books, Fall

Fall Leaves Stories

Fall Leaves Stories for preschoolers
Fall Leaves Stories

Fall is a magical time when the leaves on trees change colors and eventually fall off the branches. Looking at the beautiful colors and collecting leaves are lots of fun! Preschoolers love to explore and naturally curious about the world around. Read these stories about the changing of the leaves and learn why trees lose their leaves in the fall.

7 Fall Leaves Stories:

1. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert–

This book is a visual treat! The pictures are actual leaves and Lois Ehlert’s signature die-cut pages are fantastic. Leaf Man is beautiful tribute to nature and preschoolers will delight in Leaf Man’s wind-blown adventures.

Leaf Trouble book

2. Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett–

Learn about the changing of seasons with two cute little squirrels in this story. Worried about the falling leaves, a brother and sister squirrel unsuccessfully try to put the leaves back on the tree. Mommy squirrel teaches them all about fall and reassures them that new leaves will grow in the springtime.

"When the Leaf Blew In" book

3. When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger–

This fun picture book is about an autumn leaf blows that into a barn causing a cow to sneeze. The sneeze sets off a series of barnyard events in this silly tale that will have preschoolers asking you to reread it over and over again! Be sure to check your library for this one!

4. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger —

This rhyming story is a fun, leaf-hunting adventure. Preschoolers love Steve Metzger’s books and the silly sound effects that he skillfully incorporates into the story. This one will become a fall-favorite! Have your own leaf hunt after the story to continue the fun!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

5. There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro–

The silly old lady is back in this fall-themed story. She goes on a stomach-filling journey, gobbling up fall-themed items (a pumpkin, a rope, and some leaves). Preschoolers will laugh away at all of the silliness going on in this book!

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

6. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson–

In this beautifully illustrated book, we meet a young fox named Fletcher who is unaware that some trees lose their leaves in the fall. Fletcher is determined to save the leaves from falling off of his favorite tree. Unfortunately each one of his ideas fail to keep the leaves on the tree. After the last leaf falls off the tree, Fletcher carries the little leaf home to his den. He puts it into a nice cozy bed for the night. When he returns to his tree in the early morning, a beautiful sight is waiting for him. His tree is covered in sparkling icicles! His tree reassures him that all is fine and that Fletcher is free to enjoy the beauty in front of him without worry for his tree.

"The Leaf Thief"

7. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming–

Every day Squirrel counts the leaves on his tree. One day, a leaf goes missing and Squirrel sets off to find the missing leaf. Along the way, Bird joins in and the two friends discover who the mysterious leaf thief is! This is a beautifully illustrated story about the natural changes that occur in the fall season.

Disclaimer:

Check your library for these and other fall leaves stories. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

LEAF STICK PUPPET

Continue the leaf fun by making Leaf Stick Puppets–Go on a leaf hunt and collect leaves to make your stick puppet pals.

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Squirrel Stories

Preschool squirrel stories

Squirrels are so busy in the fall, running around and gathering food for winter. They are fun to watch, and read about. My son and I picked out 10 of our favorite squirrel stories to share with you. We found all of them at our library, so please check your library for these great books!

10 Great Squirrel Books–

Bedtime in the Forest

1. Bedtime in the Forest by Kazuo Iwamura —

At some point every kid has wanted to stay up past their bedtime–doesn’t matter if they are boys or girls or squirrels! In this beautifully illustrated story, the three little squirrels want to stay up late and play with the owls. However, the squirrels all fall asleep during their late night playtime and their dad brings them back to bed. How are the young squirrels and the owlets going to be friends if they are awake at different times? They come up with a brilliant plan to exchange letters! If you enjoyed this one, check out the other squirrel stories in this series.

The Busy Little Squirrel

2. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri —

Squirrel is busy preparing for winter and has no time to play. The other animals keep asking squirrel to take a break with them, but squirrel is too busy gathering food. This book is a great look at what squirrels eat and how they “squirrel away” food for winter. My son loves pouring over the illustrations and finding other busy squirrels in the background.

