Toddlers: Fall & Moose

Fall is on its way and kids are seeing moose cows and their calves everywhere here in Alaska. Storytimes about topics like the seasons and local animals are a must for helping kids relate to the stories they hear and understanding the world around them.

Welcome Song: Hello Everybody

Action Song: Open Shut Them

This next feltboard story I told first with felt leaves (or bunches of spruce needles) and then using our fingers. Counting is an important toddler and preschool math skill which I include every week in some form another. It may be counting to three before we start a song or action or counting as we share a story like this one, for example.

Feltboard: Five Autumn Leaves
Five autumn leaves, five and no more, [Hold up 5 fingers.]
The caterpillar ate one, now there are four. [Thumb down.]
Four autumn leaves, that’s easy to see.
Along came a rainstorm, now there are three. [Index finger down.]
Three autumn leaves, nothing much to do,
A big wind blew, now there are two! [Middle finger down.]
Two autumn leaves, that’s not much fun,
I glued one on my paper [Ring finger down.]
Now there is one. [Hold up pinky.]

Hang on, pretty autumn leaf!
Your branches won’t break,
You’re one less leaf for me to rake!

Now we had the opportunity to be leaves!
Action Song: Leaves Are Twirling
(tune: Frere Jacques)
Leaves are twirling
Leaves are twirling
All Around
All Around
They are falling softly
Very, very softly
To the ground
To the ground.

Book: Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root and Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press, 2006)
Kids at my library all know what moose look like, but before we read this story we talked about some of their characteristics so we could find them camouflaged in the story. I explained we were going to help the kids in the story spot the moose. We have some very good spotters!

To reinforce the differences between moose and people, we followed the story with the hokey pokey, moose style.
Action Song: Moose Pokey!
You put your right hoof in (use foot)
You take your right hoof out.
You put your right hoof in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Moose Pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

*You put your left hoof in…
*You put your antlers in…
*You put your tail in…
*You put your whole self in…

Movement: Bubbles!

Ring Around the Rosie
Ring (or skip or hop, etc.) around the rosie
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!

The cows are in the meadow
Eating buttercups
Thunder, lightning,
We all jump up!

Closing Rhyme: Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the Clouds. Tickle Your Toes.
Turn Around,
And Tickle Your Nose!
Reach down low. Reach up High.
Storytime’s over, wave goodbye!

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