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Fall Fun!

Looking for a fun rhyme or song about trees for children?  Try out these!

"ALL THE LEAVES ARE FALLING DOWN Tune:  “London Bridges Falling Down”
 All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down
 (Imitate leaves falling down)
 All the leaves are falling down, it is fall.
 Take the rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up
 (Imitate raking leaves)
 Take the rake and rake them up, it is fall.
 Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in,
 (Children jump forward)
 Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall." (Music & Rhyme Station, 2011.)

 By:  Diane Chancy

"THE LEAVES ON THE TREES Tune:  “The Wheels On The Bus”
 The Leaves on the trees are yellow and brown,
 Yellow and brown, yellow and brown.
 The leaves on the trees are yellow and brown,
 All through the town.
 The leaves on the trees are falling down,
 Falling down, falling down.
 The leaves on the trees are falling down,
 All through the town.
 The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound,
 Crunching sound, crunching sound.
 The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound,
 All through the town.
 Let’s rake all the leaves into a mound,
 Into a mound, into a mound.
 Let’s rake all the leaves into a mound,                                                                                                                               All through the town.
 The children in the town jump up and down, 
 Up and down, up and down. 
 The children in the town jump up and down
 On the leaves on the ground."  (Music & Rhyme Station, 2011.)    

 By:  Jean Warren

Enjoy fall crafts with your children- Here are a couple of great ideas to try out!

Activity Summary: This simple craft is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall, even for the younger set.  No patterns are required, just sticks, foam or felt and a little imagination.

What You Need:
1 jumbo craft stick
7 mini craft sticks
Foam or felt in red, orange and green scissors
Hot glue gun or white craft glue
Brown acrylic craft paint

What You Do: Paint one side of all the craft sticks brown and let dry. Repeat on other side. Glue mini craft sticks onto the jumbo craft stick as branches. Cut out leaves from foam or felt, simple ovals and diamond shapes are fine. Glue leaves to the ends of the branches. Let dry completely."  (Kinder ART, 2011.) 

 By:  Amanda Formaro


"Finger Paint Fall Tree

Finger paint a tree with yellow, brown and red leaves to create a colorful autumn tree.

 Materials:  -Sketch paper or construction paper

                   -Brown crayon or oil pastel

                   -Tempera paint or finger paint
1.  Draw an outline of a tree trunk on sketch paper or construction paper. Color the trunk with brown crayon or oil pastel.   *If you are looking for a tree trunk pattern, print out this tree template.

2.  Prepare finger paint or tempera paint in shades of brown, yellow, red, and orange.

3.  Dip your finger onto one color of paint and start finger painting the leaves.

4.  You can use one finger or all of your fingers for painting. Paint with all the colors in your palette until you've filled the tree with autumn leaves.

5.  Finger paint a ground at the base of your tree. Move your finger from side to side to spread out the paint.

6.  You can also finger paint some fallen leaves on the ground or paint on birds, clouds or whatever detail you like.

7.  Allow the paint to dry before putting up your lovely autumn picture on display."  (First Palette, 2012.)

FUN Fall Activity:  Take you children to an apple orchard to pick apples!  Take them in the field so that they get the experience to see what an apple orchard is all about!  Have them take a basket and help them choose the apples they would like.  Take the time to explain to them how the apple trees grow and produce apples.  They would have a BLAST!


FUN Kids Tree Jokes

"Q: What did the little tree say to the big tree? A: Leaf me alone!"  (Ducksters, 2012.)

"Q: How can you tell that a tree is a dogwood tree? A: By its bark!"  (Ducksters, 2012.)

"Q: What kind of tree can fit into your hand? A: A palm tree!"  (Ducksters, 2012.)

"Q: Why did the leaf go to the doctor? A: It was feeling green!"  (Ducksters, 2012.)   

"Q: What did the beaver say to the tree? A: It's been nice gnawing you!"  (Ducksters, 2012.)

 "Q: What did the tree wear to the pool party? A: Swimming trunks!"  (Ducksters, 2012.)


Take the time to familiarize your children with trees and teach them how important trees are in our environment!


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