Fall is just around the corner. Can you believe it? It’s one of our favorite seasons because there are so many activities to do, both outdoors and indoors. On those rainy fall days, when you can’t get much outdoor time, give your kids one of these fun fall activity sheets for first and second grade. In our list below, you’ll find plenty of engaging and educational activities for writing, math, reading, science, and some that are just for fun.
But before we get to that, let’s talk about the autumnal equinox—the event that officially ends summer and begins fall.
The autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere happens every September. This year, it happens on September 22nd at 9:31 EDT. Did you know that on the equinoxes that the amount of daytime and nighttime are almost equal? The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a great gif showing exactly how the solstices and equinoxes work as the earth makes its way around the sun. This video from National Geographic explains in more detail what an equinox is.
Now that we’re well versed on the autumn equinox, let’s dive into the printable fall activity sheets that your kids or students can work on and enjoy the next few months.
Fall Activity Sheets for Kids
Autumn Friends Writing Activity from Artsy Momma: How many words can you make with the words, “autumn friends?” Find out! This is a fun and engaging way to get kids to think about how letters can be rearranged to make new words. Race against each other to see who can create the most words in three minutes or one minute. It’s even fun to play in pairs.
Roll and Color Fall Math from Fantastic Fun and Learning: What a fun way to practice addition facts! Roll two of the number cubes and color in the leaf with the correct sum or roll one cube and double the number. Kids will love practicing math this way.
Fall Fine Motor Lego Mats from Life Over C’s: Do your kids love playing with LEGOs? These fall fine motor LEGO mats make an excellent quiet time activity. They’ll learn how to arrange their blocks to make a sunflower, an apple, an acorn, a rake, a leaf, and more fall-themed objects.
Fall Leaf Hunt and Math Activities from Edventures with Kids: Get outside and enjoy the gorgeous fall leaves! Find green, orange, yellow, and red leaves, and use them for all sorts of fun activities. Try leaf rubbings, addition problems with leaves, creating patterns, and so much more.
Fall Leaves I Spy Printable from And Next Comes L: This is a fun quiet time activity for the kids finding leaves of different colors and shapes. You could also take it outdoors and see how many leaves of each shape and color you can find.
Leaf Sorting Workbook from Our Family Code: You’ll find wonderful ideas for your leaf collection here. One sheet in the workbook asks kids to tape their leaves, identify the size, and identify the colors in the leaf. The other helps them determine what type of tree the leaf comes from based on its shape. These will make cute additions to a fall scrapbook.
Fall Leaf Graphing Printable from Life Over C’s: Spend a beautiful fall afternoon outside collecting leaves for this educational and fun fall leaf graphing activity. Sort your leaves by color when you come back inside, and graph the number of each color you found.
Printable Autumn Worksheets
Addition Facts Coloring Page from Real Life at Home: For this activity, kids color in the addition fact families that add up to the number on the left side. This is a terrific way to work on memorizing addition facts, which is an essential skill for a first-grader.
Fall Color by Sight Word Sheets from Simple Everyday Mom: Color in adorable fall scenes by sight word! The sheets include a fox, a mouse, a rabbit, a basket of leaves, and apples. It’s such a creative way to reinforce sight words. These sheets are fantastic for kindergarteners, too.
Fall Leaves Sort by Size from Farmer’s Wife Rambles: You can use this sort-by-size worksheet a few ways. First, simply let the kids write numbers to order them according to size, with one being the smallest and five being the largest. Alternatively, let the kids practice their scissor work to cut out the leaf shapes and then put them in order. Finally, you can head outdoors to gather leaves of each type and then sort them!
Apple Picking Word Search from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary: Here’s a fun word find to complete after a day picking apples at the orchard or anytime during fall, really. It’s a terrific introductory word search for kids who are new to them because all the words can be found vertically, which simplifies things a bit.
Fall Word Search from Happiness is Homemade: If you think your kids or students are up for more of a challenge, try this fall word search featuring 20 fall-themed words. They can be found vertically, horizontally, diagonally, or in reverse. Word search puzzles are a fun way to introduce new vocabulary or spelling words.
Autumn Math Worksheets from Living Life and Learning: This fall-themed math packet includes two pages of skip counting, one fill-in-the-blank page (or fill-in-the-acorn, in this case), and two pages for working on comparisons. The fall theme makes working on math skills a little more fun.
Fall Dot-to-Dot Skip Counting Sheets from Itsy Bitsy Fun: Practice skip counting by fives with these cute connect-the-dots worksheets. You’ll find acorns, scarecrows, leaves, and more in this fun packet. Consider laminating them for your kids to work on over and over again to reinforce counting by gives.
Fun Printable Fall Activities
Nature Texture Scavenger Hunt from Edventures with Kids: Observe and record the textures of nature using this printable to find things that are soft, rough, bumpy, sticky, etc. Children who like to draw can draw their findings in each box; younger children may enjoy placing the objects in each box instead.
Thanksgiving Mad Libs from Happiness is Homemade: Need something fun to keep the kids entertained while dinner’s being prepared? This Turkey Day Mad Libs game is sure to get lots of laughs. Though younger ones may need a little help, kids in 2nd grade and above can use Mad Libs as a way to reinforce nouns, adjectives, plurals, etc.
Turkey on the Run Coding Sequence from Our Family Code: Help the turkey escape before he becomes Thanksgiving dinner! He needs to avoid a spooky spider, an oven, a hungry coyote, and a fearsome fox. Kids circle the up, down, left, or right arrow for each step to guide the turkey to freedom.
Autumn Nature Scavenger Hunt from Organized 31: Go outdoors and enjoy some time in nature. Take one of these nature scavenger hunt printables along with you. You’ll find several different versions, so you’ll be able to have lots of outdoor adventures taking in the gorgeous colors of fall.
I’m Thankful For Printable from Burlap and Blue: Fall is a beautiful time to reflect on your blessings and everything that you’re thankful for. This simple printable is appropriate for all ages—kids and adults alike. Write about whom and what you’re grateful for and why. Perhaps you can read everyone’s answers around the Thanksgiving table this year!
Fall Spanish Flashcards and Coloring Pages from Bilingual Beginnings: Is your child learning Spanish? Work on the seasonal words this autumn using these flashcards and coloring pages. You’ll learn the Spanish words for pumpkin, trees, squirrel, and other fall-related terms.
More Autumn Activities for Kids
For more autumn themed activities like these printable fall activity sheets, check out the following ideas for fall fun: