Storytime: Fall Festivities

(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.

Books:

  • 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.)

Activity:

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!

Songs/Fingerplays:         

(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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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

 

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