Cyril and Pat

3. Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett —

This is a funny book about two friends, a squirrel named Cyril and a rat named Pat. They both live in the park and have lots of fun together. However, other animals tell they that they are too different to be friends. Can that be true? Cyril lists all of the ways that Pat is a great friend even though he is a rat. When a mean dog is after Cyril, Pat and his rat friends come to the rescue, proving that friends come in all different shapes, sizes, and species! The only issue I have with this book is that it uses the word “stupid” and that’s not something that I want to teach my son. But since he can’t read yet, I just skipped over that word when I was reading the story out loud to him. In my opinion, the message of friendship outweighs that one negative word.

Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel!

4.Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel–

Bat thinks he has found the perfect home! However, it turns out that this is squirrel’s home. Since they sleep at opposite times, they don’t have a chance to communicate in person. Squirrel doesn’t want to share her home so she leaves Bat notes trying to get him to leave. Bat misinterprets the notes and thinks they are friends now. Kids will giggle at the misunderstandings and love the happy ending.

Leaf Trouble

5. Leaf Trouble by Emmett Johnson —

Learn about the changing of seasons with two cute little squirrels in this story. Worried about the falling leaves, a brother and sister squirrel unsuccessfully try to put the leaves back on the tree. Mommy squirrel teaches them all about fall and reassures them that new leaves will grow in the springtime.  

Nuts to You

6. Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert —  

Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite authors and illustrators 🙂 In this book, a curious squirrel wanders though an open window into an apartment! Oh my goodness, how are they going to get it out? Preschoolers will enjoy this squirrel’s nutty indoor adventure and the beautiful collage-like pictures. Bonus — the end of the book has squirrel facts.                                                                     

7. The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright —

Rachel Bright is a fantastic author! My son and I love her books, and I have read several of her stories to the library’s preschool storytime group, who agree that she rocks! In this book, squirrels Cyril and Bruce get in a fight over the last acorn. In a story similar to the Ant and the Grasshopper, one unprepared-for-winter squirrel is ready to do battle for the last acorn. The squirrels’ squabbles lead them on a hilarious adventure!

"Scaredy Squirrel goes Camping" by Melanie Watts; one of the Scaredy Squirrel stories
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

8. Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt–                            

Scaredy Squirrel has many stories, so if this one is not available at your library, try one of the others! In this camping adventure, Scaredy Squirrel likes the idea of camping and all of the fun things that go along with it, but he is scared to leave his tree home. Preschoolers will see themselves mirrored in Scaredy Squirrel as he voices his fears. While he is trying to avoid anything scary, he unwittingly faces his fears (in a silly way) and has a great time. This book provides a fantastic conversation starter about being afraid and how to overcome our fears so that we don’t miss out on the fun that is waiting for us!

Those Darn Squirrels

9. Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin —

Old Man Fookwire loves birds and doesn’t want them to fly away in the winter. He comes up with a plan to entice them to stay with birdfeeders stocked with yummy food! The birds aren’t the only ones who like the food in the feeders; so do the squirrels. The squirrels and the man face off in a battle of wits over the yummy food. Kids will love the ingenious ways the squirrels come up with the get to the food!

The Golden Acorn

10. The Golden Acorn by Katy Hudson —

It’s time for the Golden Nut Hunt competition and squirrel is determined to win this year! However, the rules have changed and this year, it is a team event. Squirrel is super competitive and wants to do the hunt on her own. She reluctantly asks her friends to be on her team. Squirrel’s friends are trying, but they just aren’t performing as well as she hopes. Squirrel decides to go it alone because she thinks she can do the hunt better without them (who needs a team or friends, right?). As the hunt goes on, Squirrel comes to realize that she does need her friends and comes to understand the importance of team work.

Imaginations Running Wild

I hope you enjoy these squirrel stories! Check your library for these and other great books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

Check out my FALL BOOK recommendations for more stories to read together!

More Squirrel Fun:                        

-Handprint Acorn: supplies needed are brown and tan paint, paintbrush, and paper. Let you child paint one of their hands tan and then stamp in on a piece of paper. Use the brown paint to paint on the top of the acorn. (www.craftymorning.com)

-Do like a Squirrel Does: Can you chitter like a squirrel? Jump like a squirrel? Puff up your cheeks? Find a yummy treat to eat? Pick a favorite tree outside? Scamper quickly? Wiggle your nose? What else does a squirrel do?

