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Apples, Pumpkins and All about Fall

Orange you glad it's fall? The colors and sounds of fall inspire many moments to play and learn.  Your children know what an apple is, but do they know the word orchard?  Reading books, talking about what is all around and remembering to have fun harvests a crop of eager and wise learners.

Children who are given time to create art and tell stories develop an understanding of how elements work together.  They develop strong motor, math, and language skills.  They also enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

 

Take some time to celebrate Fall through these songs, crafts and activities:

  • Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins tells the tale of an apple tree that loses its apples one by one to hungry animals. It’s a wonderful story to act out. Make a simple tree for the classroom and put apples on it. Take apples on and off to demonstrate different numbers.
  • Have children dip their hands in red paint except for their thumbs. Paint their thumbs green. Now it’s easy to make apple handprints.
  • Create Pink Lady apples by drawing faces in pink cupcake liners and top with green pipe cleaners.
  • Paper plates can be colored or painted to represent the wide variety of apples that exist.
  • Apple prints have a great star effect when the apple is cut in two, dipped into paint and pressed onto paper.
  • Talk about the different names for all the Apples, like the Golden and Red Delicious apples. Then have your children mix red and yellow paint to create a new breed of orange apples!
  • Play a Pumpkin Patch Matching Game. Create a pumpkin template that your children can trace. Have them each make a matching pair of jack-o-lanterns and then flip them over, lay them on the floor and try to match the pairs!
  • Turn over a paper bowl, paint it orange and let the children paste black triangles on the face to create their own unique Jack-o-Lanterns.
  • Sing some of these songs about Fall:

Pumpkin song (tune: I'm a little teapot)
I'm a little pumpkin
Orange and round.
Here is my stem,
There is the ground.
When I get all cut up,
Don't you shout!
Just open me up
And scoop me out!

Five Little Pumpkins (tune: Five Little Monkeys)
Five little pumpkins
Sitting on a gate
The first one said,
"Oh, my, it's half past eight!"
The second one said,
"There are witches in the air!"
The third one said,
"Good folk, beware!"
The fourth one said,
"We'll run and run and run!"
The fifth one said,
"Let's have some fun!"
OOOOOOOH, went the wind
And OUT went the light
And the five little pumpkins
Rolled out of sight

Two little apples (tune: This old man)
Way up high, in a tree,
Two red apples smiled at me.
So I shook that tree as har-r-rd as i could.
Down came the apples. Ummmmm, were they good!

Apple Seed (tune: Itsy, Bitsy Spider)
Once a little appleseed was planted in the ground
Down came the raindrops, falling all around.
Out came the big sun, bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew to be an apple tree!

Little Red Apple
A little red apple, Hung high in a tree
I looked up at it, and it looked down at me
"Come down, please" I called, And what do you suppose
That little red apple, Dropped right on my nose!

 

What are some of your favorite things to do with your children this season?


Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Amazon Says: On a day perfect for apple picking, the bunny family heads to Long Hill Orchard. Mr. Miller takes them to the trees on his wobbly farm wagon and tells them all sorts of fun fa more...
Amazon Says: On a day perfect for apple picking, the bunny family heads to Long Hill Orchard. Mr. Miller takes them to the trees on his wobbly farm wagon and tells them all sorts of fun facts about fall's favorite fruit. Nancy Elizabeth Wallace has painstakingly glued in place simple cut-paper shapes to give her illustrations their bold colors and three-dimensional quality. Her story includes a recipe, an apple-print project, apple sayings, and an apple song for parents and children to share. less...
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The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Amazon Says: Two sisters rejoice as the colorful blossoms on their tree develop into big, red, and ready-to-pick apples. This concept book about how things grow includes an easy recipe for more...
Amazon Says: Two sisters rejoice as the colorful blossoms on their tree develop into big, red, and ready-to-pick apples. This concept book about how things grow includes an easy recipe for apple pie. "An appealing study for young children." - Kirkus Reviews less...
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Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Amazon Says: "When red and yellow leaves are on the trees," a little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose "the best pumpkin of them all." Back home, she h more...
Amazon Says: "When red and yellow leaves are on the trees," a little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose "the best pumpkin of them all." Back home, she helps to carve a grinning jack-o'-lantern face on the big orange pumpkin, which guards their doorstep on halloween night while her mother hands out shiny red apples and she and her father go trick-or-treating with the neighborhood ghosts and goblins. Bold, autumn-colored paintings and a simple but lively story capture a little girl's joy and satisfaction as she shares in the excitement of the fall season. less...
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Amazon Says: Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll! Toddlers will want to more...
Amazon Says: Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll! Toddlers will want to chant along with this popular rhyme again and again. Dan Yaccarino's vibrant and bold illustrations bring these pumpkins to life with personality and style. Toddlers are sure to laugh out loud as these pumpkins roll out of sight! less...
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Amazon Says: We can be sure of this: It's a circle without end. It'¬?s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins To pumpkin seeds again! This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. more...
Amazon Says: We can be sure of this: It's a circle without end. It'¬?s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins To pumpkin seeds again! This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle -- a bug'¬?s eye and a bird's high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing . . .and then going back to earth. An author's note explains how to grow your own pumpkin. Educators, please visit our Resources section, above, for teaching guides and curricula. Awards1999 Parent'¬?s Guide AwardReviews"If you weren't a pumpkin lover before, you will be after checking this neat book out." -Fast Forward magazine "Eye-catching full-color photography and rhyming text. . . . An excellent choice for fall pumpkin studies."-Public Schools of North Carolina's Infotech"Your books will help us put an emphasis on early reading and help improve the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding farmers and agriculture."-American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture less...
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Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
Amazon Says: A Halloween story with just the right amount of spookiness for preschoolers. Trick or treat, pounding feet, jack o'lanterns line the street. It's Halloween night! The rising more...
Amazon Says: A Halloween story with just the right amount of spookiness for preschoolers. Trick or treat, pounding feet, jack o'lanterns line the street. It's Halloween night! The rising moon lights the way for trick-or-treaters and sets the mood for a spooky celebration where imagination rules. Award-winning author/artist Denise Fleming turns her talents to every child's favorite holiday. less...
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Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor
Amazon Says: Pumpkin heads and jack-o-lanterns of all varieties abound when Halloween comes around. more...
Amazon Says: Pumpkin heads and jack-o-lanterns of all varieties abound when Halloween comes around. less...
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Amazon Says: This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree. more...
Amazon Says: This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree. less...
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Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Amazon Says: Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. "Save one for more...
Amazon Says: Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. "Save one for me," calls the farmer. But what about the farmer's wife?Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone! less...
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