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Autumn Leaves (Parachute) Activity

Autumn Leaves (Parachute) Activity

It's nearly the end of March, which means it's autumn time for us here in the southern hemisphere! Autumn can be such a fun time, so we're going to sing a new song about the season.

(Pssst... There's a link to a recording of the song at the end of this post... a Rocking the Playroom first!)

This activity is best done outside under a (deciduous) tree, where the children can pick up the autumn leaves. I'm going to incorporate our new parachute into this activity, but you don't have to have a parachute to sing this song. Instead, you could just sing the song and do the actions, and then in the chorus, get the children to grab handfuls of leaves and toss them in the air. To get things started, it's a good idea to rake up a pile of leaves.

Lie the parachute on the ground and then get the children to collect leaves and place them on the parachute. Then get them to stand around the parachute (while it's still on the ground). Sing the verses like this, then in the chorus, get the children to pick up the parachute and walk to the left or right (alternate for the chorus repeats). I'll be playing the guitar, so I'll rely on one or more adult helpers to demonstrate the actions and direct traffic while I'm playing!

Verse 1
One day it’s warm, sunny and hot [arms outstretched, look up to the sun]
And then suddenly, it’s certainly not [hands on hips, look "disappointed" at the sun]
The wind comes up, there’s a chill in the air [wave hands from side to side like the wind]
And you might have to find a jersey to wear [button up your jersey]

Chorus
It’s Autumn time, so sing this rhyme [pick up the parachute and circle to the left/right]
It might be cold, but I’m also told
It’s a beautiful season, and also the reason
To toss some leaves in the air, like you just don’t care!

[On the word "leaves" get the kids to shake the parachute so that the leaves go flying up. Then play some music while they run around collecting more leaves and placing them on the parachute. Once there are enough leaves, get the kids to stand around the edge of the parachute and do the actions.]

Verse 2
The leaves turn brown, yellow and red [shake hands from high to low, like leaves falling]
And some animals hibernate in their bed [pretend to sleep]
But as for you, there’s work to do [wag forefinger]
Let’s rake up the leaves, and then eat a hot stew! [raking motion, then "eat" from a bowl with a spoon]

to Chorus

Verse 3
When we wake up, it’s a little bit dark [close and open eyes, then look around confused in the "dark"]
And we go home earlier from the park [swing arms and walk on the spot]
It’s time for the farmers to harvest their crops ["pick" "crops"]
Their hard work just never ever stops [shake head]

to Chorus

And a Rocking the Playroom first... Here's a recording of the song. It's our first attempt and certainly could be more polished, but I'm sure you'll bear with us as we get there! Thanks to DH for his production skills on his newly minted copy of Ableton!

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