Preschool Fall Theme

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Fall Concepts

*Fall is one of the four seasons.
*Fall is the season between summer and winter.
*Some trees change color in the fall.
*In some places the weather becomes cooler in the fall.
*Leaves fall from some trees in the fall.
*Oktoberfest, Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving are some fall holidays.
*Scarfs and sweaters may be needed in the fall.
*Pumpkins and apples can be harvested in the fall.
*In fall, the sun rises later in the day and sets earlier than in the summer.
*Football is a fall sport.
*Frost may appear at night or in the mornings and we may be able to see our breath.
*There are usually more rainy and cloudy days than in summer.
*There are usually more storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes than in summer.
*The soil gets harder in the fall.
*Some trees remain green and are called evergreens.
*Some birds and butterflies fly south where they can find food more easily.
*Some animals grow thicker fur to keep them warm.
~Submitted by Barbie

Book List

Autumn - Colin McNaughton
Autumn - Lucille Wood
Autumn - Nicola Baxter
Autumn Story - Jill Barklen
Fall is Here - Bertha Parker
Frederick - Leo Lionni
Fresh Fall Leaves - Betsy Franco
How Leaves Change - Sylvia Johnson
I Found a Leaf - Sharon Lerner
Leaves - Fulvio Testa
Look At The Leaves - Rena K. Look
Picking Apples and Pumpkins - Amy and Richard Hutchings
Red Leaf,Yellow Leaf - Lois Elhert
Seeds Get Around - Macmillan 1993
Squirrels - Brian Wildsmith
The Cinnamon Hen's Autumn Day - Sandra Dutton
The Seasons - David Lambert
Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose - Tomie dePaola
When Dad Cuts Down the Chestnut Tree - Pam Ayers
Why Do Leaves Change Color? - Betsy Maestro
Wonders of the Season - Keith Brandt

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Songs & Fingerplays

It Is Autumn - sung to "Skip To My Lou"

It is autumn up in a tree.
It is autumn up in a tree.
It is autumn up in a tree.
Up in a tree it's autumn.

Leaves are changing up in a tree...
Leaves are falling from that tree...
Squirrels are living up in a tree...
Acorns are growing up in a tree...

~Submitted by Betheny

Did You Ever See A Tree? - sung to "Did You Ever See A Lassie?"

Did you ever see a tree,
A tree, a tree?
Did you ever see a tree,
A tree in the fall?

There are red leaves and orange leaves,
And yellow leaves and brown leaves,
Did you ever see a tree,
A tree in the fall?

Did you ever see the wind blow,
The wind blow, the wind blow?
Did you ever see the wind blow
A tree in the fall?

The (red) leaves all fall down.
The swirl down to the ground.
Did you ever see the wind blow
A tree in the fall?

The (yellow) leaves all fall down...
The (orange)leaves all fall down...
The (brown) leaves all fall down...

~Submitted by Betheny

Active Autumn Song

Practice color identification and listening skills with the songs. In advance, dupilcate a leaf pattern onto yellow, orange,red and brown construction paper enough for everyone. Laminate the leaves; then cut them out. punch a hole near the top of each leaf; then string it onto a like colored yarn to make a necklace. During the group time, give each child a necklace. Have the group stand to sing the song. Direct each child to touch the floor when his color of his leaf is heard in the song.

~Submitted by Betheny

Autumn leaves are falling down,
Orange, yellow, red and brown.
See them blowing all around,
Whirling, swirling to the ground.

~Submitted by Cindy

Little Leaves - sung to "Ten Little Indians

One little, two little, three little leaves,
four little, five little, six little leaves,
seven little, eight little, nine little leaves,
ten little leaves fall down.

~Submitted by Barbie

Down By The Oak Tree - sung to "Down By The Station"

Down by the oak tree
On an autumn morning,
See all the yellow leaves
Whirling to and fro.
See how they twist and turn,
Whirling, whirling, whirling.
Down, down, down, down,
Off they blow.

Repeat, substituting the names of other colors for yellow.

~Lois E. Putnam

5 Little Leaves - sung to "Five Little Ducks"

5 little leaves, so bright and gay
Hung on a tree one nice fall day
The wind came blowing round and round
And one little leaf came tumbling down.

