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Fall Adventures

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SONGS, POEMS AND FINGERPLAYS

  1. Autumn Leaves
    Autumn leaves
    Falling, falling,
    Autumn leaves are
    Falling down.

    Red and green,
    Gold and brown,
    Autumn leaves
    On the ground.

    Autumn leaves
    Red and green,
    Gold and brown,
    Falling all around.

    Autumn leaves
    Falling, falling,
    Autumn leaves are
    Falling down.

  2. Fall-Time
    Fall-time is fruit time
    Peaches, apples, pears.
    Farmers show the best of these
    At the county fairs.
    But as for me, I like to eat
    Fruit that's juicy, ripe and sweet

  3. Autumn Magic
    Can you make green turn each Fall
    To red, yellow and brown?
    Autumn can.
    Can you touch a pretty leaf
    And make it tumble down?
    Autumn can.
    Now if this is what no one believes,
    Just take a look at Autumn leaves!

  4. Autumn Woods
    I like the wood in Autumn
    When dry leaves hide the ground,
    When trees are bare
    And the wind sweeps by
    With a lonesome rushing sound.

    I can rustle the leaves in Autumn
    And I can make a bed
    In the thick dry leaves
    That have fallen
    From the bare trees
    Overhead.

  5. Mr. Oak Tree
    (Sung to tune of "Where is Thumbkin?")
    Mr. Oak Tree,
    (Hold your arms above your head and sway)
    Mr. Oak Tree,
    Leaves float down,
    (Extend hands over head and flutter down)
    To the ground.
    Acorns dropping--plip, plop!
    (Clap once when each italicized word is sung)
    Squirrels a-scamp'ring--hip, hop!
    All around,
    (Move hands in front of yourself from left to right.) On the ground.

  6. It is Autumn
    (Sung to tune of "London Bridge")
    All the leaves are falling down,
    Falling down, falling down.
    Falling, falling to the ground
    It is Autumn!

    As they fall they twirl around,
    Twirl around, twirl around.
    Twirling, swirling to the ground.
    It is Autumn!

    Lots of colors touch the ground,
    Touch the ground, touch the ground,
    Red and yellow, orange and brown.
    It is Autumn!

  7. The Floppy Scarecrow
    The floppy, floppy scarecrow
    Guards his field all day.
    He waves his floppy, floppy hands
    To scare the crows away!

    Repeat the poem, replacing the red body-part word with each of the following in turn: arms, elbows, head, legs, knees, feet, ankles, toes.

  8. The Squirrel
    Whisky, frisky
    (Move finger puppet from side to side)
    Hippity hop!
    (Move puppet up and down in hopping motion)
    Up he goes
    To the treetop!
    (Move puppet high in air adn wiggle back and forth)
    Whirly, twirly,
    Round and round;
    (Move puppet counterclockwise in small circles)
    Down he scampers
    To the ground.
    (Lower puppet, wiggling it back and forth)
    Furly, curly,
    What a tail!
    (Move puppet counterclockwise in circles, beginning with small circles and increasing the circles in size gradually)
    Tall as a feather
    Broad as a sail!
    (Extend puppet high in the air; Wave extended arm back and forth)
    Where's his supper?
    (Lower arm with puppet and shade eyes with free hand)
    In a shell___
    (Hold free hand palm up and curl fingers into a fist)
    Snappity, crackity
    Out it fell.
    (Uncurl fingers so that free hand is open, palm up.)

    Mary submitted the following poems and songs--thanks!

  9. A Little Elf
    A little elf
    Sat in a tree
    Painting leaves
    To throw at me.

    Leaves of yellow
    And leaves of red
    Cam tumbling down
    About my head.

  10. Scarecrow, Scarecrow
    (Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
    Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow stretch up high.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow blink your eyes.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow kick your feet.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow flap like a sheet.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow bend so low.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toe.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow nod your head.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow go to bed!

  11. Scarecrow, Scarecrow
    (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)
    Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
    Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
    Raise your hands up to the sky.
    Clap your hands,
    then tap your knees.
    Turn around and tap your feet.

    Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
    Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose.
    Swing your arms so very slow,
    Now real fast to scare the crows!
    Touch your head, jump up and down.
    Not sit down without a sound.

  12. I Love Fall
    I love fall! Fall is exciting.
    It's apple and cider.
    It's an airborne spider.
    It's pumpkins in bins.
    It's burrs on dogs' chins.
    It's wind blowing leaves.
    It's chilly red knees.
    It's nuts on the ground.
    It's a crisp dry sound.
    It's green leaves turning
    And the smell of them burning.
    It's clouds in the sky.
    It's fall. That's why...
    I love fall.

  13. October
    (Tune: Frere Jacques)
    In October,
    In October,
    What do you see?
    What do you see?
    I see a gray squirrel
    Leaping on the trees

    In October,
    In October,
    What do you see?
    What do you see?
    I see Jack-O-Lanterns,
    I see Jack-O-Lanterns,
    Laughing at me,
    Laughing at me.

