A Montessori inspired Autumn unit with freebies

It’s September! 

Time to dive into Autumn and explore the wonders of my favourite season.

Maybe it’s because it’s my birthday season but since I was a little girl, I have loved Autumn the most.

In this post, I will share some Autumn Montessori-inspired ideas, my favourite Autumn books, and a round-up of fabulous Autumn ideas.

Autumn’s activities:

  • What would be autumn without a collection of conkers, acorns, and so on? This is probably one of my favourite activities for this season. We learn about what we collected, we display those natural items on our nature’s table. And we use the conkers in various activities.


  • Counting with conkers or acorns, pinecones…

  • sorting by size: here I drew around the conkers and my toddler had the sheet as a control of error

  • Transferring conkers


  • Pin punching around an acorn template

  • Exploring leaves

I laminated some that we have used in different ways.

  • Art with autumn leaves: print with leaves, paint the leaves, and so on…


Some more ideas:

  • it’s a time for apple picking and to taste the various kinds of apples: we do this every year in the playgroup. I select different apples, and we cut and taste them.
  • I also love my Apple Corer and slicer. Find it here

  • After we have cut the slices, you can also put the pieces in a sandwich bag, sprinkle some cinnamon, and let your toddler shake shake shake! 
  • We generally study the parts of the apple and obviously cut an apple to do so. 
  • I have already seen some ornamental pumpkins in the shops. We love to have a few on display. And it’s great to add some into a language basket or on the nature table.


This month, our Montessori box is all about Trees! A great topic to explore in September! (topic in September 2022).

Update: September 2023 is Weather followed by Apple in October 2023!

More info here.

Books we are reading:

Here are the books we are reading at home and in the playgroup.

Books I want to add to our collection:


Autumn freebies:

I made a few printables that you can use in many ways:

  • Cutting strips:

Cut strips of paper and let your child cut the small pictures to use in any craft.

  • Autumn pictures

Print these A5 pictures on card stock on laminate them. I generally use a coloured background and make a set for each season. Use them to talk about the seasons, to tell stories and to develop vocabulary. 

  • Number leaves

I like to vary my cards and counters activity. I tend to change the number cards according to the seasons or to follow my children's interest

Enjoy these leaves number cards

  • Apple and apple tree nomenclature cards

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.