Fall Leaves Fall

OPENING SONG: See Favorite Opening Songs


Two little blackbirds in the corn crop,
One at the Bottom and the other at the Top.
Fly away Bottom.  Fly away Top.
Come back Bottom. Come back Top.

FINGERPLAY: Autumn Leaves

Leaves are falling from the trees (Flutter fingers down)
Yellow, brown and red.
Falling, falling from above.
One landed on my head! (Hands on head)

BOOK 1: Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Choose a few pages to share from this brightly colored book that is chock-full of fall facts!  Take a minute to talk about all of the changes that happen in autumn – the weather turns colder, we start wearing warmer clothes, animals hibernate, and leaves change colors.


FINGERPLAY SONG: Five Golden Autumn Leaves
Check out this free printable and song from picklebums – and don’t miss the adorable video to learn the tune to the song!

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Five golden autumn leaves,
High up in the tree.
The wind blows,
The leaves shake,
And one falls down to me.

Falling, falling,
Falling down,
Falling, falling,
Falling to the ground.

CIRCLE SONG: Autumn Leaves
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Start by having everyone stand in a big circle.  You can pass out leaves to everyone before singing this one for extra fun!

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Autumn leaves are falling down, (Flutter fingers down)
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling on the ground.

The wind will blow them round and round (Walk in a circle)
Round and round, round and round.
The wind will blow them round and round
All around the town.

Take a rake and rake them up, (Pretend to rake leaves to the middle)
Rake them up, rake them up.
Take a rake and rake them up
All around the town.

Now let’s jump into the pile, (Jump into the circle)
To the pile, to the pile
Now let’s jump into the pile,
All around the town.

SONG: Leaves Are Twirling
Tune: Frère Jacques
Use this one to get everyone quietly back in their seats.

Leaves are twirling, leaves are twirling
All around, all around
They are falling softly, very, very softly
To the ground, to the ground.

BOOK 2: Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Description from Amazon: One cool day Mouse and Minka venture out to play. From leaves of all colors red, yellow, orange, and brown to leaves of all shapes and sizes — from pointy to round — Mouse learns that fall is a season full of fun! And before the day is done he just might take the biggest “leap” of all. Hooray for fall!

GUESSING GAME: Little Bird, Are You in the Green Tree?
This fun guessing game comes from Mel’s Desk, where you can read all of her instructions. She recommends hiding little bird behind one of the trees, and then saying. “Look at all of the trees with different color leaves!  I wonder where Little Bird is?  Can you help me find Little Bird?  Little bird, little bird, are you in the green tree?”  Repeat until you find little bird!

This has been a fall favorite for years, so I made a printable to go with it.

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Click Here for Printable

ACTION SONG:  Shakin’ Like a Leafy Tree by the Wiggles
From the album Racing to the Rainbow
This song has become difficult to find in the U.S., but if you can get your hands on a copy of the Racing to the Rainbow CD, make sure to try this one out! It’s a fun action song!  (If you can’t find it, I also like Autumn Leaves by the Learning Station since it has actions that you can follow.)

Everybody shake high and low,
Shakin’ like a leafy tree.
Everybody shake high and low,
Shaking’ like a leafy tree.

Stretch, stretch, stretch,
Stretch out your branches.
Bend, bend, bend,
Bend in the breeze.
Shake, shake, shake,
Shake all around now.
Stretch, stretch, stretch.

Everybody shake high and low,
Shakin’ like a leafy tree….

BOOK:  Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Tap, shake, and wiggle the pages to help a tree change through the seasons.  Interactive fun!

CLOSING SONG: See Favorite Closing Songs


1. Leaf rubbings.
Go outside and gather some leaves!  Have each child place a leaf under a piece of paper and color on top of the paper with crayons. The leaf shape will appear!  This works best with green leaves (dried leaves will just crunch and fall apart), but use brown, yellow, red, and orange for a fall-themed craft.

2. Thumbprint Trees
Cut trees out of brown construction paper.  Let children glue trees to white construction paper.  Set out paper plates with red, orange and yellow paint on them.  Have children dip fingers in paint and press onto trees to make colorful fall leaves.

3. Leaf Crowns
Gather either real or paper leaves.  Glue leaves to strips of paper to make leaf crowns.

Pete wearing a leaf crown



BOOK: Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright

BOOK: Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

BOOK: Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber

BOOK: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

BOOK: Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall








BOOK: When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger

BOOK: Leaves by Ezra David Stein

FLANNEL RHYME: 5 Little Leaves in the Tall, Tall Tree

5 little leaves in the tall tall tree
As bright and pretty as they can be.
Along came the wind
Blowing all around,
And one bright leaf
Fell to the ground.

Here’s some of the free leaf clipart that I used:
Fall Leaf — Yellow Oak LeafRed Maple Leaf Yellow Maple Leaf — Orange Leaf

SONG: Leaves on the Trees
Tune: The Wheels On the Bus

The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown,
orange and brown,
orange and brown,
The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown all over town

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,
tumbling down,
tumbling down,
The leaves on the trees come tumbling down all over town.

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish,
swish, swish, swish,
swish, swish, swish
the leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish all through the town.
Credit: Awesome Storytime


10 thoughts on “Fall Leaves Fall

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  5. Thanks for all the wonderfully active songs and finger plays. I’m always looking for new ideas to keep the kids moving and thinking. I also like that these ideas are good for all ages. Many thanks! Miss Sue


  6. Cute adaptation but I prefer ” leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch.” Love your ideas. Thanks so much for taking the time to pass them along.


  7. I couldn’t find a video with the autumn leaf song on the Picklebums site. There was a link, but it didn’t include autumn leaves. 😦 I guess I will just make up a tune.


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