Fall Leaves Storytime

Opening:  If You’re Ready for a Story Clap Your Hands

Story:  Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

[Medium bookjacket]

Fletcher hasn’t experienced fall before, and he tries to help keep the leaves on the tree.  The kids seemed to like this one well enough.

Leaves on the Tree (to the tune of The Wheels On the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown,
orange and brown,
orange and brown,
The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown all over town

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
tumbling down,
tumbling down,
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down all over 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.
(credit – Perpetual Preschool)

Action Rhyme: “Raking Leaves”
I like to rake the leaves (make raking motion with hands)
Into a great big hump (pretend to pile leaves)
Then I move back a bit (take a step or two back)
Bend my knees and jump! (jump)
Credit: Step By Step and Storytime Katie

Story:  Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root

Poor Oliver loses his way when he chases a yellow leaf.  The kids enjoyed letting me know what they thought Oliver should do to be found.

Little Leaves
Little leaves fall gently down,
Red and yellow, orange and brown
(raise hands and flutter fingers down like falling leaves)
Whirling, whirling round and round,
Quietly without a sound.
credit:  King County Library System

Popcorn
I am popcorn in a pan (crouch down)
Don’t forget my top ( use hand to make lid on top of head)
For soon I will be sizzling
And then I will begin to POP! (jump up at pop and repeat the word “pop”
again and again while jumping up and down)
credit:  Sturgis Kids

Story:  Leaves by David Stein

Similar to Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Counting Rhyme

Eeny, meeny, miney, moe,
I count fast and I count slow.
1-2-3-4-5

Watch my fingers come alive!
6-7-8-9-10

Want to hear me count again?
Credit:  Kings County Library

High Low Around We Go
We clap up high, we clap down low,
We jump, jump, jump and around we go.
Up and down, up and down,
Clap your hands and turn around.
(or . . .) Clap your hands and sit right down.
Credit:  National Network for Child Care

Story:  Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Small book jacket

Didn’t seem to work too well with my group

Pumpkin on the Ground- sung to”Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star”
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground,
How’d you get so big and round?
You started as a seed so small.
Now you are a great round ball.
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground,
How’d you get so big and round

Two Little Blackbirds
Story:  Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry

[Medium bookjacket]

Funny story about a squirrel who can’t remember where he hid his acorns

Closing:  Reach for the ceiling

Next time I’d use Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze by Maureen Wright.  It just didn’t arrive in time for me to use it for storytime.

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