Fall festival games and activities for preschoolers

Each year, our preschoolers and families join us for our fall festival. It is a time where the families can get to know each other a little better and the children can show their parents (or other caregivers) all around our preschool environment. I thought I would share with you some photos of our games and activities that we explored this year…

2016 Fall Festival

2016 Fall Festival

We use all of our spaces around my preschool to host the Fall Festival. I find it works best to spread things out so there is lots of room for play and exploration. To kick off our festival, we always provide a “map” or checklist of things the families can do together. As soon as the families arrive, we greet them, hand them a checklist, and off they go…

Fall Festival

The parents brought food in for this event. I think my parents have figured out by now that I am not a good cook so if they want something creative, healthy, or filling to eat – they bring it along and add it to our snack room (prek classroom)…

Fall Festival

The families can sit, eat and visit in the snack room. However, it was such a beautiful fall day, that many of our students preferred to take their snacks outside to eat.

Fall Festival

The families could take their time and visit each area set up for play as they chose. Now let me take you on a little tour of our games and activities in action around the preschool. Let’s start with the Spider Web…

Fall Festival

To make our spider web, I simply wrapped a long, very long, length of string all around the trees in our outdoor play scape. I wrapped the string as low as I could get it but just as a side note, as the children climb over and under the spider web, they will step on it and as they do, the web will begin to slope lower and lower to the ground. So don’t start too low! I generally wrap the string knee high to begin with…

Fall Festival

Our spider web is almost always the favorite part of our fall festival. Toddlers and preschoolers find their way through the web by going over or under it…

Fall Festival

Next up is the Mummy Wrap. For any child that wants to wrap up a parent or any parent that wants to wrap up a child, this will keep them busy for a little while…

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Head on down to our outdoor classroom for some pumpkin play dough…

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Some Geo Pumpkin Pinning…

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

And some corn seed sensory play…

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Then back outside for pumpkin bowling: Roll a pumpkin down the lane to knock over our pumpkin seed pins!

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In our game room we had Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe: No X’s and O’s here – we had orange and white pumpkins!

Fall Festival

Pumpkin Plinko: Drop the pumpkin down the plinko board and see what number it lands on!

Fall Festival

Monster Mystery: Are you brave enough to stick your hand inside each tub to feel and guess the parts of our mystery monster?

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Scare-a-Scary: Stack the ghosts up…

Fall Festival

And knock them down with our corn seed-filled pumpkin balloons…

Fall Festival

Scary Scarecrow says “Howl like a wolf!” or “Clap 3 Times” or “Walk Backwards” and more…

Fall Festival

After you play each game, grab a ticket for a prize at our prize station. You can decorate your own bag to keep your tickets and prizes in…

Fall Festival

And last, but not least, was Fall Bingo…

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Now back up to the prize station. The children turned in their tickets to collect candy or small trinkets for prizes before heading home. I actually used the honor system for this and let parents monitor how much candy or trinkets they preferred their child to collect…

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Along with turning in tickets, everyone was invited to pick a prize-filled pumpkin from the pumpkin patch…

Fall Festival

You can pop the pumpkin right away to get to your prize or wait until you get home…

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

That wraps up our Fall Festival for 2016. It was a beautiful fall day to spend with students and their families all enjoying a fun day of play!

Fall Festival

 

By |2016-12-03T23:04:19+00:00October 30th, 2016|

About the Author:

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.

5 Comments

  1. Janeva November 2, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Very amazing informative details about the play school education to learn the toddlers. Thank you for this creative mind. at this time, it is not hard to find the best play school, Parevartan School provides best Play school in Ghaziabad.

  2. Becki Kurtz November 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Dear Fellow Teachers, A few years back, while I was working at a Indy based child care center, I had the privilege of watching this lovely lady in action. She has a wonderful gift, and shares it with everyone she meets. She is the kind of person that lets you shine, even tho she was definitely the star. Thank you Ms Deborah for sharing your knowledge and experiences thru your blogs and other avenues. You really care and it shows. Blessings to you and all you do. Becki K

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 12, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      Becki – Our good old LTP days!! I love hearing from you and what a wonderful surprise and super sweet comment. Running to grab a tissue now:)

      Love,

      Deb

  3. Ebony Moses September 12, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing the games. I know its been a while but can tell me how the Pumpkin Plinko game was made and the points sytem? What type of things where in the Monster Mystery.
    thanks for your help !

    • Deborah Stewart September 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      I sure wish I could but Miss Abby made it and she isn’t teaching with me now. I can tell you that it was a little complicated:)

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