"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

08 January 2016

Storytime: Fall

I know, I know: It's not fall right now. It's very obviously winter. I did, however, do this storytime during fall, but wasn't able to post it until now. There were too many other things, particularly Dinovember, taking up valuable real estate on my blog. So if you are planning a fall storytime and need some books, here are my suggestions:

Opening Rhyme: Open them, Shut them

Book: Hooray for Fall! by Kazuo Iwamura

Rhyme: Mother Nature, Did You Sneeze
Falling, falling, falling leaves
Mother nature did you sneeze? (Aachoo!)
Red ones, yellow ones, orange and brown,
Big ones, little ones, on the ground
Falling, falling, falling leaves
Mother nature did you sneeze? (Aachoo!)

Book: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Rhyme: Fall
Around we go and around we go. (twirl to the left).
A-whirling with the wind. (twirl to the right)
Down we go and down we go. (move body lower)
A (color name) leaf to find. (pick up a leaf from the floor)
*for this rhyme I had scattered a bunch of leaf die cuts on the floor, and the kids actually had to pick up the leaves for each color I named. They LOVED this activity, and even the littlest ones could participate

Song: "If You’re Happy and You Know It"

Book: Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead

Rhyme: Five Red Leaves
Five red leaves, five and no more
The caterpillar ate one, now there are four
Four red leaves, that's easy to see.
Along came a rainstorm, now there are three.
Three red leaves, nothing much to do. A big wind blew, now two!
Two red leaves, that's not much fun.
I glued one on my paper; Now there is one.
Hang on, pretty red leaf! Your branches won't break.
You're one less leaf for me to rake!

Song: "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"

Book: Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Goodbye Rhyme

Craft: We did leaf rubbings! They were a lot of fun and the kids and parents both enjoyed them. 

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