These fall themes for preschool will get you all set with your fall preschool lesson plans. It is a preschool theme that is loved by teachers and children with all the wonderful sights, smells, and seasonal delights.
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. – Lucy Maud Montgomery
Autumn means different things to different people. I know quite a few people who say fall is their favorite time of year, especially if they get to experience the seasonal and weather changes. The leaves changing, the smell of cinnamon and apples, and the winding down from the busyness of summer can bring peace and reflection. Fall is a time to cherish the earth’s last beautiful display for the year. Henry David Thoreau said,
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, then be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Fall is also one of my favorite times to plan preschool activities for my fall preschool lesson plans. As children spend less and less time outside, they need more and more indoor activities to keep them stimulated and engaged. Lesson planning can be time-consuming on top of the never-ending list of what needs to be done, which is why I’ve put together a list of fall themes lesson plans. My fall themes focus on common autumn ideas such as:
Fall Themes for Preschool Lesson Plans
We hope to make your life easier and your lesson plans more exciting with this collection of fall themes, fall activities, and even some fall lesson plans.
Apple Theme – From taste testing, art, apple books, and apple picking, there’s so much to do with apples! This theme can easily be used in the fall, with tons of related preschool apple activities. Our friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have an entire apple theme lesson plan in their store.
Back to School Theme – A perfect time to go over class rules, routines, classroom jobs, the schedule, and to see what the classroom offers. It’s also a great time to show off your centers and introduce an age-appropriate visual calendar! You can incorporate lots of great back to school books. Or find many more ideas in this back to school lesson plan!
Bear Theme – Watch out! It’s a — bbbbbbear. This preschool theme is a sure win! These animals live all around the world, so you can use it to incorporate everything from geography to colors. There are a ton of bear-related books, including the wonderful Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and themed activities to go along. And of course, no bear theme would be complete without going on a bear hunt! Our friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have a super fun bear themed lesson plan in their store if you’re in need of more great ideas!
Community Helper Theme – Each year Fire Prevention Week falls during the week with October 9th, so if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the perfect time for a community helpers theme. We love to include doctors and nurses, teachers, garbage and recycling collectors, veterinarians and more. You can get all the community helper lesson plans you need in our store with our Preschool Community Helper lesson plans as well as our Toddler Community Helper lesson plans!
Cooking Theme – After the heat of summer has passed, fall is a great time to get back in the kitchen. You can make bread in a bag, homemade ice cream, a snack for tea time, or anything else that gets kids excited about the kitchen. We love all of the great hands-on activities over at Planning Playtime.
Fall Theme – Whenever the season changes, I use that as my perfect opportunity to make it my preschool theme for that lesson plan. Fall is a perfect overview of what the kids will be experiencing soon with the cooler weather. Fall books, pumpkin art activities, crafts, fall songs, and simple themed activities can be found in abundance! Get an entire fall lesson plan in our store.
Fantasy and Fairy Tales Theme – This theme is one of my favorites that I did either as a Halloween alternative or after Halloween. After kids go trick or treating, they want to talk about it and keep doing it, so I just went with it. Cue the dramatic play! We bring in all of their costumes they want to share and keep going with their interests. See this fairy tale lesson plan to make your theme even more magical!
Fire Safety Theme – Fire safety is a great preschool theme to do in October! There are lots of practical ways to teach children how to prevent fires, as well as what to do if one occurs. Plus, I always loved doing a trip to the fire station! This could also be part of a community helpers theme.
Halloween Theme – Halloween can be spooky, but it can also be sweet and fun! Check out this cute ghost sensory smash for a sweet activity that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser, this jack-o-lantern art activity, and don’t miss this list of Halloween songs! There are some super fun Halloween activities at Planning Playtime. And our friends at Preschool Teacher 101 have this great Halloween lesson plan or this entire Halloween Bundle lesson plan.
Hibernation Theme– Many animals prepare to and begin hibernating during the fall season. Help children learn even more about animals by teaching which animals hibernate and why. Maybe bring in some special cozy blankets and make nap time extra fun. A visit to your local library will yield books about which animals hibernate. This theme can also be incorporated into the bears lesson plan.
Leaves Theme – One of the most recognizable aspects of the fall season is the changing color of leaves. During the fall months, colored leaves are absolutely magical. Not only is this a great time to teach children about the different types of trees and leaves, but it’s also a great way to get hands on with art projects using leaves and playing in leaf piles. Check out the many leaf science experiments your class can do! Preschool Teacher 101 has a leaves lesson plan and even an entire fall theme bundle.
Nocturnal Animals Theme – Bats, owls, hedgehogs, cats, and other animals are nocturnal. This is a fun preschool theme that allows you to explore and learn more about these fascinating creatures. This theme can easily tie in with Halloween or hibernation themes, as many of these nocturnal animals also hibernate.
Pumpkins Theme – Fall and Halloween are such fun events to plan activities around, and pumpkins are by far the most exciting. They make a great shape to incorporate different activities as well as actually exploring the pumpkin itself. Enjoy some pumpkin books, pumpkin crafts, and pumpkin art projects to get you started! Or get this entire pumpkin lesson plan from Preschool Teacher 101.
Spiders Theme – Spiders can be creepy, with all their eyes and many legs, but they can also be so cute (see this pet spider craft!) Here are some great spider facts. Around Halloween time or with the purpose of exploring insects, spiders make a great theme! Throw some spiders in the sensory table for some fun exploration. See the fun spider lesson plans from Preschool Teacher 101.
Squirrels Theme – Squirrels are super cute with their fluffy tails, and they run super fast. This theme is perfect to include with an animal theme, fall theme with a counting activity, or even physical activity! Our list of fall songs has some great squirrel songs, too!
Thanksgiving Theme – Thanksgiving is a holiday full of history and family. This is a great time to touch on historical facts, or to help teach children about thankfulness and sharing. Check out this list of hands-on Thanksgiving activities for kids, and there are lots of awesome books about gratitude and thankfulness to use during this theme. Don’t miss our list of Thanksgiving songs! See the Thanksgiving lesson plans from our friends at Preschool Teacher 101.
I hope you enjoy autumn as much as I do. If you would like additional lesson plans and theme ideas, visit The Ultimate List of Preschool Themes and our list of the best Fall Songs for more information and ideas.