Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Introduce the Concept of Fall to Your Infant or Toddler
The Colors and Fun of Fall
What Is Fall? is the perfect board book to pick up for infants and toddlers to introduce the concept of this colorful season. Changing leaves, pumpkins, and apples are all part of the fall season that young children will be able to relate to. Each page is filled with the orange, red, and brown colors of the fall season. Acorns and squirrels are also a part of the fall season. The text is also written in the colors of fall. Fun activities such as jumping in a beautiful pile of fall leaves, tasting a pumpkin pie, and making candied apples are presented in the illustrations. How about taking out a warm scarf to wear on the first cool day of fall?
What Is Fall? offers a wealth of ideas to participate in with your infant or toddler while reading. Use the colorful text words that are printed in fall colors to introduce these colors. Point to these words while reading. It is also a good idea to guide your infant's or toddler's finger to point to these colors as you read. Repeat the colors as you point to the words. Gather some objects such as acorns, apples, and some fall leaves to have available while reading. Rake a pile of fall leaves for your toddler to jump in after reading.
What Is Fall? was published by Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 0-4. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-31038-0.
The Colors of Fall
Fall Leaves for Fun with Rocket
Rocket's Leaf Pile is another delightful board book to introduce your infant or toddler to the season of fall. Rocket is a curious puppy that is learning about fall. He watches the first red leaf fall to the ground and fall on his nose. More and more red leaves begin to fall and soon Rocket has a huge pile of beautiful fall leaves. His friend Owl arrives and calls attention to the yellow leaves. A fall wind blows the leaves away and Rocket must gather more. He also comes across some orange leaves. He notices that each leaf is different. Some friends bring a huge surprise for Rocket. Read along to find out what the surprise is.
Rocket's Leaf Pile is recommended for ages 0-4. It was published by Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin/Random House.
Happy reading with your infants and toddlers to learn about fall!
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Bring These Two Board Books Into Your Infant/Toddler Classroom
Teachers and caregivers who teach in an infant/toddler classroom will want to have these two delightful board books for their bookshelf. Learning about the fall season is part of the curriculum in early childhood classrooms. Teachers in preschool classrooms for 3 and 4-year olds will also want to add these board books to their classroom library. Curriculum activities for the fall season were always some of my favorite activities for my early childhood classroom.
*Read each story in a story time session.
*Bring in a collection of fall items as seen in What Is Fall?. Acorns, colorful leaves, apples, and some items of clothing such as sweaters and scarves that are worn in the changing cool temperatures.
*Bring in red, green, and yellow fall apples. Have a tasting party with your toddlers to taste each color of apple.
*Bring in a variety of sizes of pumpkins as they arrive in the stores. Arranging the pumpkins according to the size from small to large is an introductory math activity for toddlers.
*Bring in red, orange, and yellow fall leaves. Sort the leaves according to color.
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