(4 little leaves, etc.)

The Squirrel - fingerplay

Whisky, Frisky
Up he goes
To the top
Whirly, Twirly,
Round and round
Down he scampers
To the ground
Furly, Curly,
Tall as a feather
Broad as a sail
Where's his supper
In a shell
Snappity, Crackity,
Out it fell.

Leaves - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

All join hands and circle round
While we watch the leaves fall down.
See them twirling to the ground
See them whirling all around.
See them skipping here and there
See them flipping in the air.
Autumn leaves so peacefully
Falling, falling from the tree.

~Jean Warren

Leaves - fingerplay

Little leaves fall gently down
Red and yellow, orange and brown (flutter hands as leaves falling)
Whirling Whirling around and around (turn around)
Quietly without a sound (put finger to lips)
Falling softly to the ground (begin to fall slowly)
Down and down and down and down (lie on floor)

~Submitted by Barbie

Raking Leaves

I like to rake the leaves (raking motion with hands)
Into a great big hump (pretend to pile leaves)
Then I move back a bit
Bend my knees and jump!

~Submitted by Barbie

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said "Oh my it's getting late."
The second said "There are witches in the air."
The third one said "Well I don't care."
The fourth one said "Let's run and run and run."
The fifth one said "I'm ready for some fun."
OOOH went the wind and out went the light! (clap hands)
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll hands over each

~Submitted by Barbie

Autumn Leaves - Sung to "Mulberry Bush"

Summer leaves are hanging,
Hanging, hanging
Summer leaves are hanging
All day long. (stand with arms outstretched)

Autumn leaves are turning colors,
Turning colors, turning colors,
Autumn leaves are turning colors
All day long. (turn around)

Autumn leaves are falling,
Falling, falling,
Autumn leaves are falling
All day long. (lower yourself to floor)

Autmn leaves are dancing,
Dancing, dancing,
Autumn leaves are dancing
All day long. (dance)

Autumn leaves are being raked,
Being raked, being raked,
Autumn leaves are being raked
All day long. (a few children can gather the group closer)

~Gail Klayman

Five Red Leaves

Five red leaves, five and no more (hold up 5 fingers)
The caterpillar ate one, now there are four (thumb down)
Four red leaves, that's easy to see.
Along came a rainstorm, now there are three. (index down)
Three red leaves, nothing much to do.
A big wind blew, now two! (middle down)
Two red leaves, that's not much fun.
I glued one on my paper (ring down)
Now there is one. (hold up pinky)
Hang on, pretty red leaf! Your branches won't break.
You're one less leaf for me to rake!

~Submitted by Barbie

Leaves, Leaves Falling Down - sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Leaves, leaves falling down, (Wiggle fingers downward)
Falling on the ground.
Red, Yellow, Orange and Brown,
Triangle, oval and round.
(With each thumb touching and each forefinger touching, make shapes.)

~Susan A. Miller

Leaves Are Falling 'Round the Town - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Leaves are falling 'round the town
Watch them fall right on the ground
Autumn's coming, it is true
Then comes winter just for you
Leaves are falling 'round the town
Falling, falling all around.

~Judy Hall

Raking Leaves

My poor back will surely break,
If one more leaf I have to rake!
Crusty, rusty brown leaves!
Dusty, blustery red leaves!
Crunching, bunching, scrunching beneath my feet.
In a pile of crispy leaves, I'll find a welcome seat!

~Submitted by Barbie

Woodland Forest Friends

Squirrels scurry,
Rabbits hurry,
Ants hide
Food inside
Woodland friends, everywhere,
For long winter
Must prepare.
And just in time
They pile away their stock -
All without benefit
Of calendar or clock!

~Submitted by Barbie


Fall is leaves that fall to the ground.
Fall is pumpkins all around.
Fall is a chilliness in the air.
Fall is coats and sweaters to wear.
Fall is for Halloween coming soon.
Fall is for the huge harvest moon.
Fall is gradually shorter days.
Fall is a squirrel gathering nuts as he plays.
Fall is a lot of things for you and me.
Fall is a beautiful season to see.

~Dianne M. Waggoner

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