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Thanksgiving Books: gratitude stories

Thanksgiving books: gratitude stories

Our November tradition is say something that we are thankful for every morning while we are eating breakfast. I like starting off our day on such a positive note. Plus, I absolutely love my son’s answers! The month of November, and Thanksgiving especially, provide a reminder to be grateful for all we have. To encourage thankfulness and gratitude, I picked Thanksgiving books with these themes in them to read with my son. Here are the ones we have enjoyed:

6 Thanksgiving Books

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson–

Karma Wilson is one of my favorite authors and my son and I especially lover her Bear series! In this Bear book, Bear and friends come together for a wonderful fall feast. Each one contributes something to the meal, except for Bear, whose cupboard is empty. Bear is thankful for his friends and their generosity, but worries that he has nothing to contribute. That’s not true, his friends say. Then Bear shares the one thing he can, his fantastic stories! I love this lesson that everyone has something to share even if it is not a material thing.

The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain–

I loved the Berenstain Bears when I was a kid and I’m excited the their books are still available so I can share them with my son! In this Thanksgiving-themed story, the Berenstain Bears are entering the pumpkin contest. Of course the cubs and Papa really want to win first prize! Mama Bear gently tries to teach Papa and the cubs about the true meaning of Thanksgiving, but the bears are too consumed with the idea of winning to listen. When the family doesn’t win first prize, the Bears begin to understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving and being thankful for what they do have.

One is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox–

One is a Feast for Mouse is one of my favorite books to read at preschool storytime. This story is a beautiful example of not becoming greedy and taking more than you need. Mouse is a little animal and really doesn’t need too much food. However, when he sees all of the food set out for the family’s Thanksgiving meal, he gets greedy. He’s so busy trying to gather as much food as he can, that he doesn’t notice the cat! After escaping from the cat, Mouse learns to be thankful for what he has.

"Thanks for Thanksgiving" book by Julie Markes

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes–

This sweet book reminds us to appreciate the little joys in life, like going to the park and our pets. Most of all, the children in this story are thankful for their family! Told in rhyming text with lovely illustrations, preschoolers will enjoy the simplicity of this story without being bored. At the end, the author includes a page for the reader to list some things that they are thankful for 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli–

The little girl and her dog, Biscuit, are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. They bring yummy goodies to share with the neighbors, they bake a pumpkin pie for grandpa, and they decorate the house for the whole family to enjoy. I love that they are thinking of others! At the end of the book, the little girl says the things she is thankful for, and of course, one of the things she is most thankful for is Biscuit.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr–

This is not a Thanksgiving book, but it is a THANKFUL book and honestly, Todd Parr’s books are awesome! I am huge fan of his artwork. You might recognize his artwork from Sesame Street. This book celebrates the things that we can all be thankful for, such as music for dancing, learning new things, and our shadows for making us look taller. With a mix of serious and silly, this book will have kids thinking of all the things they are thankful for too!

I hope you and your kiddo enjoy these Thanksgiving books as much as my son and I did! To help cover the costs of this site, I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale. thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

Turkey Time

Turkey Paper Bag Puppet

Looking for turkey stories? Check out my post for 9 turkey books to read with your kiddo: Turkey Books

Turkey Craft: Make a Turkey Paper Bag Puppet out of a brown, paper lunch bag and construction paper.

Family Turkey Activity: Disguise the turkey so that it can avoid becoming dinner. Use your imagination to cleverly disguise this turkey! See the example and download the PDF here: Disguise the Turkey Post.

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Disguise the Turkey!

My son came home from kindergarten with a really fun activity–disguise the turkey! It is a picture of a turkey printed with instructions to disguise the turkey so that it doesn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving. What a fun activity! It gave my son a chance to really be creative and have fun.

disguise the turkey activity
Disguise the Turkey!

The disguise possibilities are endless! One child added large ears and an elephant trunk; another kid covered the turkey in popcorn and pasted a popcorn bag to the bottom of the paper. My son decided to hide his turkey in a leaf pile! We went on a leaf hunt outside and found a bunch of neat leaves in different shapes and colors. First my son colored his turkey with crayons. He chose a rainbow themed for his feathers 🙂 Then he glued leaves all over his turkey so all that was left exposed was the turkey’s face, peeking out through the leaf pile. It turned out so cool!

I found a picture of a turkey and made a PDF that you can download (Free) for your child to disguise the turkey too! My son’s turkey was printed on cardstock. That made it more stable for gluing things onto it. If you don’t have cardstock, you can always print your turkey on regular printer paper and cut it out and glue into construction paper, or even a piece of cardboard.

