One thing I do when a new season approaches is evaluate our traditions for that season. Lark (nearly 3) loves music, finger play, rhymes, and repetition, and so I keep a small list of favorite handgames, poems to recite, and the like. We’ve memorized our favorites and sometimes we sit on the floor and have a planned circle time. At other times, I might use one to get her attention. I thought I’d share a few for autumn from various sources:
Ten Red Apples
10 red apples grow on a tree (put both hands up and out to make a tree)
5 for you and 5 for me (hold out the five fingers of each hand one at a time.)
Let us shake that tree just so (hold out hands and shake them)
And 10 red apples fall down below (make fingers fall down.)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (count each finger).
Autumn showers, Autumn rain, wash the apples clean again
Like a leaf or a feather
In the windy Autumn weather
We twirl a-round and twirl a-round
And all float down to-gether.
5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
(1 hand up, all fingers showing)
The 1st one says “oh my, it’s getting late!”
(1 finger up)
The 2nd one says “what’s hiding over there?”
(2 fingers up)
The 3rd one says “there’s something in the air.”
(3 fingers up)
The 4th one says “let’s run and run and run”
(4 fingers up)
The 5th one says “get ready for some fun”
(5 fingers up)
Then WHOOSH goes the wind
(“whoosh” with your hands)
and out goes the light
(close hands in a tight ball)
and the 5 little pumpkins roll out of sight.
(roll your arms around and around while you bow to the ground)
There’s also a great related post here. Do you or your kiddos enjoy this kind of thing?