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Fall Preschool Songs and Literacy Activities for Circle Time

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Do you have a favorite season of the year? For me, it’s that season that includes pumpkin spice lattes, crisp cool sweater weather, and gorgeous shades of orange, red, and yellow. Yep, it’s almost fall! Time to pull out the fall preschool songs and activities for circle time with the kids.


Fall Circle Time Ideas

Try these songs, activities, and read-alouds to spice up your fall circle times with preschoolers.

Fall Circle Time Songs

All Around the Apple Tree

All Around the Apple Tree doubles as a song and activity. It’s also a sneak peek at my 35 Circle Time Songs and Chants to Build Literacy Skills ebook. Get the song—>All Around the Apple Tree

The Leaves of the Trees

The Leaves of the Trees is set to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus.” It’s a fun song for circle time because the kids can act out the song as they sing. Get the song—> The Leaves of the Trees

More Fall Songs

Teaching Mama has some more fun fall songs to sing with the kids. See them—>More Fall Choices

Fall Circle Time Activities

Corn Shakers

Make these corn shakers from Pre-K Pages to use while singing. You can also practice directional words such as up, down, behind, and around using the shakers during circle time.

Mini Pumpkins

Real mini pumpkins are inexpensive and the perfect size for little hands. With a permanent black marker write a letter of the alphabet on the bottom of each pumpkin.

Place all the pumpkins in the center of your circle. Each child takes a turn “picking” a pumpkin and telling everyone the letter found on the bottom.

Five Little Pumpkins

Invite the kids to hold their own five little pumpkins and sing the song together. School Time Snippets shares how to make inexpensive finger pumpkins for the kids.

Fall Books Great for Circle Time

All books are not equal when it comes to a good circle time read. You want short books, books that engage kids, and illustrations that a large group can see. Here are a few of my favorite picks for autumn circle time read-alouds.

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri will remind you a bit of Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider.

Full of rhyme and perfect to sing as a chant is We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt.

When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger is a great one to use for sequencing story events.


Fall Preschool Books

Fall Literacy Activities

Halloween Books and Activities

Fall into some literacy-rich activities with these fall preschool songs, games, and books.

Grab more great songs that will build literacy skill all school year. Get the 35 Circle Time Song and Chants to Build Literacy Skills.

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