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In the Orchard Fall Preschool Theme

in the orchard fall preschool theme
Our In the Orchard fall preschool theme is coming to an end. With Mother Goose Time, we’ve learned about so many wonderful aspects of the orchard, including the tree, it’s life cycle, what lives in a tree, what lives in the orchard, about seeds, branches, fruits and nuts.

Painting leaves on the tree with green paint fingerprints. Then we added apple stickers. A bird, butterfly, ladybug and caterpillar are also pictured on the tree. These turned out beautiful and explored what is in the branches of a tree.


We explored what happens when we pound on leaves and parts of the plants with a hammer, under fabric.
Pounding Colors from Nature #MGTblogger

We explored seeds in the sensory table, picked sunflower seeds from dried sunflower heads and collected seeds from dying plants outside.

Collecting SeedsExploring Seeds in Preschool

We worked on counting and identifying numbers.count & clip math preschool activity

Using the hands on numbers, and letters, we played games to develop number and letter recognition.hands on numbers #MGTblogger hands on letters #MGTblogger

We sorted fruit beads into pie tins to make “fruit pies”.sorting beads fruit pies #MGTblogger

We used problem solving skills to make three rectangles from shapes. This month the focus was on numbers 3 & 4.3 number cards

We read the story of Johnny Appleseed and made Johnny puppets.

Johnny by Leslie Falconer #MGTblogger johnny appleseed puppets

Making apple core projects and counting out “seeds” (these are really beans).

preschool apple core craft preschool apple core craft

Appleseed dominoes game (from Scholastic)
Appleseed dominoes game

We talked about different parts of the tree – branches, leaves, flowers and then fruits. Here, we are making cherry trees with blossoms.

cheery tree preschool art

cheery tree preschool art

We learned about ABB patterns on our calendar and clapped out the rhythm. We learned about fruits: apples, plums, lemons and oranges. circle time lemon topic

Working on numbers 1-3 with lemon shapes.

lemon shape number game

Tasting lemons and then squeezing lemon juice into our water cups.

Tasting and squeezing lemons

Lemons are yellow paintings.

Lemons are Yellow Paintings

Our letters for this month are A, O & R. This color by letter was very engaging for the 3’s & 4’s.Color by Letter Mother Goose Time In the Orchard theme

The three letters we are focusing on this month were reinforced with this game. It could be played with a group or individually.

orchard tree letter game

Using stamp pad inks, we made fall or fruit trees on our postcards with fingerprints. I will mail home these postcards with a song or rhyme on the back that we learned, The Leaves Are Falling Down, with a little update about what we’ve learned this month. I like sending home these post cards each month as another little  preschool to home connection.

fingerprint tree postcard

plums are purple paintings
Painting with purple, exploring plums. We also learned the rhyme of Little Jack Horner.

Little Jack Horner rhyme Mother Goose Time

This pie craft was wonderful. They were fun to make and fun to play with! My group spent a lot of time sitting in the corner like Little Jack Horner, pretending to eat pies. It’s more than a craft, it’s dramatic play with props and literacy.

plum piespretending to be Little Jack Horner

The orange juice cup art was also a hit. After making these projects, the kids played with them, pretending to drink juice.

orange juice cup art
We learned about nut trees and this rhyme about the golden pear.

Golden pear necklaces

Chestnut tree pear poem
Counting walnuts.
counting walnuts
We also painted mini pumpkins, read Spookley the Square Pumpkin and made a square collage paper craft of Spookley.

painted mini pumpkinsSpookley the Square Pumpkin Craft

We did all of this and so much more! Mother Goose Time offers amazing learning experiences for children through hands on play. We had a great month learning about orchards. Next month is all about transportation – On the Go. Join us!

November Mother Goose Time theme box November Mother Goose Time theme On the Go