For Tot-School this month we had a Fall Fun theme. We had fun with Candy Corn, Pumpkins, Leaves, Apples and more. T loved this unit because he got to be outside a lot and explore the season of fall for the first time.
- Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
- We Love Fall by Diane Muldrow
- Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
- Fall Harvest Bringing in Food by Martha E. W. Rustad
- Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
- Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington\
- Life Cycles Pumpkins by Robin Nelson
- Jack-o-Lanterns by Lola M. Schaefer
- Safe Kids Fire Safety by Dana Meachen Rau
- Fire Safety in Action by Mari Schuh
- Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin Jr.
- Ten Apples Up On Top! By Theo. LeSieg
- Scarecrows by Calvin Harris
- Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
- Julius’s Candy Corn by Kevin Henkes
- Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry
- Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall
- Leaves Fall Down by Lisa Bullard
- The Leaves on the Trees by Thom Wiley
- Leaf Jumpers by Leslie Evans
- Leaves by David Ezra Stein
- Scarecrows by Lola M Schaefer
- Watch Apple Trees Grow by Mary Ann Hoffman
Tot-Tub #1 (top left) Scooping Acorns
Tot-Tub #2 (top right) Lacing Pumpkins
Tot-Tub #3 (middle) Sorting Seeds
I had these foam shapes of an acorn, pumpkin, and apple. I got some seeds of each and let T sort them onto the correct shape. (He insisted on working this tot-tub while talking on the phone to his Uncle!)
Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Candy Corn Colors
Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Do-A-Dot Fun
For this tot-tub I gave him some do-a-dot papers to work on. I printed out a few of these Dot Markers pages for him. Sorting Leaves & Apples
I used page 26 of Part 2 of this Fall Pack for T to sort his leaves and apples.
I am Thankful
I found this I am Thankful tree for T to color and add stickers too.
Leave Window Stickers
Color the Leaf
I found this Leaf Color Book on pages 19-21 of the Fall Tot Pack for T to work on.
How Many Leaves on the Tree
I printed out this Fall Leaves Counting Mat from this Leave Pack I found.
He counted 10 leaves.
I found this Leaves Spinner in this Leaves Pack. I let T spin the spinner and then place that color of leaf on the matching leaf color.
T did page 21 in his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts book. He placed his hands in orange paint and made his handprints for the fall leaves.
Raking Leaves Craft
- Craft Sticks
- Construction Paper
- Real Colored Leaves
- Collect a few colored leaves and glue them in a pile at the bottom of your paper.
- Glue the craft sticks on in the shape of a rake.
Fall Tree Craft
- Brown Crayon
- Dead Leaves
- Help child draw a tree trunk.
- Color the trunk brown.
- Collect dead leaves from the yard.
- Crumple them up and glue the pieces to the branches of the tree.
Five Little Pumpkins
- Foam Pumpkin Stickers
- Craft Sticks
- Card Stock
- Blue & Brown construction paper
- Use blue paper for the sky.
- Add brown construction paper for the ground.
- Glue on craft sticks to look like a fence.
- Add the pumpkin stickers to the top of the fence.
- Read poem with child.
Five Little Pumpkins:
(Hold your arm across in front of you for the gate and then with the other finger hold up 5 fingers for the pumpkins. Add a finger for each number you are singing about.)
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “We don’t care!”
The third one said, “There are leaves all in the air!”
The fourth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
Then Whoooooosh… went the wind,
And out went the light!
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
T counted and colored 3 pumpkins on page 19 in his A Beka Learning Numbers with Button Bear book.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Pumpkin cookie cutter
- In a bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
- In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms.
- Roll out dough and press pumpkin shaped cookie cutter into the dough, place on baking sheet.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned and let cool.
Fingerprint Pumpkin Patch
- Orange Ink Pad
- Green Marker
- Place your finger on the orange ink pad and then place the finger prints on the paper for the pumpkins.
- Then use the green marker to draw the vines touching to each orange print.
Tissue Paper Pumpkin
T used page 29 of his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts book for his tissue paper pumpkin craft.
We visited Eckert’s pumpkin patch to choose our pumpkins for this fall.
We decided to carve the pumpkins that we got at the pumpkin patch.
- First we cut off the top and pulled out all the seeds.
- Then we gave T a rubber mallet and a metal star cookie cutter.
- We placed the cookie cutters where we wanted the eyes to be and let T hit them with the mallet.
- Next I cut the mouth for him.
- Then we place the tiny candle inside and lit it.
- Card Stock
- Dry Coffee Grounds
- Dry Oatmeal Oats
- Draw a simple acorn onto the card stock and cut it out.
- Let your child spread glue with a paintbrush on the bottom part of the acorn.
- Sprinkle coffee grounds on the bottom until it is all covered.
- Lightly shake off any that didn’t stick.
- Then paint the top with glue and put oats on it.
- Lightly shake off any that didn’t stick.
How Many Crows?
I printed out the How Many Crows page for T to practice his counting.
I printed out pages 3 and 4 of this Scarecrow Tot Pack for T to review his shapes.Apple Color Song
T watched the Apple Color Song.
Tissue Paper Apples
- Apple Outline
- Red, Green, & Brown Tissue Paper (1 inch squares)
Apple Spinner Graph
I found this Apple Spinner Graph for T to spin and add the color of apple that it landed on to his graph.
10 Red Apples
Read:Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
- Apple Printouts
- Cut out the printouts and lay them on the floor. Or use real apples.
- Let the child line them up in order as you read the book.
Finger Paint Apple Tree
- Toilet Paper Tube
- Green Construction Paper
- Brown, Red, Yellow and Green Paint
- Paint the tube with brown paint.
- Cut out a tree top shape from the green paper.
- Use your finger and dip it in the red, green, and yellow paint to add apples to the tree top.
- Cut 2 slits on one end of the tube opposite each other.
- Slide the tree top into the slits.
Color the Apple
I printed out page 16-18 of the Tot- Pack for this Color the Apple book for T to practice his colors.
T used page 13 in his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts book. First he glued on his worm then colored the apple.
Ten Apples Up on Top
Read: Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg
- Picture of the child
- Apple Printouts or 10 real Apples
- White paper
- Count out 10 paper apples use real apples.
- Glue the picture to a long piece of paper or place the picture on the floor.
- Glue a paper apple one on top of another, on top of their head, counting as they do this. When all 10 apples are on top of their head, count them again with your child and write the numbers 1-10 on each apple. Or stack apples above child’s head.
T used page 5 of his A Beka Arts & Crafts with Button Bear book. First he glued the apples on and then we read the poem together.
Pass the Apple
- Paper Plate
- Red, Green, & Yellow Paint
- Cut the apples in half from the stem to the flower.
- Place paint on the paper plates.
- Child dips the apple in the paint and puts the print on his paper.
Stop, Drop, and Roll