Fall Pin Punching and Tracing Cards – Free Fine Motor Printables

As the leaves start to change and the air becomes crisp, it’s the perfect time to inspire your child’s learning with fall-themed activities. Our Fall Pin Punching and Tracing Cards are free fine motor printables that offer engaging and engrossing activities for your child. These printables feature autumn-themed images that will boost your child’s creativity and teach them new skills like tracing, cutting, punching, and drawing. By incorporating these free printables into your child’s learning routine, you’re sure to create a fun and educational experience!

Fall pin punching cards free fine motor printable.

Are you looking for fun and engaging activities to help kids develop their fine motor skills? One great option for this is Montessori Fall Pin Punching and Tracing Cards, which can be used to create fun and educational activities for children.

The Montessori method emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning and self-directed exploration, and these Pin Punching and Tracing Cards support those principles. Children use tiny scissors or a hole punch to trace the outlines of autumn-themed images such as leaves and acorns.

These fine motor printables are perfect for children ages three to five and can be used in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas to get started:

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  1. Pin punching and tracing: Children can use the cards as intended, using a hole punch or scissors to trace the outline of the image and then a pencil or crayon to color them.
  2. Sensory play: These cards can also be used to create a sensory bin or tray filled with dried leaves, acorns, and other autumn treasures. Children can use the cards to identify and sort the items by type or color.
  3. Scavenger hunt: Hide the cards around the room or outdoors and challenge children to find and identify each image.

Here are the steps to do a Montessori push pinning fine motor activity:

Materials needed:

  • Push pins
  • Cork board or foam board
  • Printed coloring or tracing sheets
  • Pencil or marker


  1. Choose a printed coloring or tracing sheet that your child is interested in.
  2. Place the sheet on top of the cork board or foam board.
  3. Use a pencil or marker to trace or draw around the edges of the image onto the board.
  4. Give your child a push pin and show them how to hold it with their thumb and index finger.
  5. Encourage your child to carefully push the pin through the cork board or foam board along the lines of the traced image. Remind them to push straight down and not to tilt the pin.
  6. Once they have completed tracing the entire image with the push pins, they can remove the printed sheet to reveal their finished artwork.


  • Make sure the push pins are sharp enough to penetrate the board easily but not so sharp that they are dangerous for your child to use.
  • Start with simple images and increase the difficulty as your child becomes more confident with the activity.
  • Supervise your child while they are using the push pins to ensure their safety.

This fall fine motor printable is designed for preschool children aged 3 – 5. This fall-themed resource contains cards for push pinning, cutting and/or tracing.

Every classroom has children who can benefit from activities that support fine motor development and help them improve their hand-eye coordination. This activity will assist your young students in strengthening their finger muscles.

Here is what’s included:

  • Forest elements for tracing and pin punching x 12

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Forest, Autumn, Nature Table, Fine motorPrewriting, Scissors skills

How to use this resource:

The printable contains 12 cards with fall nature elements.
Please note that push pinning activities require constant adult supervision.

Here is how you can use these printables to create Autumn Cards or decorate your classroom.

Print the pages on cardstock or regular printing paper.

Gather a giant push pin for pin punching, padding to absorb the pricks, glue, paints & brushes or corks, and pieces of construction paper (orange, brown, red, or yellow colors).

Invite the child to choose a card and poke out an outline. Carefully tear the picture shape.

The child might like to color the punched shape using fall colors for classroom decor or to make a garland.

To make a card – invite the child to glue the pin punching card onto construction paper and decorate the frame by dipping one end of a cork into paints and leaving leaf prints around it.

Alternatively, use Pin Punching Cards to make a coloring booklet.

Print on printing paper. Cut cards. Invite the child to trace and color forest elements and staple pages.

Montessori Fall Pin Punching and Tracing Cards are a great way to help children develop their fine motor skills while also learning about the changing season. They can be used in a variety of settings, from homeschooling to childcare settings, and are easily adaptable to suit the needs and interests of individual children. So why not give them a try and see how they can inspire creativity and learning in young children?

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.