    In October,
    In October,
    What do you see?
    What do you see?
    I see children
    Saying trick or treat
    Saying trick or treat.

    In October,
    In October,
    What do you see?
    What do you see?
    I see leaves
    I see leaves
    Dancing on the streets.

  14. September
    The breezes taste
    Of apple peel.
    The air is full
    Of smells to feel-
    Ripe fruit, old footballs,
    Burning brush,
    New books, erasers,
    Chalk and such.
    The bee, his hive,
    Well-honeyed hum,
    And Mother cuts
    Chrysanthemums.
    Like plates washed clean
    With suds, the days
    Are polished with
    A morning haze.

    ~John Updike~

  15. The Leaves of the Tree
    The leaves of the trees turn orange and red
    orange and red, orange and red
    The leaves of the trees turn orange and red
    All through the town.

    The leaves of the trees come tumbling down,
    tumbling down, tumbling down
    The leaves of the trees come tumbling down
    All through the town.

    The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish
    Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish
    The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish
    All through the town.

    ~Irmgard Guertges~

  16. I'm A Scarecrow
    (Tune: Frere Jacques)
    I'm a Scarecrow,
    I'm a Scarecrow

    Standing in the corn,
    Standing in the corn

    Scare the crows away,
    Scare the crows away

    That's my job,
    That's my job

  17. Five Little Scarecrows
    Five little scarecrows
    by the old barn door,
    One went home
    and then there were four.

    Four little scarecrows
    by the old oak tree
    One went home
    and then there were three.

    Three little scarecrows
    with nothing to do,
    One went home
    and then there were two.

    Two little scarecrows
    out in the sun,
    One went home
    and then there was one.

    One little scarecrow all alone
    through the day,
    He scared the crows
    and they all flew away.

  18. Autumn Leaves
    Sung to the tune of London Bridges
    Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
    Autumn leaves are falling down down on the ground.

    Twirling and twisting they come down, they come down, they come down.
    Twirling and twisting they come down, down to the ground.

    Different colors you can see, you can see, you can see.
    Different colors you can see down on the ground.

    Take a rake and pick them up, pick them up, pick them up
    Take a rake and pick them up, up from the ground.

    Zulma writes: "It is a song that I've been singing with my class for the past three years. Then, the students are responsible of illustrating the meaning of the song." Thanks for sending, Zulma~
  19. Fall
    When is here I can sense it's near because the fresh pumpkins being carved will be probably looking like a car.
    The apples being bought brings a feeling that can give a lot of happiness.
    When Fall is here I mock the birds and ravens calling for cheer to the season of the year.
    -Elizabeth


ARTS AND CRAFTS

  1. Leaf Rubbings

    Have each child bring in a leaf with thick veins. Ask each child to fold a piece of newsprint in half to make an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card. Tape leaf inside the card's right-hand side. Then fold the card's cover over the leaf and lightly rub a crayon over it. The veins of the leaf will appear. Children may then write a fall poem or message inside the card.

  2. Creative Rubbings

    Give each child a piece of newsprint and several crayons. Take a walk into the schoolyard or down the hall. Demonstrate to the children how to hold the paper firmly on a textured surface and rub over the paper with the side of the crayon. Turn the paper in various directions to create an interesting design. Rub over grates, blacktop, tree bark, brick, etc. Mount the finished rubbings on 9x12 construction paper.

  3. Autumn Plaque

    Have children gather an assortment of acorns, pine cones, wheat stalks, etc. that are typical of the fall season. Also ask them to bring in different kinds of seeds, such as popcorn, beans, and peas.

    Give each child a 9" x 3" strip of corrugated cardboard or oaktag. Have children arrange a variety of objects in a cluster at the center of the cardboard. When satisfied with arrangement, glue in place.

    Use a hole puncher to make a hole near the upper corners of each child's strip. Thread yarn scraps through the holes and tie in place to make a hanger for autumn plaques.

  4. Sawdust Dough Plaques

    Have children make an autumn plaque using the sawdust-dough recipe below. Children will mold 2 1/2" balls of dough into flat shapes, about 1/2" thck. Then press their fall items into the dough. Poke a hole near top of each molded shape with a nail. Let sawdust-dough shapes dry for about three days. Then tie a piece of yarn through the hole to make a hanger.

    Sawdust Dough

    3 cups sawdust
    1 cup wallpaper paste
    2 cups water

    Put sawdust through a strainer to remove any large wood chips. In a large bowl, mix together the sawdust and wallpaper paste. Add water to make a claylike dough. Knead the mixture until it is smooth enough to be molded. (Makes enough dough for eight children).

  5. Fall-Leaf Stained-Glass Designs

    Take the class for a walk on a fall day and collect about four or five leaves for each child.

    Give each child a wooden ice cream stick or craft stick, a paper towel and some pieces of old crayon. Ask each child to make crayon shavings over the paper towel by scraping the side of the ice cream stick against the crayon.

