Acorn fine motor activities for math, science, art, literacy, sensory play, play and more! We love collecting acorns in the fall on nature hikes. Acorns are a fun, free fall themed manipulative for encouraging fine motor skills while having fun exploring nature. It’s a great way to combine a little science, math,and fine motor work in one activity. Make a craft, paint a picture, and add a favorite book for fall like Earl the Squirrel and you have the perfect early childhood lesson plan! Fall early learning ideas are the best!
FALL ACORN FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES FOR MATH, SCIENCE, LITERACY, & ART
Simple Ideas for Fall Learning Activities Using real Acorns!
A Sunday morning nature walk up to a beautiful mountain top produced a collection of acorns, carefully gathered, by my young scientist as we hiked along, perfect for a few simple fine motor, science, math and sensory activities. Lately we have been enjoying simple hands-on activities with a few early learning angles that reinforce concepts we have already learned. I have also hand picked a few more fun acorn activities for you to try out this fall!
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ACORN FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES FOR MATH AND SCIENCE
Now we all know that little insects can live in acorns and it might be okay or not okay for you depending on your activity. I found a step by step article on prepping acorns for crafts and projects. This might be especially helpful if you are planning to add acorns to sensory bins.
The supplies listed below are for our our acorn activities that encourage fine motor, math, and science skills. You will find links and pictures for more fun ideas to do with your acorns below.
bowl of water
We practiced simple transferring and one to one counting skills with our little pile of acorns. I asked him questions like how many more acorns do you need and how many acorns are left? Basic counting skills with a bit of problem solving (how many are left= count empty sections) as well as fine motor practice.
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This handy little wooden nutcracker has provided us many opportunities for hand strengthening. He just loves to crack whole nuts! I thought it would be a great discovery and exploration science activity with the acorns to see what was inside them. He worked hard to crack many acorns and each one held a different surprise including a tiny worm! See above if you don’t want to find tiny worms.
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We do love science as well as sensory play and all young scientists use fine motor skills for experiments! This also makes for simple water sensory play and the sieve is an easy fine motor tool.
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Nature makes for wonderful, hands-0n, fine motor play! Take a walk with your child and gather everything you need while enjoying the wonderful fall season outdoors together! What else can you do with acorns? Check out the ideas below by clicking on photos or links. You can also make ACORN PAINTINGS or ACORN BELLS!
Acorns are plentiful during this season so why not take some time to learn and play with them!
EASY ACORN FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS FALL
Looking for more fall learning ideas? Click on the photo below!
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Easy Fall Tree Activity from Powerful Mothering
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3 Cup Twisting Fine Motor Games from Lalymom
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