Fall Leaves Story Time

Opening:

Hello Song (Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.

This is the way we wave hello,

Hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we clap hello…

This is the way we tap hello…

Talkabout:

Hello! Today we’re going to be talking about the movie Frozen! Have any of you seen it? Who is your favorite character? Mine is Sven, the reindeer. Alright first we’re going to read a story and then we’re going to make something really cool, so make sure you sit quietly and pay attention!

Book:

I searched and searched for some good “Leaves” books at my library, and here’s the three that I came up with.

Toddler level: (That’s who actually comes to my preschool story times)

Leaves by William Corderoy

Fall Harvest by Gail Saunders-Smith

Preschool-2nd grade level:

Fall Leaves Change Colors by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Activity:

A Fall leaf Candy-color painting (I don’t have the source for this one, sorry! I heard it from a nearby library director)

Print enough copies of this (or any) tree for all the kids. This is your base: http://www.kidzcoloring.com/4738-tree-fall/tree-fall-coloring-page

Then, have each kid lightly squirt the page with a couple of sprays from a water bottle.

Give them each a small cup of Reese’s Pieces candies to place (or dump) over the branches area!

You can either just leave them for a while or you can move them around a bit, smearing the colors if you want to get messy. (You could move them with tongue depresses or something you have lying around if you don’t want them to get messy. Whatever, it’s up to you!

I gave them some extra candies in a separate dishes to eat while they waited for the candies to leave their marks. You could also have them sing a song while they wait.

After a minute or two, the candies have left their marks all over the paper and you can take them off to throw away or what-have-you. I have a problem with throwing away good candy, but I didn’t make them wash first before touching them and they were wet and… yeah.

Let them dry! If possible, bring a hair dryer or something to speed up the process.

Here’s mine:

Autumn Reece's Leaves

Song:

Brown Squirrel

Brown squirrel, brown squirrel,

Swish your bushy tail. (Wiggle your tails!)

Brown squirrel, brown squirrel,

Swish your bushy tail. (Wiggle your tails!)

Wrinkle up your tiny nose, (Touch and wrinkle up your nose)

Hold a nut between your toes. (Point to your toes)

Brown Squirrel, Brown Squirrel,

Swish your bushy tail. (Wiggle your tails!)

 

another song option, and probably better fitting that I found here (along with many other great songs, check it out!): http://www.preschoolexpress.com/music_station07/fall-leaves-songs-rhymes-sep07.shtml

All The Leaves Are Falling Down (Tune: London Bridges Falling Down)

All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down

(Imitate leaves falling down)

All the leaves are falling down, it is fall.

Take the rake and rake them up, take them up, rake them up

(Imitate raking leaves)

Take the rake and rake them up, it is fall.

Make the pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in,

(Children jump forward)

Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall.

— Submitted by Diane Chancy

Closing:

Goodbye Song (Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

We wave goodbye like this.

We wave goodbye like this.

We clap our hands for all our friends.

We wave goodbye like this.

 

Hello and Goodbye songs borrowed from http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/p/hello-and-goodbye-songs.html

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