddler loved searching through the kernels to find the numbers and then matching them up with the number box.

 

APPLE TREE DOT STICKER MATCHING

Oh how I love dot stickers! They are seriously so versatile. This super easy activity is a fun one that can be done in a variety of ways. We used shapes and I had my toddler match the shapes on the “apples” to the shapes on the tree. You could do this activity with letters, words, numbers, etc. The options are really endless! 

 

APPLE TREE COLOR MATCHING

I loved this little DIY apple tree sensory bin, and so did my toddler! Sensory bin with a little color matching twist! We used green split peas for our base and red and green pom poms as our “apples”. I used a few old paper rolls + some colored paper to create these little apple trees. The key was to scoop up the apples and put them in the tree that had the matching color. 

Want more color matching activity ideas? Check out this post: 10 Fun & Easy Activities to Teach Your Toddler Colors

 

AUTUMN WORD MATCH UP

Using corn kernels and navy beans as our base and tossing some Autumn themed objects in we created this fun sensory bin. We then took it to the next level by adding in some wooden letters and writing out some Fall inspired words to match the letters with. 

 

APPLE TREE NAME RECOGNITION

We created a large tree out of paper and wrote the letters from Mia’s name all over the tree. I gave her 3 dot markers and assigned each letter in her name to color. M was red, I was yellow, and A was green. She loves her dot markers so much, so I knew this would be a big hit with her. You can easily use dot stickers rather than dot markers, or you could even use finger painting!

 

APPLE TREE COUNTING 

This is such an easy DIY activity. All you need are some large craft sticks, some green paper and either red dot stickers or a red dot marker!

Want more learning activities for toddlers? Check out this post: Easy Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 

2 | AUTUMN THEMED PLAY DOUGH FUN

 

FOREST THEMED PLAY DOUGH TREE

I love a good play dough tray! We put together this tray last year, and as always we use our homemade play dough recipe! It is seriously the easiest play dough recipe and it turns out awesome every time! I also included some plastic leaves and some confetti from the dollar store, some pine cones from our backyard, some wood slices, our favorite play dough tools, and a mama and baby black bear! Our play dough tray is simply a divided serving tray!

 

DIY AUTUMN PLAY DOUGH STAMPERS

We made these little DIY Autumn stampers using supplies from our local dollar store! A few wooden blocks, some hot glue, and these little Autumn wooden cutouts. 

 

3 | AUTUMN SENSORY PLAY

 

AUTUMN OIL & WATER SENSORY BOTTLES

Sensory bottles are a great option for those little ones that are still exploring with their mouths. Sensory bottle options are endless, but in this example we used oil, water, and some plastic leaves. The oil and water counteract so you will get some fun bubbles and separation which is fun for a child to watch. You can just use water as well. In other bottles, we have used glitter, confetti, mini animals, beads, and more. I have found sensory bottles at Michaels (in store) as well as online on Amazon.

 

AUTUMN SEEK & FIND SENSORY BOTTLE

We used chickpeas  and simply dyed them red,orange, and yellow for our sensory bottle base. I found these tiny Autumn themed wooden cutouts and thought they would be perfect to add to this bottle to turn it into a seek and find bottle! My toddler (2.5 at the time) LOVED this. She loved spinning and flipping the bottle around to spot the different cutouts. 

 

AUTUMN WATER PLAY

Because what toddler doesn’t love water play? Everything in our water play bin was from the dollar store! If it is still warm enough where you live this is a great activity to play with outside. Otherwise, just lay a towel down under a large container and let your toddler go to town. Adding in some fine motor tools, spoons, and smaller scooping containers is a great way to extend the play as well. I also like to add a second large bin or container because toddlers love to transfer, scoop, and pour!

Related Post: 18 Easy Water Play Activities for Toddlers

 

AUTUMN SENSORY TRAY

The best part about Sensory play is that you can literally use anything you have on hand as a base. In this tray we used dry chickpeas and simply dyed them red,orange, and yellow. Great alternatives are dry pasta, rice, navy beans, or oats. We also added some artificial leaves, pumpkins, pine cones, and then a small wooden scooper and a little bucket. I also ended up eventually adding in some different bowls and containers to add to the fun!

