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.
One Hook Wonder had a fall nature tray. (The blog is no longer available.)
Leptir has a number of nut activities, including cracking and grinding nuts. You’ll also find numbers and counters using hazelnuts. 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. Leptir also has a squirrel grid game (photo above) using a Squirrel Grid Game printable from PreKinders.
Note: The Raising Genius Fish blog is no longer available.
Outdoor Acorn Math Activities (my post)
Squirrel and Nut Activities on Pinterest
I have a Squirrel and Nut Activities board on Pinterest
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