    Next, arrange fall leaves on 12" long piece of waxed paper. Sprinkle crayon shavings in spaces between the leaves. Add a second sheet of waxed paper over this.

    With iron on low setting and waxed paper covered with towel, iron each child's arrangement. Of course, the crayons will melt, creating swirls of color and sealing the designs.

    Display the children's fall-leaf stained-glass designs by taping them onto a classroom window.

  6. Fall Finger Painting

    Give each child a piece of finger-painting paper and two or three colors of finger paint. Mix the colors on their papers and cover as much of paper as possible. Let the paintings dry overnight.

    Print out copy of the leaf pattern. Cut out, trace onto oaktag several times, and cut out again.

    Have children trace the oaktag leaf pattern onto the colored parts of their finger-painting papers and cut out the leaf shapes.

    Cut out a large tree trunk adn branches from brown construction paper or mural paper. Staple to bulletin board and display children's leaves on the tree.

  7. Autumn Tree

    Use crayons to draw the trunk and branches of a tree. Dip sponges in tempera paint, fall colors. Paint the leaves on tree with sponges.

  8. Squirrel Homes

    Print out squirrel pattern and have children trace the pattern onto gray construction paper. Draw eyes, nose, whiskers, and mouth with fine-line markers.

    Give each child a toilet paper tube (this is the trunk) and let them paint tubes brown. Let dry.

    With black marker, let each child color a circle, about 1 1/2" in diameter, on tube near one end.

    Glue squirrel head onto black circle so that squirrel is peeking out of hole in tree trunk. See illustration on squirrel pattern page.

    Cut out three or four branch shapes from brown construction paper and glue them inside top of tree trunk to complete tree.

    Use "The Squirrel" fingerplay above with the childrens' creations.

  9. Handful of Fun

    Trace around the child's hand and forearm on brown construction paper. Cut out and glue the created "tree trunk" onto a sheet of black paper. Then have children use colorful crumpled tissue paper for leaves for the tree.


RECIPES

  1. Caramel Apple Cakes

    Spread caramel apple dip on rice cakes. Top with chopped apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

  2. Frozen Pumpkin Treats

    For each child, mix 1 tsp. pumpkin-pie filling with 3 tablespoons whipped topping. Spread on one graham cracker and top with another graham cracker. Freeze.

  3. Individual Pumpkin Pies

    For each child: Measure 1/4 cup of vanilla pudding, 1 tsp. canned pumpkin and dash of pumpkin spice; mix together. Put mixture in single-serve graham cracker crust and top with one candy pumpkin.

  4. Squirrel Crispies

    1 cup peanuts
    1 cup M&M's
    1 cup raisins
    1 cup Honey-Nut Cheerios

    Mix all ingredients in large bowl; place 1/2 cup of mixture into each individual resealable plastic bag. Distribute a bag to each student.


OTHER ACTIVITIES

  1. Nuts!

    Place a pair of tongs in a basket of unshelled mixed nuts. Put another basket beside it. Children should transfer nuts from one basket to the other using just the tongs.

  2. Science Experiment

    Using one-inch coffee filter strips, have child to position a leaf horizontally across the strip about two inches from bottom. Using a popsicle stick, have child gently rub his leaf to transfer some of its pigments onto his strip. Pour rubbing alcohol into a jar so that is is about one inch deep; then have child insert his strip into the jar. Leave strip in jar for about 30 minutes; remove and allow to dry.

    A green spot and yellow streak formed on the strip. Leaves contain several color pigments. As alcohol moved up the strip, it dissolved and separated the green and yellow pigments. When we look at a leaf, we see the green pigment, chlorophyll, because there is more of it. Other color pigments are present too, but they are masked by the chorophyll. In the fall a leaf stops producing chlorophyll and we can see its other pigments.

  3. Leaf Collection

    Start a leaf collection in the classroom. Ask children to collect leaves at home and bring them to class. Go on a group walk to add to the collection. Compare the kinds of leaves. How many different ones can you find? Make a chart.


FALL BOOKS

  1. 100 Games for Fall by Josep Maria Allue
  2. Everything for Fall: A Complete Activity Book for Teachers of Young Children: Activities for September, October, and November by Kathy Charner (Editor)
  3. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
  4. Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro
  5. Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins
  6. Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy Hutchings
  7. Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
  8. Squirrels by Brian Wildsmith
  9. Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall
  10. How Do You Know It's Fall? by Allan Fowler


FALL COLORING SHEETS

  1. Scarecrow
  2. Apples
  3. Leaves
  4. Pumpkin
  5. Squirrel
  6. Schoolhouse


OTHER FALL UNITS AND RESOURCES AT ALPHABET SOUP

  1. Don't Play with Fire!
  2. Apple Activities
  3. Back to School
  4. Seasonal Nameplates and Back to School Helpers
  5. Halloween at Alphabet Soup
  6. Thanksgiving at Alphabet Soup
  7. Writing Paper for Fall and Fall Holidays
  8. Halloween Traceables
  9. Personalized Halloween Greetings
  10. Tommy Turkey Personalized Notes


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