I hope you and your child have as much fun with this activity as we did! It is a great family project. We really had to put our heads together to think of a good disguise and we enjoyed our leaf hunt!

Animals, Fall

Fox Paper Plate Craft–

Fox Paper Plate Craft
Fox Paper Plate Craft

Make a cute fox paper plate craft with your preschooler! Foxes go so well fall themes. Pair your craft with the fox books, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, and Lawrence in the Fall by Matthew Farina.

Supplies Needed:

-paper plate

-orange tissue paper

-glue stick

-black pompom

-2 googly eyes

-scissors

-stapler

How to Make a Fox Paper Plate Craft:

Step 1: Cut a large triangle out of your paper plate. This will be the fox’s head/face.

Step 2: Next cut 2 small triangles out of the the paper plate to be the ears. Staple the ears onto the fox’s head.

Step 3: Our orange tissue paper came in 1-inch squares. If yours is not already this size, then cut or tear your tissue into 1-inch pieces. Glue your tissue all over your fox’s face and ears. It’s okay if your tissue sticks off of the side of your plate. You can just fold it over and glue the excess onto the back, or trim off the extra tissue paper.

Step 4: Once your craft is dry, add 2 googly eyes and a black pompom nose to your fox.

More Fall Crafts:

Fall is my favorite season and I just love to make fall crafts with my son! Foxes, owls, leaves, and pumpkins make such cute and fun crafts. Check out my list of fall crafts for more things to make with your preschooler 🙂

Fall

Tractor Stories–

preschool tractor stories
Tractor Stories

Preschoolers love tractors and other big trucks! Here are eight tractor stories to help feed your preschooler’s love of big machines.

First in the Otis the Tractor stories
Otis

Otis by Loren Long —

Of all of the tractors out there, Otis is my favorite. I love the Otis stories. They are on the long side, but if your preschooler has the patience to sit still, then they are in for a treat with the first book in the Otis the Tractor series. Otis is a sweet, hardworking tractor who befriends the animals on the farm. When a new tractor arrives at the farm, Otis is moved aside and left to rust. None of the animals like this new tractor, however, and they miss their friend, Otis. When the calf gets stuck in the mud, Otis is the only one who can save it.

Tractor Mac stories (book 1)
Tractor Mac Arrives on the Farm

Tractor Mac Arrives on the Farm by Billy Steers —

Meet Mac, a lovable red tractor, in the first book of the Tractor Mac series. In this story, the horse is upset when Tractor Mac arrives and begins to take over all of his jobs on the farm. Is the horse even need anymore? When Tractor Mac and the farmer get stuck, the horse has an important job to do — rescue them! The horse and Mac learn that there is plenty for everyone to do around the farm and a new friendship is born.

Duck on a Tractor

Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon —

David Shannon is one of my favorite authors! At some point, haven’t all of us wondered what it would be like to drive a tractor? Well, Duck is no exception. So when the farmer leaves his tractor unattended, Duck takes it for a ride through town. Astonished townspeople, accidently mayhem, and humorous illustrations will leave preschoolers giggling over the pages. Check out Duck on a Bike for another funny Duck story!

Tremendous Tractors

Tremendous Tractors by Tony Mitton —

Learn about how tractors help on the farm in this tractor edition of Tony Mitton’s “Amazing Machines” series. Cute farm animals show the reader different types of tractors and the jobs that they do. The text is relatively simple and written at a preschool /kindergarten level. Ant Parker’s bright cute, images are always crowd pleasers.

Grandpa’s Tractor

Grandpa’s Tractor by Michael Garland —

This is a sweet inter-generational story about the importance of a tractor on a farm. Grandpa Joe takes his grandson Timmy around the farm that has been in the family for generations. The old farm house, barn, and an old rusty tractor still stand. Grandpa Joe grows nostalgic at the site of the old tractor. He tells Timmy all about the tractor that used be a shiny red and all of the chores the tractor helped with around the farm. The warm memories of the tractor will surely warm the readers’ hearts as well.

Goodnight Tractor

Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson —

In this gentle, rhyming story, preschoolers get to say good night to the tractor and farm before settling down into bed themselves. Sparsely worded with sweet illustrations, kids will love adding thing this book into their bedtime routine.

