(Hey, y’all! I’m sorry to just now get this out to you! This was LAST week’s storytime. It was just a hectic week and I apologize! I will have another for you this Thursday.)
The leaves are really putting on a show here in East Tennessee. Even though it is still in the 80’s here, it was a great time to have a fall storytime.
- Hooray for Fall by Kazuo Iwamura (Three sweet squirrel babies prepare for winter while noticing the changes fall brings. )
- Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson (Mouse has a lot of fun exploring fall leaves for the first time!)
- Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (I love this book because it demonstrates art in nature. It also uses real leaves for the artwork, as well as identifies the leaves.)
- It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall (This book shows us what it takes to grow a pumpkin.)
- Who Loves Fall? by Bob Raczka (This is a very simple book, but provides lots of talking points. For example: What is a corn crop reaper? A combine. And gathering the corn is called harvesting. What is a winged migrator? They mean birds that are flying south for the winter.)
I actually had three crafts this time! I used kits, but I am sure you could replicate this on your own without buying them.
Pumpkin Stamping: I purchased die cut pumpkins from a local teacher supply store and set out the fall colored dot markers.
Pumpkin Sticker Patch: This kit is also from Oriental Trading. I think I paid $4.00 per dozen. You get pre-colored pumpkins and a bunch of stickers to decorate it with.
Leaf Ornaments: These kits came from Oriental Trading, but you could recreate the craft with foam or even construction paper. All you need are some whimsical gems to glue on!
(Special note: For the first song, “Leaves are Falling Down,” I always use precut leaves and pretend to be the tree dropping my leaves as I sing. The kids love to play catch the leaves as they fall! After, we “rake” them into a pile with our fingers to help clean up!)
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