Discover and Explore: An acorn round-up

Fall is almost upon us!  At preschool, we are already seeing glimpses of fall.  There is a chill in the morning air as moms drop off their children.  We’ve noticed the green leaves turning to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow.  And probably one of the greatest tell-tale signs of fall around our preschool is all of the cute little acorns that are scattered on the ground.  We love exploring acorns in preschool!  Today I would like to share with you just a few ways we enjoy acorns…

Exploring acorns in preschool by Teach Preschool

Perhaps the most obvious thing we do with acorns is to pick them up and play with them.  Collecting, counting, and using tweezers is all part of the fun in fine motor acorn play

Fine motor acorn play by Teach Preschool

Once all of our acorns have been gathered, it’s fun to weigh and graph them with acorn math

Acorn Math

Of course we wouldn’t be fully exploring every aspect of acorns if we didn’t try a little acorn art

Acorn art by Teach Preschool

With all of our leftover acorns, we create sensory shakers as a little souvenir to remember all of our acorn adventures…

Acorn Sensory Shakers by Teach Preschool


Now it’s Your Turn!  What Fall activities do you and your children love?

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By |2013-09-10T22:00:31+00:00September 10th, 2013|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Trisha September 11, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Love this series! Thanks for this post. Do you ever have problems with larvae in the acorns. I have had icky larvae hatch out of acorns we have collected. Of course the children got the magnifying glasses out and loved it…but it was not pleasant for me:) Just wondering if there’s a way to deal with this BEFORE they hatch:) Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      I think the only way is to bake the acorns on a low temperature for awhile but honestly, I haven’t tried. We just throw them out and let the kids see the larva too!

  2. Stephanie September 12, 2013 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Great post, as usual! Lots of wonderful ideas for when we start seeing acorns around these parts!

  3. Leslie September 12, 2013 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I used to love exploring leaves and acorns in my classroom. Sadly, we are often not able to bring them inside anymore. Acorns have produced allergic reactions in my tree nut allergy children. Any suggestions?

  4. Anne-Marie September 12, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Counting acorns will be a great activity for my 2 1/2 year old niece. There are TONS of acorns available this time of year. Thanks for the ideas!

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