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EHS Autumn Traditions

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

Changes to Environment

Overalls Flannel shirt Plastic Fall Foods i.e. Pumpkin, Apple, Corn, etc Fall colored sand Magnifying glasses Brown, green, red, orange paper, crayons, pencils, large pom poms, etc  Hay Dirt Plastic shovel Plastic rake Plastic wheel barrow Farm Animals Baskets Straw Hat Tractor Flannel shirt pieces Fake sunflowers Watering can Barn Empty Oatmeal and/or Cream of Wheat Container Leaves Pine Cones Squirrel Stuffed Animal Autumn File Folder Game Football Water table: plastic fall foods, orange water, watering can, red measuring cups, brown spoons, etc Sensory table: fall colored sand, leaves, sticks, rake, shovel, tractors, small baskets, etc

Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Glue tissue balls on cut out corn stalk 2. Nature collage 3. Glue parts of the scarecrow 4. Talk about the colors of Autumn, look at colors. 5. Bingo dot fall colors 6. Farmers market pretend play 7. Fall wreath (glue fake leaves on a paper plate that middle has been cut out of) 8. Color with fall colors 9. Reach for the leaf

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Nature walk 2. Harvest time (lay plastic vegetables around the playground and children can crawl/walk and gather the vegetables in their baskets) 3. Sensory Bowling (roll a bowl and knock over sensory bottles) 4. Throw cut out or real leaves in the air

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Scarecrow (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around, Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground. Stand up tall and blink your eyes Raise your hands up to the sky. Clap your hands then tap your feet. Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose. Swing your arms so very slow, Now real fast to scare the crows Raise your head, jump up and down Now sit down without a sound. 2. Fall Into Fall Fall into fall, the most colorful season of all. Orange and gold, red, yellow, and brown, Leaves are swirling all around. September, October, November, fall is here. At the end of December, we know winter’s near. Fall into fall, the most colorful season of all. Orange and gold, red, yellow, and brown, Leaves are swirling all around. Football, and pumpkins, and hayrack rides abound. Most of the leaves that were once on tree, are now upon the ground. Fall into fall, the most colorful sea on of all. Orange and gold, red, yellow, and brown, Leaves are swirling all around. The air is getting colder, the wind is getting strong. The days are getting shorter, but we keep singing this song. Fall into fall, The most colorful season of all. Orange and gold, red, yellow, and brown, Leaves are swirling all around. 3. All About Autumn I want to tell you all about Autumn, That’s another name for fall. It begins at the end of September, When the days are short and the trees are tall. Autumn is a time to change the clocks, We fall an hour behind. We get an extra hour to sleep at night, ‘Cause that’s what happens when we rewind. I want to tell you all about Autumn, That’s another name for fall. It begins at the end of September, When the days are short and the trees are tall. Autumn is a time for Halloween, Wearing costumes while we trick-or-treat. Walking around our neighborhood, Collecting so much candy to eat. I want to tell you all about Autumn, That’s another name for fall. It begins at the end of September, When days are short and the tree are tall. Autumn is a time for Thanksgiving, Let’s be thankful for the food on our plate. And all of the good things in our lives, With our family, we celebrate. I want to tell you all about Autumn, That’s another name for fall. It begins at the end of September, When the days are short and the trees are tall. 4. Old McDonald Had A Farm 5. Let’s Build a Scarecrow Let’s build a scarecrow, First the body, Then the head, A big straw hat, And a scarf of red. Buttons for eyes, A carrot nose, A mouth made of stiches, In two smiling rows

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. Way Up High Way up high in the apple tree (hands above head) Two little apples smiled at me (form apples with hands still raised) I shook that tree as hard as I could (shaking motion) Down came the apples (drop hands) Ummmmmm. Were they good! (rub stomach) 2. Autumn Leaves (tune: London Bridge) Autumn leaves are falling down (wiggle fingers) Falling down, falling down Autumn leaves are falling down. All around the town. The wind will blow them round and round (roll hands) Round and round, round and round. The wind will blow them round and round All around the town. They’re drifting gently to the ground, (hold hands high then wave hands to floor) to the ground, to the ground. They’re drifting gently to the ground. All around the town. Take a rake and rake them up, (pretend to rake the leaves) Rake them up, rake them up. Take a rake and rake them up All around the town. 3. Four Little Leaves Four little leaves hanging from a tree, Looking as lovely as can be. Whoosh went the wind and one leaf said, “Ill meet you on the ground. I’m the color RED.” Three little leaves hanging from a tree, Looking as lovely as can be. Whoosh went the wind and another fell down. This little leaf was the color BROWN. Two little leaves hanging from a tree, Looking as lovely as can be. Whoosh went the wind. Oh my, it was cold! Another leaf fell. It was the color GOLD. One little leaf hanging from a tree, Looking as lovely as can be. Whoosh went the wind and the leaf started to sway, But it was still GREEN, so it had to stay! 4. Chipmunk, Chipmunk Chipmunk, chipmunk, turn twice around. Chipmunk, chipmunk, touch the ground. Chipmunk, chipmunk, climb a tree so high. Chipmunk, chipmunk, wave good-bye! 5. Five Little Turkeys Five little turkeys I once knew, Fat ones, skinny ones, short ones too! But the one little turkey with the itty-bitty waddle, He said good-bye with a “Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!” Continue until no turkeys left. 6. Let’s Build a Scarecrow First the body, Then the head, A big straw hat, And a scarf of red. Buttons for eyes, A carrot nose, A mouth made of stiches, In two smiling rows


Teaching Concepts for Distance Learning


1. Charades

Private message one child with the word card. This child then pantomimes this clue while the other children guess the answer.


2. I Spy

Pick an item that can easily be seen by all the children and chare a clue.

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