October Tot School Plans – Fall (Leaves)

Let light SHINE out of darkness

This month is probably going to be pretty crazy for our family, but I don’t want to let Tot School suffer if at all possible. I’ve made some plans for the month, and I hope to at least do one activity per day (if I can get to all our supplies!). These plans are for the first three weeks of October. We’ll be traveling the next week, and then we’ll do a (short) pumpkin unit the last week (see following post).

Bible Verse: “Let light shine out of darkness.” 2 Corinthians 4:6

Bible Story: 

Noah’s ark
This would be a great time to share the story of Noah’s Ark, emphasizing how
the animals marched two by two.

Books on hold at the library: (And there are also lots of other great book ideas in the packet listed below.)

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Leaf Man

Leaf Man – We will make “leaf creatures” after reading this one!

By Ehlert, Lois(Book – 2005)


By Stein, David Ezra(Book – 2010)

Baby Loves Fall!

A Karen Katz Lift-the-flap Book

By Katz, Karen(Book – 2013)

Unless otherwise noted, most of these ideas are from this leaf packet where another mom did a lot of work to compile all of these great ideas!

Color Focus (Monday): Yellow














-Scratch ‘N Sniff Watercolor
Mix 1 T. warm water with 1 T. lemonade powdered drink mix. Mix with
yellow paint or yellow food coloring. Paint picture. Let dry over night before
doing scratch ‘n sniff.

I will use this lemonade printable to paint.

-Lemonade Play-dough
1 c. flour
2 T. cream of tartar
¼ c. salt
2 packages of sugar-free lemonade Kool-Aid.
1 c. water
1 T. oil
Yellow food coloring
1. In a saucepan, combine everything but the oil. Stir well.
2. Stir in oil. Add drops of food coloring. Stir well.
3. Move saucepan to stovetop and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Stir
well the entire time.
4. When a soft ball starts to form, turn off the heat and remove the pan.
Playdough will be hot.
5. Remove the ball of dough from the pan and let cool for a second.
6. Knead well until soft.
7. Store in airtight container or a ziplock bag.

-Yellow Slap Game

(Put out various colors of leaves and have them “slap” the yellow ones.)

Letter Focus (Tuesday): Ll

-Decorate our letter “L” with leaves

-Go over Ll flashcards

-Ll Do a Dots

Shape Focus (Wednesday):

-Introduce Triangle (We will go over more with our jack o’lantern later…)

-Triangle Do a Dots

-Triangle Slap Game (See Yellow Slap Game above)

Number Focus (Thursday): 2

-Use the attached numeral and decorate it with TWO leaves (cut-outs or

-Also choose TWO colors to finger paint the numeral two.

-Writing Rhyme

While practicing writing the number two, say this rhyme to help form the
Around and back on the railroad track
Two! Two! Two!
-practice writing numbers in fingerpaint, shaving cream, etc.


Music and Fingerplays (Monday):

Falling Leaves
(Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down)
Pretty leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
Pretty leaves are falling down,
All over town.
Some are orange and some are brown, some are brown, some are brown.
Some are orange and some are brown,
Watch the leaves fall down.
Some are yellow and some are red, some are red, some are red.
Some are yellow and some are red,
Leaves fall on my head.

The Leaves on the Trees
(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,
Orange and red, orange and red.
The leaves on the trees turn orange and red.
All through the fall.
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
Tumbling down, tumbling down.
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down
All through the fall.
The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch
Crunch, crunch, crunch; Crunch, crunch, crunch.
The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch

And of course, “Gray Squirrel” (Fairley’s Favorite)

“This Little Light of Mine”

Art Exploration (Tuesday):

After reading Leaf Man

-Leaf Creatures
Using leaves from your leaf hunt, glue leaves onto craft sticks with hot glue.
Add google eyes. These leaf creatures can help with songs, finger plays, and
other leaf activities!

-Marbled Leaves

Cut out a leaf shape out of white cardstock and place on newspaper. Spread
corn syrup over the entire leaf. Using food coloring, squeeze 1-2 drops of red
and yellow food coloring on the leaf. Have child spread food coloring all across
the paper with their hands. (The leaves will have a marbled look if you do
NOT mix the food coloring together completely.)

-Leaf Prints (or with crayons)
Collect large fall leaves. Lay the leaves on top of a piece of newspaper.
Paint red, yellow, and orange paint across the leaves. Lay a piece of white
paper on top of the leaves. Rub your hands across, transferring the paint to
the white paper. Remove the leaves and hang up your leaf prints!

-Leaf Hand Print Art (for calendar)
Cover arm (up to elbow) in brown paint and stamp on paper to create tree
trunk. (Arm is trunk and hand is the branches.) Cover hand in red paint, then
yellow, then orange. Stamp hand on to create leaves on the tree. You could
also trace the child’s arm and hand onto brown construction paper for the same

Science/Sensory (Wednesday):

Press leaves into play-dough to make leaf impressions.

Fall Sensory Bin
Create a bin full of fall items for children to sift through and explore using
shovels or other utensils. Here are a few ideas:
• Black beans, red beans
• Silk leaves from the dollar store
• Leaf and pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters
• Fall-colored scoops
• Mini gourds from the dollar store

Math and Motor Skills (Thursday):

-Leaf Color Sort
Sort leaves into separate colors by placing yellow, green, brown, and red
leaves in separate baskets. You can also sort by shape, size, or any other
attributes. (We will use the leaves from our felt tree.)

-M&M Tree

Use attached M&M tree to practice one-to-one correspondence.

-Leaf Matching (If I have time to make the printable.)
Print out two copies of the leaf matching cards (visual aids attached), cut
them out, and laminate. Match the leaves that are the same.

-Leaf Counting
(Use attached trees with numerals.) Children count appropriate number of
silk or paper leaves to match the tree’s numeral.

Dramatic Play:

-We will add fall leaves to our felt tree.

-We could also pretend to rake/sweep our leaves.

Snack Ideas:

-Fall Tree Snack
Spread toast or graham cracker square with peanut butter. Stick a pretzel
rod into the peanut butter. This is the tree trunk. You could also secure
pretzel sticks with peanut butter to form the tree branches. Then take mini
M&M’s and place over the top of the pretzels. These are the leaves.

-Yellow Snack Ideas

Bananas, lemons, pineapple juice, lemonade, deviled eggs, scrambled eggs,
yellow jell-o, cornbread, yellow taffy, yellow lollipops, plain yellow cake.

Field Trip: We’ll take lots of trips outside looking for “signs of fall.” We’ll also be taking a big trip to Texas (where I have a feeling “signs of fall” will be lacking…) 🙂

Service Project: Tot Visit at the nursing home (2 x a month)


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