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Ideas for Sharing Fall 2013

 Autumn season brings a harvest of activities and books for families to share. Here are a few of our favorites: 

 

It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle

In this action packed book a child imagines that he encounters a tiger at every turn.  Extend the story with creative play.  Recreate the places the tiger appears - inside or outside!  Make a cave by tossing a blanket over a table, use a playground slide to escape or turn a cardboard box into a boat.  Autumn in the perfect time to rake up a big pile of leaves.  Jump in and see if you discover a tiger hiding in the pile.  If you do--RUN!

 

Bounces for Babies 

(Bounce baby on your lap to the beat or put your legs straight out and bounce them on your knees)

Zoom Zoom Zoom! 

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, we're going to the moon

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, we're leaving very soon

If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, we're going to the moon

5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Blast Off! (Lift baby high into the air)

 

Gently Falling Leaves

Little leaves fall gently down,

                (Raise hands and lower them, fluttering fingers like falling leaves.)

 Red and yellow, orange and brown.

Whirling, whirling round and round,

                (Whirl hands as they flutter round.)

 Quietly without a sound,

Falling softly to the ground,

                (Lower bodies gradually to the floor.

Down---and down---and down---and down.

 

Fall Family Fun: Apples!

Fall is the time for harvest and Minnesota is a great place to visit local orchards (or the grocery store) and taste home grown apples!

Pat Hutchins’ Ten Red Apples, is a great picture book to read as a family. The sing-song rhyming text begs to be read aloud and kids can practice counting with the farmer and his wife from one to ten and back down again. Kids can participate by identifying the hungry farm animals depicted in the story and practicing their animal noises (“Neigh, neigh, fiddle-dee-fee!”).

An inexpensive and fun apple craft is to turn apples into stamps. Cut an apple in half, and you will often find a star shape in the center. 

 For a more advanced stamp, you can cut shapes into the flesh of the apple. 

 

 Dip the apple into Washable Poster Paint or other nontoxic paint to create colorful designs! 

 Full step by step instructions on how to make apple stamps

 

Other Apple Books Available at Anoka County Library:

Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg

Up, Up, Up!: It’s Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro

The Life Cycle of An Apple Tree by Linda Tagliaferro