Autumn is a beautiful season, and creating Montessori-inspired autumn activities can help preschoolers enjoy and learn from the season. Squirrels and nuts can make a great autumn theme.
If you don’t celebrate Halloween in your family, you might want to create some squirrel and nut activity trays now. But squirrel and nut activities work well anytime in the autumn.
Here are some Montessori-inspired activities I found online:
Activities using oak leaves and/or oak trees from a Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Unit would work well.
Montessori Materials has free 3-part nut cards.
Montessori Mom has a squirrel newsletter with links to a number of activities and materials, including free squirrel anatomy nomenclature cards and squirrel food 3-part cards.
Pirate Ships and Sealing Wax has a squirrel unit.
Leptir has numbers and counters using hazelnuts. I featured this activity as part of DIY Cards and Counters. You can easily substitute acorns or any nut and use it for a squirrel and nut theme. Notice how the nuts are laid out in rows of two with an extra acorn centered below. That’s the traditional Montessori way of introducing cards and counters to give a hands-on understanding of odd and even.
Raising Genius Fish has ideas for using glass acorns for sorting and math activities for different ages and ability levels.
Squirrel and Nut Activities on Pinterest
I have a Squirrel and Nut Activities board on Pinterest that I’ll be adding to throughout the autumn with all sorts of squirrel and nut activities and printables.
Update: (A Bit Off-Topic)
I just found out how timely my post was! (Thanks, Ready. Set. Read!) For the Cardinals fans and in honor of the World Series, I have to add this YouTube video:
More information about the Rally Squirrel: Rally Squirrel Caught and Released.
Have you done any autumn activities with a squirrel and/or nut theme?
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