I’m definitely a summer gal but I think I have to give it to fall when it comes to music session planning. I find that this season offers so many fun ideas and themes for kids: apples, pumpkins, whirling twirling leaves, forest animals, friendly monster fun, gratitude, yummy food…I may just have to make this a little fall series of posts!
So here is part 1 of some ideas for a fun-filled fall music session or circle time:
1. Pumpkin Emotions
Take the classic children’s song “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and explore different emotions using pumpkin feeling faces! Download the Pumpkin Emotion Flashcards (part of my Pumpkin Patch Activity Pack) as a freebie below!
After you go through the pumpkin emotions with the kids (I like to also httencourage kids to imitate the various emotion faces), use them as visuals in the song. For the varying emotions, add in different movements and coping strategies. Here are a few ideas:
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re excited and you know it, jump up and down
If you’re sad and you know it, give yourself a hug
If you’re angry and you know it, take some deep breaths
2. Dancing Leaves Scarf Movement
I love creative movement that offers kids the opportunity to use their imaginations. In this activity, children will pretend they are whirling twirling leaves falling from the tree. Add to the fun by using colourful scarves for the leaves. Here is a simple leaf song you can sing as the children move:
Tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Softly blows a quiet breeze
Gently through the autumn trees
Now a strong wind fills the air
Leaves are twirling everywhere
Whirling twirling all around
Slowly drifting to the ground
If you’d like a great fall scarf song to listen to as you move, I love this one by Stephanie Leavell:
3. 5 Little Acorns Rhyme
Five little acorns sitting in a tree
Along came Mr. Squirrel
As hungry as can be
Then the fall winds blew
And rustled all the leaves
Down came an acorn
Mr. Squirrel was very pleased
(repeat 4, 3, 2, 1… until there are none)
Act out this rhyme together or use a visual scene as you sing — counting how many acorns are left each time the squirrel eats one. The visual is a great resource for practicing turn taking and waiting until the specific point in the song to remove an acorn from the tree. You find this one, along with two other fun fall counting rhymes, through the button below!
4. Book Rec : “It’s Fall“ by Renee Kurilla
I just love the vibrant illustrations in this book. It also has the sweetest rhyming text (easy to add a melody to) all about the treasures we find in the autumn season. A great book to introduce as music time is coming to an end. It helps kids explore the wonders of the season and also sparks discussion, prompting kids to share what they love most about the fall. Here’s a snippet of how I like to sing it (to the tune of “Up On the Housetop”).
Sending cozy, warm, and joyful October vibes to you!