Thursday, October 2, 2014

Natural Materials for the Preschool Classroom - Autumn

It's no secret that I love autumn, so it should come as no surprise that I like to include autumn-related natural materials in the classroom for the children to explore.  In fact, we spend a lot of time outside collecting these materials to bring into the classroom.  I've found that the children are more like to explore these things inside, when they get to be a part of finding them outside.  This also gives them a frame of reference for each of these items because they can remember where they were collected.  Here is a list of some of the things that you can typically find in my classroom during the autumn season - these are all items that are readily available in our area during this time of the year, the availability and appropriateness of natural materials will differ in different regions.


Colored leaves
Acorns
Straw
Soybean
Pumpkins
Field Corn
Corn Stalks
Soybean Pods
Mini Pumpkins
Black Walnuts
Osage Oranges
Gourds
Mums
Apples

This list should give you a great start - remember, natural materials don't have to stay in the science center. Consider the ways that you can use each of these in different areas of your classroom.  

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