Farm Friends -- part of the John Deere Tractor stories for kids series

Farm Friends by Jack Redwing —

No tractor stories list would be complete without a John Deere tractor! In this adorable, lift-the-flap board book, preschoolers will follow the green tractor around the farm, meeting the animals that live there. Little kids love lift-the-flap books and farm animals, so this a winning combo 🙂

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor by Joy Cowley —

In this sweet, inter-generational story, a grandfather teaches his grandson that new isn’t always better. When a tractor salesmen challenges that Grandpa’s old tractor won’t survive much longer (even betting 20 jelly donuts), Grandpa’s faith stays true to his rusty, trusty tractor. Young tractor lovers will enjoy watching Grandpa’s old tractor trudge along through hay harvesting season and will be cheering for the old tractor to keep going strong!

Animals, Fall

Turkey Books

preschool turkey books
Turkey Books for Preschoolers

It’s Turkey Time! Are you ready to say “Gobble, Gobble?” Turkeys are pretty cool birds. My son and I have enjoyed reading turkey stories and one non-fiction turkey book! Here are some of our favorites turkey books. We hope your library will have these available for you and your preschooler to enjoy together.

Turkey Books:

1.Turkey Train by Steve Metzger —

In this non-holiday story, a turkey family takes a train trip to the snow. Told in rhyming text with humorous illustrations, preschoolers will enjoy the turkeys’ travels and their snow-day fun! It might even inspire some to want to play outside too! Steve Metzger has several other turkey books too–check your library for his other books.

2. 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnson —

This is a very silly, rhyming, backwards counting story featuring turkeys! The humorous illustrations add to the turkeys’ goofy antics. Preschoolers will enjoy the 10 turkeys sitting on a fence countdown. They will love as the turkey’s roller-skate and swing from vines until the fence breaks and none of them are left. While not a holiday story, this is still a good read for fall and good practice for calling out, “gobble, gobble, gobble!”

How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace

3. How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace —

My son loves these books! The turkey story is one of his favorites. In this book, the turkey is supposed to make an appearance in the school Thanksgiving play, but it gets stage fright and runs away. The kids are racing around the school, trying to catch the turkey! The wily turkey manages to elude all of the students’ traps. The happy ending will be a hit with young readers 🙂

4. A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman —

A town is desperate for a turkey meal on Thanksgiving, but there are no turkeys to be found. They come up with an idea to lure a turkey to them by hosting a turkey-themed art contest, claiming they need a plump and perky turkey to be their model. Of course, they promise yummy food for the turkey who agrees. A clever turkey agrees to be the model. Knowing the town’s sneaky reason for holding the contest, the turkey ends up tricking all of the people and getting away with a tummy full of yummy food.

5. Turkey Goes to School by Wendi Silvano —

School is about to start and turkey is excited to join the boys and girls at start of the new school year. In preparation, turkey organizes a farm-yard school for the animals to practice their school skills–writing their names, counting, playing at recess–so that they will be ready to join the kids. Unfortunately, turkey (and the other animals) aren’t allowed to go to school. But school is so much fun and the animals don’t want to miss out! Turkey comes up several disguises to try and sneak into school, but the animals keep getting caught. Finally turkey comes up with a great plan to get into the school as the Farm Day band, where they sing “Old McDonald” with the class.

Turkey trouble by Wendi Silvano

6. Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano —

This is the hilarious story of a turkey who tries numerous disguises in order to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner. Each farm animal costume that turkey tries fails to completely disguise him! Just when it seems that all hope is lost, turkey gets his best disguise of all! You will laugh when you see turkey’s brilliant costume idea 🙂

7. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey by Lucille Colandro —

I find these books amusing and the preschoolers at storytime giggle at them. My friend, however, can’t stand the old lady’s silliness (I keep telling her that she’s not the target audience). My son agrees with me, so we added this one to our list. In this installment of the series, the old lady eats a bunch of Thanksgiving-themed items, including a turkey, a football, and a cornucopia among other stuff. What is this old lady up to? Why she’s making a Thanksgiving parade float, of course 🙂

8. Setting the Turkeys Free by W. Nikola-Lisa–

In this sweet ode to children’s imaginations, this story takes us on an creative adventure with handprint turkeys! Using craft supplies, the child builds a turkey pen out of popsicle sticks. Uh-oh, Foxy the fox is coming. Can the child save the turkeys? You’ll love watching this child’s imaginative story unfold! Your kiddo will probably want to make their own handprint turkeys after reading this 🙂

9. Animals on the Farm: Turkeys by Kari Schuetz —

My son wanted to learn more about real turkeys, so we checked out Animals on the Farm: Turkeys from the library. This book has awesome pictures and was written at easy-to-understand level without being boring. My son was so intrigued by how weird turkeys’ heads look! One of the cool things about this book is that teaches the names for a turkey’s body parts, like a wattle and a snood. See if your library has a copy!