Want to know how to dye your own sensory bases? Check out this post: How to Dye Your Own Sensory Bases

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AUTUMN THEMED SENSORY TABLE

We love using our Ikea Flisat table for sensory play because it offers a few different bins, which offers a few different options for play! I like to have a larger bin as our sensory bin and then add in other play materials on the other side in the smaller bins. I used corn kernels and navy beans for our base but their are so many great sensory base options that would work as well (oats, leaves, split peas, chick peas, pom poms). I always add in different objects that can be used to scoop and pour as well. 

Our little wooden acorns & pine cones are from an awesome toddler game called Acorn Soup by Peaceable Kingdom. It is one of our favorite games to play and is perfect for toddlers!

 

6 | AUTUMN ARTS & CRAFTS

 

AUTUMN COTTON SWAB TREE

My 3.5 year old absolutely loved this activity! She loves to paint, so I figured she would be all over this idea! I drew a tree on a large piece of paper (not my best work of art LOL), and then I clustered together groups of cotton swabs with small elastics. I used both the clusters and individual cotton swabs along with some red, yellow, and orange paint. My toddler loved dipping and dotting the leaves onto the tree and the final result was actually so pretty! I of course helped to blend in any big paint blobs!

 

AUTUMN COLORING SHEETS

It doesn’t get much better (or much easier) than some printable coloring sheets! My toddler is always down to color, and it always helps if I have a fun new coloring sheet for her to color as opposed to a blank sheet of white paper! So, I created some fun Autumn themed coloring sheets just for you! You can grab these FREE printable coloring sheets by plugging in your email below! 

 

 

 

 

CREATE AN AUTUMN TREE

We re-used our sensory bin to create this tree craft! I drew a tree on some paper and then added some cut up paper rolls as “leaves”. My toddler loved to fill the paper rolls up and then add all the different leaves and loose parts to create a beautiful tree. Such a fun way to encourage art & creativity! You could even go one step further and add some glue in for a more permanent art project!

Our little wooden acorns & pine cones are from an awesome toddler game called Acorn Soup by Peaceable Kingdom. It is one of our favorite games to play and is perfect for toddlers!

 

5 | OTHER AUTUMN PLAY

 

AUTUMN LOOSE PARTS PLAY

Sometimes it is as easy as throwing some loose objects into a tray or bin and letting your child play as they wish. Loose parts play is so open ended, which is why it is a great option! Obviously our set up is for children who are not exploring with their mouth anymore, as there are lots of small parts. However, you could easily use larger objects for loose parts play. 

 

AUTUMN WINDOW CLINGS

These are so great, my toddler is obsessed, and they can usually be found at a local dollar store! Don’t have a Dollar Store close by? No worries, they are less than $5 on Amazon. Last year my daughter was 2.5 and would just pull these off and put them back on all day long. I can’t wait to get some more this year for her!

 

AUTUMN SMALL WORLD PLAY

My toddler (currently 3.5) is really getting into imaginative play and loves little animal figures so much. I knew this fall inspired small world would be the perfect little setup for her, and I was not wrong! She played with this for days! Small world is such a great way to encourage imaginative play and if your toddler is into it, let them help you set it all up! My daughter loves to set these up with me and will always continue to add or re-arrange things while she plays. 

 

AUTUMN SCAVENGER HUNT

Autumn is a great time to do a scavenger hunt! There are so many different colored leaves, lots of different birds, insects, and other fun nature finds! I created a little Scavenger Hunt template that you can even print out and carry along on a walk (or bring up on your phone). My toddler loves checking the items off if we see them on our walk. We even left our sheet home one day accidentally, but just checked off what we seen on our walk once we got back home! Want the free Scavenger Hunt printable? You can grab it below!

 

 
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