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Autumn is just around the corner. Help preschoolers build motor skills with these leaf-themed fine motor activities that are perfect for fall!
If the leaves haven’t begun to change in your area, they will soon. Take time to explore fall leaves on your next preschool nature walk. Gather some large colorful leaves, and bring them home to examine their shape, color, and size.
Then, use them to complete some of the leaf-themed fine motor activities I’ve featured below. From lacing to painting and more, there is something on this list for everyone to enjoy.
Leaf Fine Motor Activities
Preschoolers can fine tune their fine motor skills as they work on sewing practice with real leaves. Freshly Planted
This fall pre-writing activity is inspired by the book, Leaf Man. It’s easy to adapt this activity to your child’s abilities. Books and Giggles
Be sure to collect a few large leaves on your next nature walk. Then, use paint markers to trace autumn leaf veins for a fun art project. Go Science Girls
This q-tip painted fall tree craft is fairly mess-free, and it’s a great way to help little ones work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. There’s Just One Mommy
Create your own leaf rubbing plates. Then, have your preschoolers work their hand and arm muscles as they create some beautiful leaf rubbings. Freshly Planted
Autumn offers a wide variety of items that are perfect for fall harvest stamping activities. Gather some autumn nature items, fall colored paints, and you’re all set. Every Star is Different
Little ones can create a beautiful garland as they complete this leaf threading activity. Kids Craft Room
This open-ended activity is perfect for all seasons. This fall, let your preschoolers decorate this tree coloring page with autumn stamps and colors. Mama Smiles
Preschoolers can practice sorting leaves by color on this DIY fall leaf felt color sorting mat. It’s super easy to whip up, and your kids can try one of three sorting activities. Stir the Wonder
With a variety of autumn colored beads and some fresh fall leaves, your kids can make a beautiful necklace or garland with this autumn leaf threading activity. Picklebums
Using scissors helps build fine motor muscles in the hands which are important when kids start writing. This fall Cut it Out! pack is a great way to practice cutting with scissors. This Reading Mama
Punching leaves with a paper punch really works fine motor muscles. When you add a few letters to those leaves, your preschool can make some word family trees. Deceptively Educational
When you set up a leaf sensory tray, kids can explore leaves with many different fine motor activities. Use a dropper to drip water. Use scissors to cut them. Use tweezers to pick them up. The possibilities are endless! Little Bins for Little Hands
Whether your kids are counting, sorting, or decorating this fall (felt) tree with leaves, be sure to teach them this fun color chant while you’re at it. School Time Snippets
I love this invitation to draw fall leaves. It’s a great way to explore chalk pastels (or crayons) this fall. Munchkins and Moms
From scissor practice to gluing on tissue paper squares, this fall tissue paper tree is tons of fun to make and will look fabulous on display this season. The Resourceful Mama
Kids will build fine motor skills as they pinch clothespins to decorate this fall tree with leaf clothespins. It’s simple enough for toddlers to do! Stir the Wonder
Cutting paper with scissors is a great way to engage little ones. With fall colored construction paper, preschoolers can help create their own autumn leaf fine motor and sensory play bin. My Mundane and Miraculous Life
Washable markers make this pretty leaf garland a relatively no-mess activity to do with your preschoolers this fall. Paper and Glue
Sand art is a great fine motor activity that helps kids work on their pincer grasp. Try this sand art fall leaf craft for a great autumn activity. PreKinders
Preschoolers can punch leaves out of actual leaves (with a leaf-shaped paper punch). Then, use those leaves to decorate a paper tree. Laly Mom
Which of these leaf-themed fine motor activities will you and your preschoolers try first?