I hope you and your kiddo enjoy these turkey books as much as my son and I did! To help cover the costs of this site, I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale. thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

Turkey Puppet Craft:

Turkey paper bag puppet

Turkeys are so much fun! We made a turkey paper bag puppet to go along with all of our stories. My son had a blast running around the house with his puppet, yelling “gobble, gobble, gobble!”

Animals, Fall

Turkey Paper Bag Puppet

turkey paper bag puppet
Turkey Paper Bag Puppet

Paper bag puppets are one of my favorite go-to crafts! They are easy to make with supplies we already we have at home and my son always has fun playing with them. He ran around the house making his turkey paper bag puppet gobble at everything!

Supplies Needed:

-paper lunch bag

-construction paper in red, orange, yellow, and brown

-googly eyes (my son really likes these colored eyes)

-scissors

-white school glue

How to:

First thing to do is to cut out tail feathers. I cut out 2 of each color: red, orange, yellow, and brown

My son decided what color pattern order he wanted for his feathers. Then he glued the feathers onto the back of the backside of the bag. (The FRONT has the flap). We used white school glue to attach our paper feathers.

Next, flip your bag over to work on the turkey’s face. I cut out a yellow square, which I folded diagonally to make a beak. Then I cut out a red snood (kind of a squiggly shape).

My kiddo glued on the beak and snood. Then he attached his googly eyes and his turkey paper bag puppet was complete!

More Turkey Fun!

We read Animals on the Farm: Turkeys by Kari Schuetz and learned all about turkeys. This book has awesome pictures and was written at an easy to understand level. My son was so intrigued by how weird turkeys’ heads look! One of the cool things about this book is that it teaches the names for a turkey’s body parts, like a wattle and a snood. We found this book at our library. See if your library has a copy!

Check out my FALL post for more book recommendations and fall-themed crafts that you and your preschooler can enjoy together 🙂 My son and I also made a Scarecrow Paper Bag Puppet. We think it turned out pretty cute!

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Scarecrow Stories and Craft

Scarecrow Stories

Fall is here and it’s time to read some scarecrow stories and make a craft. We made a scarecrow paper bag puppet out of supplies that we had at home and I think it turned out pretty cute!

Scarecrow Books

1. The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson —

My son loves Julia Donaldson’s books! This is a cute, rhyming story about 2 scarecrows, Harry and Betty, who fall in love and plan their dream wedding. They set out in search of everything they need for their wedding. Harry and Betty find that they have to temporarily separate in order to get all of the decorations they need. The farmer notices that Harry is missing, and adds a new scarecrow. The new scarecrow tries to come between the happy couple. He smokes a cigar (Betty says “don’t you know that’s bad for you?”) and causes a fire. Yikes! Harry returns to save the day! They have their dream wedding with all of their friends 🙂

2. Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long —

Otis the tractor has several wonderful stories. In this fall-themed one, the farmer introduces a new scarecrow to the farm. Everyone is excited to meet the scarecrow, but its frown drives them all away. The scarecrow stands silently scowling in the field, day after day. Otis worries about the scarecrow being friendless and decides to befriend him. During a game of who can sit silently the longest, Otis decides to sit quietly by the scarecrow. The farm animals join him and they all stay quietly together until the puppy gets the wiggles! Otis thinks he might have seen the scarecrow smile just a little bit to be surrounded by friends.

3. The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown —

In this circular story, chicken wants scarecrow’s hat. With some great problem solving skills and a gift for bartering, she goes around the farm trading things with all of the animals until she gets something to trade scarecrow for the hat. The reader finally learns why chicken wants the hat so badly — for a nest!

