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stART ~ Fall Leaves Fall & a Little Family Fun! October 27, 2011

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Monday night we had our second meeting of our Family Fun group.  This time we met at one of the city’s Community Centers.  It gave us plenty of space, but we also had to be more organized to make sure we had all the supplies we needed.  Our theme for the evening was LEAVES!

 

 

 

For our stART project we read the book, “Fall Leaves Fall” by Zoe Hall.  This book is great for preschoolers since it is short and simple.  It talks about the season of fall.  We also talked about how there are two meanings for the word, fall, as in the title of the book.  The book also tells about all the fun things you can do with the leaves that fall from the trees in the fall.  When you have 2, 3, and 4 year olds listening to a story together you get lots of story participation – ha!

 

 

For our art project all the kids had brought 4 fresh, and different leaves they had collected outside.  We used crayons to make leaf rubbings into a leaf book.  I found the idea and pattern for this book here on the Michael’s website.  Prior to meeting I cut out four leaf patterns for each person as well as the same pattern out of a thin piece of cardboard for the cover of the book. 

 

The kids, with the help of their parents, laid each leaf underneath the paper leaf and rubbed on top of it with a fall colored crayon.  They repeated this for each of their 4 leaves. 

 

When this step was finished, the kids created their book cover from the cardboard leaf.  I brought along pages of alphabet stickers I’ve had forever in my stash.  It was a great activity for the kids to work with their parents to find the letters that spelled their first name.  When all the pieces were completed the parents punched a hole through all the pages and fastened them with a small brad. 

Next, we thought the kids needed some movement so we played a couple of leaf games.  First was the blow the leaf race.  I didn’t realize what a hard motor task blowing a leaf with a straw across the floor would be for a 3-year-old.  I was proud of them for persisting through the difficult task.  Second, we played the hide the leaf game.  For this game we taught the kids what “hot” and “cold” mean when you are looking for a hidden item.  They had fun with both games.

 

 

 

 

We ended our night with some fall songs and Kelly taught us some fall words in Spanish.  She sent home a coloring page with the words on it so we could practice.  We had so much fun!

This Is the Way
Written by Amber Leigh
Sung to “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”

This is the way we crunch the leaves, (march in place)
Crunch the leaves, crunch the leaves,
This is the way we crunch the leaves,
One early autumn morning.

This is the way we rake the leaves, (make raking gesture)
Rake the leaves, Rake the leaves,
This is the way we rake the leaves,
One early autumn morning.

This is the way we bag the leaves, (pretend to bag the leaves)
Bag the leaves, Bag the leaves,
This is the way we bag the leaves,
One early autumn morning.

Another Leaves Song
By Amber Leigh
Sung to “The Wheels on the Bus”
The leaves on the tree fall on the ground (wiggle fingers and bring hands down)
on the ground, on the ground
The leaves on the tree fall on the ground,
All through the Fall.

The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch (march in place)
crunch, crunch, crunch; crunch, crunch, crunch
The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch
All through the Fall.

The moms and dads will rake the leaves, (make raking motion)
rake the leaves, rake the leaves
The moms and dads will rake the leaves,
All through the Fall.

One autumn day we’ll jump in the leaves (jump up and down)
jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves,
One autumn day we’ll jump in the leaves,
Then the fall is done.

 

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