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Autumn Activity for Preschool – Easy Pine Cone Pom Pom

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This autumn activity for preschool using pine cones and pom poms is a great way to use ordinary objects for strengthening fine motor skills! 

Fine Motor Skills Shine with This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Hiding pom poms inside pine cones and then tasking your preschooler to pick them out, may look easy, but it can be tricky for little hands!

Their hands and fingers will have to coordinate with their eyes to remove each, one at a time. Their pincer grasp will be strengthened as they are removed too!

Plus, tasking them to remove all of the pom poms and then providing other sensory materials like water and some cups is a fun way to turn this fine motor skills activity into a sensory play activity! 

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Watch This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Watch this fine motor skills activity in action! 

You’ll see how my daughter, at 2 years old, enjoyed picking the pom poms out of the pine cone and then asked for water to turn this set up also into a sensory play activity.

I quickly added faux leaves (use real fall leaves if you have them!) and other fall-themed items along with sensory tools. She enjoyed picking all the pom poms and mixing everything up into a watery soup!

 

Watch This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Watch this fine motor skills activity in action! 

You’ll see how my daughter, at 2 years old, enjoyed picking the pom poms out of the pine cone and then asked for water to turn this set up also into a sensory play activity.

I quickly added faux leaves (use real fall leaves if you have them!) and other fall-themed items along with sensory tools. She enjoyed picking all the pom poms and mixing everything up into a watery soup!

More Autumn Activities for Preschool

We love all things Fall and have created a bunch of different printable activities that can extend the playful learning!

First off, don’t miss our Thanksgiving bundle of activities – it includes 16 unique activities that will help your kiddo strengthen scissor skills, alphabet recognition, number recognition, fine motor skills, writing, coloring, phonics, matching, and so much more.

We also have a fun Fall Leaf Craft that is a really great way for kids to visualize a leaf transforming from a green leaf into a colorful Autumn leaf!

Plus, our free printables Pin the Peg on the Turkey and Trace the Pumpkins worksheet will continue to strengthen kid’s fine motor skills!

 

Materials

  • Acorns
  • Water
  • Tongs, Spoon, or other tools

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Place pom poms into pine cones. The further you place them inside, the harder it will be for your kiddo to pick out!

Step 2

Provide the pom pom-stuffed pine cones to your kiddo along with other sensory materials to extend the play!

Step 1

Place pom poms into pine cones. The further you place them inside, the harder it will be for your kiddo to pick out!

Step 2

Provide the pom pom-stuffed pine cones to your kiddo along with other sensory materials to extend the play!

Benefits of This Autumn Activity for Toddlers

For all the reasons listed above, the main benefit of this activity is strengthening fine motor skills! Fine motor skills are incredibly important and an essential part of early childhood development.

Additionally, this activity provides a fun sensory experience if you also include water and other textures to explore.

Providing objects that are Autumn-themed can spark conversations all about Fall, leaves, acorns, and the cooler weather which is great for language development!

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

For more fun fine motor skills activities, check out our comprehensive list!

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

Benefits of This Autumn Activity for Toddlers

For all the reasons listed above, the main benefit of this activity is strengthening fine motor skills! Fine motor skills are incredibly important and an essential part of early childhood development.

Additionally, this activity provides a fun sensory experience if you also include water and other textures to explore.

Providing objects that are Autumn-themed can spark conversations all about Fall, leaves, acorns, and the cooler weather which is great for language development!

For more fun fine motor skills activities, check out our comprehensive list!

More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Here are some top picks for games and tools that will strengthen motor skills!

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

Color Sorting Rainbow

Strengthen motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

Alphabet Maze

This magnetic maze activity is a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills while also building upon letter recognition skills!

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