Here are some wonderful fall tree art projects, perfect for your list of fall activities for preschoolers! There are handprint trees, process art fall trees, and some fall trees that focus on teaching early learning skills. Regardless of which crafts you choose for your students, they are sure to have lots of hands-on fun!
Related: 30 Fall Art Projects for Kids
There is just something about fall that captures a child’s sense of wonder. Of course, I’ve always worked with preschoolers and kindergartners . . . and their sense of wonder is pretty wide open all year round!
Fall is a great time to talk about all four seasons with the kids, and it’s the perfect time to just sit back and observe. Encourage the kids to watch the changes and make note of them.
Trees are one of the main things that always seem to capture my students’ attention in the fall. I think it’s because they go through the biggest change in autumn. It’s kind of hard to miss.
Fall Tree Art Projects
I must admit, fall is my favorite season – even more so when I get to watch the kids’ wonder. Creating fall tree art with the preschoolers is just a bonus!
I can’t quite decide which of the art projects below is my favorite. I’m going to have to try every single one and let you know.
Fall Art Projects for Preschoolers
Each of these art projects creates a colorful fall tree that is a unique work of art! The final products are perfect to display proudly in the classroom.
Related: Acorn Process Art
Fall Pumpkin Seed Art from Fun-A-Day – Dye some pumpkin seeds and let the children use them to create their own fall trees!
Fall Handprint Tree from Fun-A-Day – My students’ hands and fingerprints worked hard to create a fall tree. Using your hands to paint is such fun sensory exploration!
Negative Space Fall Hand Print Art from Fun-A-Day – I loved exploring negative space with my students as they crafted a fall hand print tree. The final results are stunning and so unique!
Color Mixing Fall Tree from Fantastic Fun and Learning – Fall colors are perfect for exploring color mixing! I love her suggestion of doing a process art project to get used to the materials before tackling the tree.
Autumn Tree Cotton Ball Painting from Projects with Kids – The cotton balls give the leaves a fluffy texture and are a fun way for kids to paint.
Fall Tree Leaves Painting from 3 Dinosaurs – Sponge brushes can create beautiful fall art. The end results are gorgeous trees perfect to hang in a window!
Tissue Paper Art Fall Tree from Fantastic Fun and Learning – Bleeding tissue paper is just one of the materials in this mixed media fall tree. The final products are so gorgeous and unique!
Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree from Arty Crafty Kids – Painting with bubble wrap is super fun for kids of all ages. I love her secret for creating crisp and clear circular prints!
3D Fall Tree Activities
Who says art has to be two-dimensional?! These trees literally pop off the page to take on a life of their own.
3D Fall Tree from Play Trains – Pompoms and pipe cleaners are crafted together to create a fun fall tree. The final product is perfect to use as a table decoration or centerpiece.
Fall Tree Snow Globes from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls – Use a real tree branch to make a falling leaves sensory jar. The secret ingredient makes them fall at just the right speed!
Mason Jar Fall Tree Luminaries from Where Imagination Grows – These look amazing with our without candles and are deceptively simple to make!
Fall Popcorn Trees from Happy Hooligans – I love dyeing popcorn kernels and pumpkin seeds, but have never dyed popped popcorn!
Fine Motor Fall Tree Projects
With these fun trees, the kids get a fine motor muscle workout as they create!
Sticker Trees from Mosswood Connections – Stickers turn this fall tree into a fine motor activity, or use dot markers as shown above. Don’t miss the free printable tree template!
Yarn Wrapped Fall Tree from I Heart Crafty Things – This yarn wrapped fall tree is gorgeous, but it is also awesome for toddlers and preschoolers to work on strengthening fine motor muscles. It’s easy to prep as a busy bag, too.
Torn Paper Autumn Tree from Hands On As We Grow – Tearing paper is always so fun for kids! A beautiful fall tree craft that also strengthens small hands.
Q-Tip Fall Tree from Mess for Less – One of the classic fall tree art projects for kids! Use cotton swabs to dab leaves onto a construction paper tree. Gripping the cotton swabs provides a great fine motor muscle workout, as well!
Fall Play Dough Tree from Stir the Wonder – Use play dough and natural fall items to create a fall tree. This is a really simple invitation to play that can provide endless opportunities to be creative and work on those fine motor skills!
Fall Tree Art that Teaches Math and Literacy
You can use fall tree art projects to teach! I love these ideas for teaching literacy and math during the art process. There are also many easy ways to differentiate each one.
Fall Tree Paint by Number from Fun Learning for Kids – Add numbers to a tree drawing, then the kids practice their number recognition as they paint by number.
Mystery Letter Fall Tree from Buddy and Buggy – A great way to combine art and literacy in a super fun way! I love the way the letters magically appear, and I bet the kids can’t wait to see what letter comes next.
Fall Math Triangle Tree from Coffee Cups and Crayons – What a fun seasonal way to work on math concepts!
Now, the question is which fall tree art projects are you going to try first?! Pop back over and let me know how it goes for you and the kids.
Fall Preschool Lesson Plans
Save time with done-for-you lesson plans from Preschool Teacher 101. This set of fall plans is chock full of a week’s worth of hands-on learning in preschool (over 220 pages!). It comes with book suggestions, weekly plans, daily plans and lesson explanations, and a skills checklist. It also has coordinating printables included (see below)!
The fall lesson plans include the following printables:
1) 3 Fall Themed “10 Little…” Chants (apples, leaves, and pumpkins) with song cards and number posters
2) Beginning Sound Alphabet Puzzles (letters P, A, L)-in color and b/w
3) Fall Basket Counting Mats (1 to 20) and optional counting pieces-in color and b/w
4) Colors of Fall Emergent Reader
5) Fall Letter Puzzles-in color and b/w
6) Number Puzzles (1 to 20)
7) Fall Pattern Prompts and Pieces-in color and b/w
8) Fall Roll and Graph-in color and b/w
9) Pumpkin Patch Syllable Sort Activity Mats and Pumpkins-in color and b/w
10) Put the Leaves on the Tree Fall Dice Game
11) Fall Picture-Word Cards
12) Leaf and Acorn Number Cards (for calendar or math activities)
13) Get Dressed for Fall Activity-in color and b/w
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Fall Tree Books for Kids
No list of fall activities is complete without some accompanying picture books!! Don’t miss adding these tree and leaf books to your autumn collection. I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.
Originally published September 2014.
Samantha @ Stir the Wonder says
Thanks for including our fall play dough tree!
Thanks for featuring my paint by number tree! Have a great weekend! 🙂
You have some great activities here, Thank you for including us.
Katie Chiavarone says
These are great! SO many fun ways to make a Fall tree. Thanks for the inspiration!
Mary Catherine says
So glad you like them, Katie! 🙂