Falling Into Fall


“The Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch”



"Kindergarten is Falling Into Fall"



Fall is Here by Pamela Jane

When Autumn Comes by Robert Maas

It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall

The Little Scarecrow Boy

by Margaret Wise Brown

Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Nuts to You! By Lois Ehlert

A Season for All Trees by Robin Bernard

Apple and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Pumpkin Day by Anne Rockwell

Clifford’s First Autumn by Norman Bridwell

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Barn Dance by Bill Martin Jr.




Songs and Poems:

"Leaves Are Falling "

The ____ leaves are falling,

Are falling, are falling.

The ____ leaves are falling

Down to the ground.

* place color word leaves in blank spaces



"Leaves On the Trees"

("Wheels on the Bus" tune)

The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,

Orange and red, orange and red.

The leaves on the trees turn orange and red,

All through the town.


The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,

Tumbling down, tumbling down.

The leaves on the trees come tumbling down,

All through the 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.


"Five Black Crows"
("Five Green and Speckled Frogs" tune)

Five crows all shiny black,
Sat on a scarecrow's back
Eating some most delicious corn.
Yum, yum!
Scarecrow winked and shouted, "Boo!"
Scared a crow and away he flew
Now there are four black shiny crows.
Caw, caw!

*Repeat verse until no crows are left.

Scarecrow, Scarecrow
("Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star" tune)

Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
Raise your hands up to the sky.
Clap your hands, then tap your knees.
Turn around and tap your feet.

Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose.
Swing your arms so very slow,
Now real fast to scare the crows!
Tough your head, jump up and down.
Now sit down without a sound.

“I’m Picking Out a Pumpkin”
("I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee" tune)
I'm picking out a pumpkin on a vine.
I want one big and fat and fine.
I'm picking out a pumpkin on a vine.
Oh, I see mine!

I'm pulling on a pumpkin on a vine.
It's so big and fat and fine.
I'm pulling on a pumpkin on a vine.
Snap! It's mine!


"I am an Acorn"

I am an acorn, small and round.

(wrap arms around self)

I fall on the cold, cold ground.

(tap ground)

Everybody steps on me.

(stamp floor)

That is why I'm cracked up you see.

I'm a nut! (cluck tongue twice)

I'm a nut! (cluck, cluck)

I'm a nut, I'm a nut, I'm a nut! (cluck, cluck)




Graphing- Graph leaves by color.



1. Estimate how many acorns are in a jar.

2. Estimate a pumpkin's circumference using yarn.



1. Measure a leaf's length using unifex cubes.

2. Measure a pumpkin's height using unifex cubes.

3. Weigh a pumpkin on a scale.


Sorting- Sort leaves by color or shape.


Patterning- Create patterns using real leaves or Ellison die cut leaves.


Number Recognition-

1. Identify the number on each squirrel’s tail and “feed” him that amount of acorns.

2. Identify the number on each basket and fill it with that number of leaves.

3. Put the correct number of buttons on each scarecrow according to the number on his hat.


Number Sequencing- Put Ellison leaves, acorns, or pumpkins in numeric order according to the number written on them.






1. Go on a nature walk and collect leaves.

2.Examine acorns, gourds, pumpkins, and Indian corn.

3.Put “life cycle of a pumpkin” cards in sequential order.

4.Make and taste pumpkin seeds.

5.Study nocturnal and hibernating animals.

6. Examine a leaf using a magnifying glass.

7.Fall Sink or Float Experiment- Place a pumpkin, gourd, acorn, and leaf in water to discover which items will sink and which will float.




1. Fingerpaint leaves.

2.Make tissue paper leaves using red, orange, and yellow tissue paper. Shellac with diluted glue and sprinkle gold glitter over it.

3.Marble paint leaves red, orange, yellow, and brown.

4.Paper bag scarecrows with yarn, fabric, and buttons

5. Raffia Scarecrow- Cut out pattern pieces and glue together. Glue on button eyes, felt squares,and raffia hair and bow.

6. Calico Pumpkin- Cut out pumpkin pattern.Glue a variety of orange and gold paper, such as tissue paper and foil, on to pumpkin.Shellac with gold glitter glue and laminate.