Updated: Aug 24, 2020
I really anticipate Autumn with much joy. It is the season that I enjoy the most. The changing colours, the dancing leaves, the wild wind. Nature has so many gifts to give us at this time, from the abundance of falling acorns and conkers. The delicious tastes of blackberries and elderberries, the slightly colder crisp air, and the gorgeous sun. There's just something I find incredibly magical at this time of year. Taking a walk in Nature every day as we usually do I find a particular treat in this season as there is so much to delight the senses. For young children being outdoors at this time is so wonderful, and a delight to experience all of the different sensory and texture opportunities. I love foraging and making a delicious apple and blackberry crumble, or making elderberry syrup and rosehip tea. It's the time for comforting soups, delicious bread and warming pies and hot fruit tea. Of course, there's always an abundance of mud and puddles when the Autumn rains come and I'm sure we will spend lot's of time in waterproofs and out about enjoying this Seasons and puddles!
On Autumn mornings we will light a candle at breakfast time whilst we eat hot porridge, and sing our morning seasonal songs with stories and poetry with the sunlight streaming through the windows.
Here are some lovely seasonal songs and rhymes that we love to sing through this beautiful Season that I wanted to share with you.
Like a leaf or a feather in the windy Autumn weather,
We'll twirl around and whirl around and all fall down together.
Jack O'lantern - finger rhyme
Jack O'Lantern, Jack O'Lantern
You are such a funny sight.
As you sit there in my window,
Looking out at the night.
You were once a yellow pumpkin
Growing on a sturdy vine,
Yes you are my Jack O'Lantern
let you Golden light shine
Up he goes
To the tree top!
Round and round,
Down he scampers
To the ground.
What a tail!
Tall as a feather
Broad as a sail!
Where's his supper?
In the shell
Out it fell.
My nice rosy red apple
Has a secret all unseen.
If you could peep inside you'd see
Five rooms so neat and clean.
In each one is living
Two pips so black and bright.
Asleep they are and dreaming
Of lovely warm sunlight.
And sometimes they are dreaming
Of many things to be
How soon they will be hanging
Upon the Christmas tree.
(if you cut the Apple crossways, you can clearly see the 5 rooms)
5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, "Oh my it's getting late"
The second one said, "There are witches in the air"
The third one said, " But I don't care"
Woooo went the wind and out went the lights.
And 5 round pumpkins tumbled out of sight.
Small, brown, hard, round,
The nut is lying underground.
Now a shoot begins to show,
Now the shoot begins to grow.
Tall, taller, tall as can be,
The shoot is growing into a tree.
And branches grow and stretch and spread,
With twigs and leaves above your head.
And on a windy Autumn day, the nut tree bends,
the branches sway.
The leaves fly off and whirl around and
buts go tumbling to the ground.
Small, brown, hard, round.....
(from the Julia Donaldson A treasury of Songs)
We love doing little yoga moves with this one
I've got a conker (I like to sing it to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star)
I've got a conker shiny and brown.
It' was lying on the ground.
It was hanging on a tree.
Now it's come to stay with me.
Tiny one too
You can join them too
Inside its shell, warm and snug,
warm and snug, like a bug in a rug.
Hiding like a jewel-bright,
It is just my favourite sight.
My collections up to 54
Mum says to keep them outside the door/
But at night, I sneak one in.
Under my pillow I see it grin.
Squirrel Song (to the tune of she'll be coming round the mountain)
(v1) I'll be gathering all the acorns till they're gone x2
I'll be gathering all the acorns,
gathering all the acorns,
gathering all the acorns till they're gone.
(v2) and I'll put them all inside my little home x 2
(v3) and I'll eat all the nuts till winters gone x2
(v3) and I'll do it all again come next fall x2
A lovely Autumn Poem a friend gave me (not sure who wrote it)
Red, gold and brown
Damp and cold
Clouding the day.
Swooping up high,
Off they go to Africa they fly
Finds somewhere sleep
Be sure it's not your bonfire heap
Shorter days, frosty and wet
Winters round the corner,
But not quite yet.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and enjoy singing seasonal songs with your children.
Have a wonderful Autumn time!