EYFS Autumn activity inspiration

Here at Edna we have really enjoyed seeing the ways that our childminders, nurseries and preschools are using autumn as a theme to invite their young learners to play. Through using starting points of autumn treasure walks through the park, collecting conkers and leaves and looking at useful books, they have shown clever ways of engaging the children.

We have collected together some of the best Autumn EYFS ideas from some inspirational parents, childminders and nurseries on Instagram and Pinterest to help you create some autumnal magic with your little acorns!

Don't forget to checkout our blog post on Hygge in the early years for even more cozy autumnal inspiration.

If you have any other great ideas tag them with #ednaapp and you could be featured in our next roundup, the theme will be Christmas!

Autumn spice play dough

A really useful blog from The Imagination Tree explaining how to make Autumn spice play dough.

Autumn Spice Play Dough Recipe
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DIY clay leaf bowls

A great article from Emma Owl detailing a super simple activity for creating your own clay autumn leaf bowls.

clay leaf bowls

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Inspiring autumn books

Claire from The Ladybirds Adventures gives us a great round up of 7 inspiring autumn children's books.

inspiring autumn books

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Corn music shakers

Encourage some imaginative music with these corn music shakers from Vanessa at Pre-K Pages.

Corn music shakers

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Autumn Leaf Sun catchers

Explore the world around us and use it to make some visual art with these Autumn leaf sun catchers.

Autumn Leaf Sun catchers

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Printable autumn leaf puppets and a song

Add a new join in song to your repertoire with this catchy autumn tune and leaf finger puppets

autumn leaf puppets

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Inspirational Instagram

A collection of early years Autumn inspiration from some great instagram accounts.

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An autumn fairy small world!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ๐Ÿต๏ธ๐Ÿ‚ . We used the materials we gathered the other day from our nature walk to make us this beautiful small world as an invitation to play! . I took a big cardboard box and cut it in half, placed a thick Styrofoam inside and covered it with a green cloth. We used toothpicks wrapped with elastic bands to help make the wooden sticks and branches stand upright as trees and two terracotta pots decorated with pebbles to make the fairy house! We also made six little people with diy air clay (recipe by @imaginationtree ๐Ÿค—) which we decorated with our nature findings (inspired by @fairydustteaching ๐Ÿค—) . We had a very busy and creative afternoon but we also had time to play! Aliki had the idea, she was the master architect, the maker of three of the six little people and of course the script writer of our play!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—

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This Yarn Wrapped Leaf Art is so pretty! A fabulous way to capture the colours of the season and build fine motor skills. An easy to make leaf craft with 6 free printable templates to choose from. A simple and fun Fall craft for kids of all ages. See the full details and get your templates here: https://kidscraftroom.com/autumn-yarn-wrapped-leaf-craft/ #leaf #leaves #Fallcrafts #Fallart #leafcrafts #leafart #Autumnart #Autumncrafts #yarncrafts #kidscrafts #kidsactivities #finemotorskills #yarn #kidscraftroom

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Leaf Lanterns ๐Ÿ‚ This week, @the.silvan.reverie and @montessorifromtheheart have given us a leaf theme @tagfromtheheart, so we decided to create autumn lanterns. We have piles of leaves from our frequent autumn treasure walks, so M chose the smallest ones and glued them to the outside of these glass jars. We added tea lights, waited for dark, and hey presto! Autumnal leaf lanterns ๐Ÿ

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We collected leaves on the way home from school this afternoon to make these lovely Autumn Flowers ๐Ÿ‚ #autumn #autumncrafts #craftykids #eyfs #earlyyears #forestchildcareprovider๐ŸŒณ #childminder #eastlondon

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One thing I like about autumn is all the different activities, today we made conker snails using our pen control, colours, motor skills, talking about autumn and insects aswell as expressive art ๐Ÿ’• #childminder #childmindersofinstagram #childminderplanning #childminderactivities #childcare #childcareprovider #childcareplanning #childcareactivities #earlyyears #earlyyearsplanning #earlyyearsactivities #eyfs #eyfsactivities #eyfsplanning #businesswoman #businessowner #education #learningthroughplay #artsandcrafts #art #processart #autumn #autumncrafts #autumn๐Ÿ #conkers

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LEAF DECORATING! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚ . It's absolutely freezing here this morning and the crafts have already begun! This one was inspired by my mum๐Ÿ˜Š . Leaves, glitter glue, eyes, paints and sequins and both the older and smaller ones are enjoying this this morning ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ . Hope you have a lovely Tuesday and stay nice and cosy โค . . . #childcareadventures #autumncrafts #autumndays #autumnplay #tagfromtheheart #leavesplayactivities

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The best time of the year for us ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฆ”. Collecting natural objects for crafts later in the day & week . #conkers #crafts #autumncrafts #leaves #fallingleaves #crunch#colourchange #nature #childminder #childmindersofinstagram #thornspark #squirrels #sticks #childminderactivities

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Story time in the woods while watching the squirrels run up & down the trees. There too high to grab a photo๐Ÿ˜ข but the children our enjoying watching and listening to #thenuttynutchase #whydoleaveschangecolor #funlearning #childmindersofinstagram #autumn #autumnideas #naturalplay #woods #squirrels #thornspark #autumncolours #childrensbooks #conkers #leaves #buttercuplanechildminders

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#pegdolls #childminder #eyfs #imagination #autumn๐Ÿ

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A former teacher, when she's not busy testing the latest Edna features Melanie volunteers at a local primary school.

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