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Creative Montessori November Activities for Preschoolers


Who said learning isn’t fun? Certainly not us! As the colors of fall deepen and the air turns crisp, November presents a beautiful time to blend education and entertainment with our “Montessori November Activities for Preschoolers.”

So, teachers, parents, and homeschoolers – buckle up as we embark on a joyful journey of discovery, learning, and growth!

Montessori November Activities for Preschoolers

Practical Life: A Slice of Pumpkin Pie Life

What better way to kick off our exploration than diving into the practicalities of life? It’s high time our little ones got their hands dirty!

  • Pumpkin Soup Preparation: Let’s turn the typical pumpkin carving into a hands-on learning experience. Preschoolers can scoop out pumpkin seeds, rinse them, and even help in preparing a simple pumpkin soup. Not only does this teach them about food preparation, but it also bolsters their fine motor skills.
  • Leaf Sweeping: With leaves all around, it’s the perfect time for the kids to learn about cleanliness. Equip them with child-sized brooms and let them have a go at sweeping the leaves. They’ll be tickled pink by the simple joy of it!
  • Pumpkin Seeds Transfer: Provide pumpkin seeds and have children use tweezers to transfer the seeds from one bowl to another.
  • Thanksgiving Gratitude Activity: Encourage children to think about and express what they are thankful for. They can draw pictures or write words on leaves and create a “Thanksgiving tree”.

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Sensorial: Experiencing November Through the Senses

Ah, the delightful sights, sounds, and smells of November! Why not bring these into the Montessori learning experience?

  • Nature Walks: Walks in the park are a treat to the senses in November. Encourage children to touch and describe different leaves. Are they rough, smooth, dry, or crunchy?
  • Autumn Scent Bottles: Fill small jars with November-related items such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, and dried orange peels. Kids can sniff and describe the scents, stimulating their olfactory senses and vocabulary.
  • Corn Kernel Sensory Bin: Fill a bin with dried corn kernels and hide small objects (e.g., mini pumpkins, leaves, acorns, etc.) for children to find.
  • Turkey Feather Color Matching: Create a turkey with different colored feathers and have children match and attach the feathers to the turkey.

Math: Counting on Autumn

There’s a myriad of opportunities to teach math, thanks to the abundance of nature during this time of the year.

  • Leaf Counting: Gather leaves of different colors and sizes. Kids can sort and count them, learning numbers and classifications along the way.
  • Pinecone Counting: Collect pinecones and use them for counting activities or for creating patterns.
  • Pumpkin Measurement: Use pumpkins for fun, tactile lessons in size and weight comparison.

Language: Fall for Words

The change in season is a fertile ground for enhancing language skills.

  • Autumn Storytelling: From falling leaves to migrating birds, November offers a wealth of stories. Encourage children to create their own fall tales. Try this storytelling in a bag activity!
  • Thanksgiving Story Stones: Paint or draw Thanksgiving-themed images on stones (e.g., turkey, pilgrim, Native American, cornucopia, etc.) and have children create their own stories using the stones.
  • Leaf Letter Tracing: Collect a handful of leaves and have the kiddos trace the outlines of letters on them. They’ll be learning the alphabet before you know it!

Art: Autumn’s Creative Palette

Let’s tap into the natural creativity of preschoolers with some art!

  • Leaf Printing: Dip leaves in paint and press onto paper. The results are nothing short of beautiful, unique leaf prints!
  • Pumpkin Drawing: Let the little ones express themselves through drawing pumpkins. The orange hues of November are sure to inspire!

Geography & History: A Journey Back in Time and Across Continents

Lastly, let’s step out of our local bubble and learn about the wider world.

  • Native American History: November is Native American Heritage Month. Craft activities such as making beaded necklaces or feather headdresses introduce children to different cultures and histories.
  • Thanksgiving Globetrotting: Teach the kiddos about the historical and geographical significance of Thanksgiving, using a globe or map to illustrate the journey the Pilgrims made.

Science: Explore the Cycle of Life

  • Pumpkin Life Cycle: Teach children about the life cycle of a pumpkin using real seeds, a small pumpkin, and pictures or models of each stage of growth.

Whew! What a whirlwind of Montessori November Activities for Preschoolers! These activities are more than just fun, they’re building blocks for life. The change of season offers a chance to teach, learn, and grow. As the old saying goes, “From tiny acorns mighty oaks do grow.”

Here’s to raising a generation of mighty oaks! So, are you ready to embrace November with these Montessori activities?

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