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Kindergarten Readiness: Fall Songs and Fingerplays

Do you remember any fall songs or fingerplays to do with your child? These are simple fun and learning activities that encourage kindergarten readiness. These can be done in quick minutes as you pour breakfast cereal, wash a face or zip up a jacket. Kids learn new words, language patterns, and rhythm. They stretch their memories and practice careful listening. In order to say the words and do the actions, kids have to coordinate their thinking. That’s a lot of learning in little bits of time!

photo by Kim Plumley

photo by Kim Plumley

Apple Tree Fingerplay:

This is the tree with leaves so green. (bend arm at elbow, point fingers up and wiggle, other hand points to the leafy-fingers)

Here are the apples that hang in between. (close hands into round fists)

On the ground, the apples will fall. (lower fists, one fist taps on top of the other)

Here is a basket to gather them all. (if appropriate, extend arms out in front like a big circle and “gather” your child in a big hug)

*Kids love this one, especially when parents tease, “I got you now big, juicy apple.”*

The tune Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is used for this song about leaves:

fall fingerplays and songsMother Nature Did You Sneeze?

Falling, falling, falling leaves.
Mother Nature did you sneeze?
Red ones, yellow ones, orange, and brown.
Big ones, little ones on the ground.
Falling, falling, falling leaves.
Mother Nature did you sneeze? A–a–a–choo!

Sneezing and throwing leaves is fun, before raking them up and ‘falling’ in. There are countless more songs and fingerplays. What ever ones you do with your child, are fun and learning at the same time. Which fall fingerplays and songs does your child like?

Kindergarten Readiness: Fall Nature Crowns

We could hardly wait to try this new idea we saw of a fall nature crown. It’s a great craft for kindergarten readiness and connecting to nature. The rain stopped overnight and a warm wind blew more leaves and seeds all around. First we cut out a crown using some packing paper and as soonContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness Fall Activity #Ate: Making Applesauce

Cooking with kids can happen at any season and here is a kindergarten readiness fun and learning activity especially for fall time: making applesauce. Applesauce is a favorite for kids’ snacks but it doesn’t just come in packages, it’s easy to make at home. To make applesauce, cut 2 or 3 apples into smaller pieces,Continue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Fall Magic Fun and Learning #7

Seven is apparently a magical number, so for some fall kindergarten readiness fun and learning, is a magic leaf activity: leaf rubbing. To do this magic, some flat fall leaves, a paper, and some wax crayons are all that is needed. To start the magic, a grownup can hide a leaf under a big pieceContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Fall Science Activity for Kids

This is fall fun and learning post #6, and here’s a few kindergarten readiness science tricks: checking to see if fall fruits and vegetables will float or sink. Children are natural scientists, they are always trying something to see what happens and they love to discover and explore. As adults, we forget how exciting manyContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness Fall Fun & Learning Activity #5

Since this play-of-the-day for fall is #5 and we have 5 senses, how about a fall sensory bin? All of us use information from the senses for interacting with the world around us. Children also use sensory information for learning about the world. This wonderful bin was created by my friend Cheryl Weatherhead at SunhillContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness Fun & Learning Fall Activity #4

Squares have 4 sides, so this fall activity for some kindergarten readiness learning and fun is about squares and other shapes. The inspiration for a play-of-the-day about shapes came from a brand new book called Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky and Susan Swan. In the story,Continue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness Fun & Learning Fall Activity #3

1, 2, 3, I’m as tall as a tree, in a shadow that is. Today’s fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness play-of-the-day has been inspired by shadows –and fall sun. There were a few sunny breaks in the day where we could go outside, but not until later in the afternoon, so it was a goodContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness Fun & Learning Fall Activity #2

Instead of one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish how about one leaf, two leaves, red leaf, blue leaf for a fun fall kindergarten readiness learning activity? This post has been inspired from reading the fun book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. And the activity? Going out toContinue Reading

Reading about Fall: Fun, Learning & Kindergarten Readiness

Do you think that “downloading” a library of children’s books onto your child’s “brain-hard-drive” would help for language fluency and later learning to read? That would be awesome if it could be done. Well, it can be and done easily too! By reading a few books a day to your child, a few days aContinue Reading

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