Saturday, October 11, 2014

Falling for Fall Storytime

Fall is in full swing here in Northeast Ohio, so it was appropriate to do a fall storytime last week!

Books I shared:


I used 2 similar felt boards this week using a felt tree that I made 2 falls ago.  I don't love the tree (it could be a LOT more aesthetically pleasing) but it serves its purpose.  One of these sessions I'll buy more brown felt and make a new tree!

Feltboard: “Five Little Leaves”
Five little leaves on the tree next door, one fell off and then there were four.
Four little leaves all over the tree, one fell off and then there were three.
Three little leaves where the wind blew, one fell off and then there were two.
Two little leaves sitting in the sun, one fell off and then there was one.
One little leaf in the tree all alone, the wind blew and blew now there are none!
Feltboard: 5 Little Acorns (use squirrel puppet or stuffed animal if we have one!)
Down around the corner by the big oak tree
Sat five little acorns looking so yummy
Along came a squirrel with a big bushy tail.
He took one acorn and ran off down the trail.
(4,3,2,1).


Fingerplay: “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a big circle)

Movement Song:   “Autumn Leaves”
Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down (flutter fingers down)
autumn leaves are falling down, we love autumn!
Take the rake and pile them up, pile them up, pile them up (pretend to rake leaves)
take the rake and pile them up, we love autumn.
Jump right in and toss those leaves, toss those leaves, toss those leaves (jump and pretend to toss)
jump right in and toss those leaves, we love autumn!

For my Music In Motion storytime, I brought out the parachute for the first time in storytime, and it was a HUGE hit!  We "popped popcorn" like you might buy in the fall at a pumpkin patch or fall festival.  I tossed in about a dozen cotton balls and when we shook the parachute, it really did look like popcorn popping!  Of course, then the kids wanted to run underneath the parachute, and I was nervous about them having head-on collisions, but it all went very smoothly and there was lots of giggling and requests afterwards to bring out the parachute again soon.  I don't know why it took me so long to use it as a storytime prop!  Great fun.

For our craft this week, I went with simplicity:  we glued leaves and apples onto a tree.  I cut the trees with our Ellison machine and used paper punches for the leaves and apples.  Easy peasy!

All in all, this was a great storytime!  We're Going on a Leaf Hunt was a wonderful read-aloud for storytime, and the kids loved the ending. Doing leaf rubbings as a craft would have also been perfect for this theme, but we don't have a lot of leaves on the ground just yet here, so I went with something that I could prep in advance.  

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