Category Archives: Apples

Fall Frolics Storytime

Recommended Books

Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2009.

Right about the time school opens, Grandma announces to the family that it’s time for applesauce and the adventure begins. From buying the apples at the farmers’ market to washing and cooking the apples down, the family works together to make a variety of apple treats. Includes a recipe for applesauce, to help you create your own traditions.

One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book by Kathryn Cave. New York: Henry Holt, 2002. A South African girl named Nothando plants a pumpkin in this beautifully photo-illustrated picture book. The story is actually three books in one: On the left hand side of each spread is simple text that offers a basic counting story – just enough for a toddler audience. For preschoolers, librarians can also read the extended story in the middle of the page. For older readers, a sidebar on the right offers more cultural background to the story. Each throughline is a complete readaloud unto itself, or two or more parts can be combined if desired.

 

Prop Rhyme

“Two Little Apples”

1) Using posterboard, cut a tree shape. Cut out the top of the tree from green felt and glue it over the posterboard.

2) Using either clip art, a die cut machine or freehand drawing, create two apples from felt. If you want the apples to have some thickness to them, glue two felt apple shapes together and stuff cotton balls in the center.

3) Punch two holes in the tree, several inches apart, about half way down from the tree top.

4) Run a piece of green yarn through the two holes – the ends coming through the front decorated side of the tree.

5) Attach the yarn ends to the apples, either tied to the stems, glued or taped on, or glued into the middle of two pieces of felt.

6) Attach the rhyme below to the back of the board. When saying the rhyme, place the apples in the tree with the yarn loose in the back. As you shake the tree, the apples will shake down the front. Give each child a turn shaking the tree as you say the rhyme.

“Two Little Apples”

(traditional)

Way up high in the apple tree,

Two little apples smiled down at me.

So I shook that tree as hard as I could.

Down came the apples!

Yum, yum, they were good!

 

Fingerplays

“Leaves”

The leaves have fallen to the ground (wiggle fingers)

The leaves have fallen without a sound. (hold finger to lips)

But soon it sounds like we’re eating lunch, (pretend to eat)

Every time we walk the dry leaves crunch. (walk in place making “crunch” sounds)

Then our parents rake the leaves in a huge pile (pretend to pile up leaves)

And in we jump with cheers and smiles! (jump in place)

 

“Windy Day”

The wind blows the leaves on the tree,

the branches sway back and forth like me. (hold arms up and sway side to side)

Soon some leaves get caught in the wind,

it takes them round and round for a spin. (spin)

A gust takes them up as high as a plane (raise on tip-toes and reach up high)

then gently lays them down again. (sit down)

 

Action Song

“Picking Apples”

(to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”)

Picking apples from the tree,

Picking apples from the tree,

Picking apples from the tree,

Picking apples for you and me.

 

Craft

Fall Trees

Materials needed: one paper towel roll, tree top shape cut from white construction paper, markers or crayons or paint, glue, leaves.

Directions:

  1. Cut two slits in the top of each toilet paper roll.
  2. Place the tree top shape in the two slits so that it stands up.
  3. Decorate the tree using crayons, markers, or paint and/or by gluing on bits of real leaves.