Fall is in the air, and that means we are ready to pull out some engaging seasonal and themed learning activities. Today I am sharing a fun Fall Tree Fine Motor Activity for kids that is easy to set up and fun to play (and learn) with for your preschoolers or kindergartners. You can work on counting, adding, and subtracting skills too!
*Pair with our Fall Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Fall Tree Fine Motor Activity for Kids
Developing fine motor skills is so important for early learners. We can do this in many ways but my favorite is through hands-on activities like this fall tree fine motor activity. Let’s get started with the supplies and prep!
To prep this fun activity you need:
After you have all of the supplies ready, cut out leaves from the different colored felt, being sure to cut a slit in each leaf for attaching to the tree. Bend the pipe cleaners into a tree shape and attach to a tray using tape.
Time to Play
Now you can play! Let the child add the leaves to the tree. This could simply be an invitation to play, where fine motor skills will develop and you let the child independently explore.
Or, you could give some guidance and ask him/her to add a certain number to the tree, group the colors together while working on visual discrimination skills too, or giving certain instructions (see below).
RELATED RESOURCE: Clothespin Clip Cards for Kindergarten – October Edition
Ways to Extend the Activity
- Count the leaves to add to the tree and work on addition/subtraction: Add one of each color of the leaves to the tree. One leaf fell down, count how many leaves are left on the tree: 3 – 1, etc.
- Work on following oral instructions: Add 2 yellow leaves, then add 3 orange leaves, now take 1 yellow leaf away…
This is a fun fine motor activity to adapt and use in your class or at home during autumn. It is sure to be a hit with your kids too!
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