Autumn activities to help inspire nursery children
As the year rolls on and the leaves start to turn, it’s time for teachers to embrace the season and use Autumn to promote the development of their pupils. At this time of year, there’s so much for children to explore, and plenty of activities that children can take part in during their school and nursery days.
In this article, we wanted to explore some of the lesson plans that nursery professionals could use during the day.
To help children develop their language and recollection skills, why not try an Autumnal alphabet game. Give the children a letter, and ask them to name as many things in Autumn that start with the letter.
This could be done in groups, individually or from the class as a whole. To make it even more exciting for them, see if they can list something for every letter of the alphabet. If they’re struggling, make sure you have some pictures on hand to help them out.
To help children develop their creative skills and understand the different colour groups, why not ask them to create pictures using only colours that are found around Autumn. To help them along, consider bringing in some leaves that have changed colour, or a collection of forest objects.
One other colour exploration activity could be to ask them to draw everything they think could be a specific colour, and see how many things they come up with.
Making hedgehog hotels
When it comes to Autumn, children love to get involved with making things. One of the easiest ways to teach them about conservation, nature and teamwork is to get them to start making hedgehog hotels with things that they find outside.
Start with a cardboard box, get the children to put some shredded paper, twigs and leaves inside. Make sure the box has ventilation holes and once you’re finished, help them put it in a quiet, sheltered part of the school grounds. Cover the box so it doesn’t get wet, and tell the children that it shouldn’t be disturbed.
For children of a younger age, the tactile nature of a sensory tray can help them understand how different materials feel and will help them understand how different materials change over time.
Bring Autumn leaves, pine cones, sticks and twigs inside, and let the children play with them during the day. If they’re a little bit older, why not try covering the tray and asking them to identify the object by touch alone?
Seasonal drawing and posters
To help children feel pride in their work and develop their creative skills even further, why not encourage them to create their own Autumnal posters. They could stick leaves to the paper, draw what they like about this time of year and put them up for the rest of the school to see.
Not only does this help them with visualisation, but it’s also a nice thing for them to take home to their parents or carers once they need to be taken down again.
Songs about the seasons
A great way to get children to work together is to get them to take part in songs about the seasons. Not only is this a great way for them to learn about the changes going on around them, but it also helps them develop their vocabulary skills.
If they’re singing and saying words in context, it’ll help with their comprehension of the word’s meaning, as well as providing a good mnemonic device that can aid in improving their memories.
Woodland colouring pages
If the weather has taken a turn and it’s looking grey outside, then it could be time to include woodland colour pages into their lessons. There are plenty available for free online, and all you have to do is download them and print them out. For example, Twinkl has a whole host of free colouring pages available, which you can find here.
To find out more about lesson plans, activities and teaching nursery children, take a look at the articles listed below:
- A guide to the Montessori teaching style
- The benefits of outdoor learning and development
- Five tips for helping introverted students
As you can see, there are plenty of activities that you can do in a nursery setting that will help children embrace education, have fun whilst learning and develop skills they’ll be able to use later in life. What do you think? Have you tried anything differently?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, so make sure you let us know in the comments below. Likewise, if you wanted to make the move into teaching, or have felt inspired by anything you’ve read, make sure to check out the roles that we’re currently looking to fill across the South Coast.