4. The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry —

I was desperate for some scarecrow stories to read with my preschooler and I saw this and bought it without really checking it out first. I am so happy I bought this book! This is a truly lovely story about seeing the good in others. The scarecrow and the crow become best friends. They see each other through the ups and downs of life, side-by-side. Get ready for compassionate feelings to bubble up and smiles to form as you read this one!

5. There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro —

The silly old lady is back in this fall-themed story. She goes on a stomach-filling journey, gobbling up fall items (a pumpkin, a rope, and some leaves). Preschoolers will laugh away at all of the silliness going on in this book! What does she make with all of the stuff? Do you think its a scarecrow?

6. The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston —

This book is an amazing tactile experience. The pages have ridges and shapes to touch and feel that compliment the lovely pictures. This is a beautiful story that teaches readers that just because something looks scary/different/unpleasant, doesn’t mean that it is. The animals are all afraid of the mean looking scarecrow, leaving it all alone. How can the scarecrow convince them that it wants to be friends? When the snow comes and falls over the scarecrow, it turns it into a friendly looking snowman. The animals flock to the snowman and the scarecrow finally has friends. Will the new friends remain after the snow melts? Check this one out from your library to find out.

Looking for more fall-themed stories? Check out my list of FALL BOOKS and APPLE-THEMED activities.

Scarecrow Puppet Craft

scarecrow craft
Scarecrow Paper Bag Puppet

Make a fun scarecrow paper bag puppet with only a few supplies:

  • 1 paper bag (lunch size)
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • googly eyes
  • a marker

My son picked out all of the colors for his scarecrow: greet hat, brown face, blue shirt, pink cheeks, blue patch, and yellow straw.

I cut out the shirt, face, cheeks, patch, and hat for him. He cut the yellow straw pieces.

First, my son glued the blue shirt onto the bag. Next he glued the face onto the flap of the bag. He glued the straw to the underside of his hat before gluing the hat onto the scarecrow’s head. Next, we flipped the puppet over and my kiddo glued straw pieces to the back of the sleeves. This made it look like straw was poking out the shirt.

After gluing all of the pieces onto the paper bag, my son picked really big googly eyes for his puppet. He stuck them on the scarecrow’s face, slightly under the straw. He drew on a great, big smile with a green marker for his finishing touch.

Alphabet Worksheet

Alphabet Maze

Make your way through this straw bale maze to get to the scarecrow at the end. Color the bales in alphabetical order to find your way out.

Click HERE to download this free PDF version of the Alphabet Straw Bale Maze for your preschooler to practice their alphabetical order skills.

Fall I Spy

If you haven’t already tried this fall-themed I Spy, now is your chance! It is full of cute fall-ish things that I love: hedgehogs, leaves, sunflowers, pumpkins, and of course, scarecrows! How many of each picture can you find? Write your answers in the boxes next to their pictures.

I hope you enjoy these scarecrow stories and craft!

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Fall, STEM

Fall Number Coloring Worksheets

Dot Number Coloring Worksheets
Dot Number Coloring Worksheets

Dot Number Coloring Worksheets

These acorn dot number coloring worksheets are perfect for fall! My son doesn’t like coloring very much, but he does like using his dot pens! I made these fun worksheets for him to practice identifying numbers 1-10.

Using dot pens (or color with crayons), spot and dot all numbers 1-10. There are two pages of worksheets. They are divided into groups 1-5 and 6-10. Spot the numbers and dot (or color) accordingly.

Pumpkin Coloring

This is a fun math skills worksheet to help your preschooler visual quantities. You can use your dot markers again for this pumpkin coloring worksheet or color in the pumpkins with crayons. Look at the number on the left and then color the same number of pumpkins.

Fall Counting

Get in the fall-spirit with this math worksheet full of cute fall shapes. Count how many of each picture are shown in the box on the left. Then write your answer.

More Math Skills Ideas

Fall I Spy Worksheet

My son loves numbers and counting! I made “I Spy” worksheets for him to practice counting and writing his numbers. There are lots to choose from, including a super cute Fall I Spy worksheet to go along with these acorn dot number coloring worksheets.

Apple Counting Activity

For a more hands-on counting experience, I made an Apple Counting game with flashcards and pompom apples. Download these free flashcards and apple tree picture for your preschooler to practice apple counting too!

Check out my MATH SKILLS page for more math worksheets and ideas.