Fall Storytime 11-1-17

By Awnali Mills

Storytimes are back in session, and this week’s was all about the Fall.  The books I chose were Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre, and The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri.

We started off talking about all the fall colors and things we were seeing around us, and the squirrels we saw gathering nuts.  I brought out my squirrel puppet, and he brought us the letter F and a bunch of things that start with the letter F.  Then he went away and we sang If You’re Happy and You Know It to get our wiggles out.

Our first book was Full of Fall.  I love all the books by April Pulley Sayre, and this is no exception.  They’re nonfiction, and just right for storytime.  This morning, though, my group wasn’t feeling it.  Some kids were super antsy and their parents pulled them out before anyone had a chance to settle in.  Others were with me, but kept getting distracted by the antsy kids.  Near the end, everyone settled down, and we went into the song Autumn Leaves.

Autumn leaves are falling down, (Flutter fingers down)
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling on the ground.

The wind will blow them round and round (Walk in a circle)
Round and round, round and round.
The wind will blow them round and round
All around the town.

Take a rake and rake them up, (Pretend to rake leaves to the middle)
Rake them up, rake them up.
Take a rake and rake them up
All around the town.

Now let’s jump into the pile, (Jump into the circle)
To the pile, to the pile
Now let’s jump into the pile,
All around the town.
Credit: https://sunflowerstorytime.com/2015/11/01/fall-leaves/

Then I handed out bunches of felt leaves that had been glued together, and put a flannel tree up on the board.  I let the kids come up and put their leaves on the tree, and we talked about the leaves turning and falling down, and I pulled the whole thing off the board.

Squirrel and Nuts

Next, I reminded the kids about the squirrels gathering nuts, and handed out brown pompoms.  I pulled out the puppet again, and an oatmeal container that I had peeled the wrapper off of and decorated to look like a tree trunk.  I let the kids “feed” the nuts to the squirrel, who turned and stashed them in his tree trunk.  This was a nice segue into The Busy Little Squirrel.  The kids helped me on the refrain “He was too busy!”

Little Bird Little Bird

Our last flannel was Little Bird, Little Bird (from Mel’s Desk).  The kids got a real kick out of looking for Little Bird.  Then I handed out shakers and we did Shake Your Shaker:

(To the tune of Are You Sleeping?)
Shake your shakers, shake your shakers,
Like the leaves, like the leaves
That are falling, that are falling,
From the trees, from the trees.

Shake them high, shake them low.
Round about, to and fro.
Shake your shakers, like the leaves.
Falling down, falling down.
(I don’t know who to credit this to—I found something similar on MGOL, but to a different tune.)

Then we finished up with a nice round of bubbles, because bubbles are just like leaves.  Right?

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