Original Fall Counting Rhymes and Poems for Preschool and Kindergarten

Fall Counting Poems and Rhymes for Preschool and Kindergarten

Original Fall Counting Rhymes and Poems for Preschool and Kindergarten

Counting poems and rhymes are one of the very first ways parents and teachers engage young children in numeracy through literacy! The rhymes below will encourage number awareness and recognition while helping young kids grasp the cadence of rhyme for early literacy. Gather your Wikki Stix and a few simple supplies to celebrate the fall season with FUN playful learning poems and chants.

5 Little Acorns

5 Little AcornsNote: the following poem can be printed here.

5 Little Acorns sitting in a tree.
Along came Mr. Squirrel as HUNGRY as could be.
Then the fall winds blew and rustled all the leaves.
Down came an acorn;
Mr. Squirrel was PLEASED!
(Repeat with the numbers 4,3,2, and 1)

Wikki Stix Acorn Stick Puppets to Accompany the Rhyme

Materials needed:

  • Brown/White Wikki Stix
  • Craft Sticks or Straws
  • Scissors

Invite the children to make acorns from brown and white Wikki Stix. The kids can make spirals from two strands of brown Wikki Stix and two strands of white Wikki Stix. If desired, the kids can add other features to the acorn top as pictured. The Wikki Stix acorns will adhere to the craft sticks to form the stick puppets for the acorn chant. Read “5 Little Acorns” to the children several times. Have the children hold up their stick puppets and put one behind their back when the “acorn” drops in the chant. *Repeat the chant with numbers 4, 3, 2, and 1 until all stick puppets are behind each child’s back.

5 Little Pumpkins

5 Little PumpkinsNote: The following poem can be printed here.

There were 5 little pumpkins in a patch all alone.
The 1st one said, “I wish a child would take me home!”
The 2nd one said, “Don’t you worry, fuss, or fret!”
The 3rd one said, “I’m as orange as I can get!”
The 4th one said, “I see children by the house!”
The 5th one said, “Shshshs! Let’s be quiet as a mouse!”
Then the children picked the pumpkins from the patch with such delight~
The pumpkins are going home to be carved for Halloween night.

Wikki Stix Pumpkin Stick Puppets to Accompany the Rhyme

Materials needed:

  • Orange and Green Wikki Stix
  • Craft Sticks or Straws
  • Scissors.

Read the 5 Little Pumpkins rhyme to the children. Have the children hold up fingers as the rhyme is read. As the children become more familiar with the rhyme, they will want to read/chant it over and over!

Storytelling: Invite the children to create 5 Pumpkin Stick Puppets. Make a tray with craft sticks or straws and the orange/green Wikki Stix to invite the children to craft and play. When the children learn the rhyme, they can act out the rhyme with the Wikki Stix created stick puppets.

Invite the children to create scenery for their stick puppet play with Wikki Stix. Brainstorm with the children examples of items they might wish to create: a field, pumpkin vines, a house, stick people (for the children in the rhyme), a mouse, and/or a jack-o-lantern. What other things might the children create to enhance re-telling the rhyme with the stick puppets?

5 Little Ghosts (chant or sing to the tune “5 Little Ducks”)

5 Little GhostsNote: the following song can be printed here.

5 Little Ghosts went out to play.
They played in a Haunted House one day.
The old wicked witch called 1 for a snack.
4 Little Ghosts went running back.

4 Little Ghosts went out to play.
They played in a Haunted House one day.
The old wicked witch called 1 for a snack,
3 Little Ghosts went running back.

3 Little Ghosts went out to play.
They played in a Haunted House one day.
The old wicked witch called 1 for a snack.
2 Little Ghosts went running back.

2 Little Ghosts went out to play.
They played in a Haunted House one day.
The old wicked witch called 1 for a snack.
1 Little Ghost went running back.

1 Little Ghost went out to play.
He played in a Haunted House one day.
The old wicked witch called him for a snack.
No little ghosts went running back.
(0) No Little Ghosts went out to play.
There were none in the Haunted House that day.
When the mummy came home for his lunch,
The 5 Little Ghosts had a snack to MUNCH!

Haunted HouseWikki Stix Ghost Stick Puppets to Accompany the Rhyme

Materials needed:

  • White and Black Wikki Stix
  • Craft Sticks
  • Scissors

Invite the kids to create an initial outline of a ghost with the white Wikki Stix on a table or a tray. There is no wrong or right way to create a ghost – the kids can make any outline desired. Have the kids trace inside the original outline with additional white Wikki Stix to fill in the ghost shape. Additional features for the ghost (mouth and eyes) can be created with cut pieces of black Wikki Stix. Use the Wikki Stix created ghosts to sing or chant the counting rhyme below. This is a fun chant/song to sing for Halloween. Older kids may enjoy creating a Wikki Stix Haunted House for pretend play, too.

5 Little Turkeys

5 Little TurkeysNote: the following poem can be printed here.

The 5 Little Turkeys went out to hunt for food.
The 1st one said, “I’m in a THANKFUL mood!”
The 2nd one said, “Let’s go eat some corn!”
The 3rd one said, “It’s a beautiful autumn morn!”
The 4th one said, “I’m filled with GRATITUDE!”
The 5th one said, “I need to change my attitude!”
Then the 5 Little Turkeys ate the corn and sat to rest;
Counting harvest joys and how richly they are blessed!
Insert 5 Little Turkeys Photo here

Wikki Stix Turkey Stick Puppets to Accompany the Rhyme

Materials needed:

  • Assorted Fall Colors of Wikki Stix
  • Craft Sticks or Straws
  • Scissors

To make the Wikki Stix Turkeys: Set out assorted colors of Wikki Stix on a tray or table. Invite the children to create the five turkeys. There is no wrong or right way to craft with Wikki Stix. For younger children, it may be helpful to make an example of a turkey that the children might copy for their own crafts. The turkeys in the photo were made with brown Wikki Stix spirals and assorted Wikki Stix ovals for the feathers. Older children may wish to create the eyes, nose, wattle, and/or feet for their turkey crafts.

Discussion and Retelling Activities

Discussion Activity: Ask the children what it means to be thankful and grateful. Most young children have an idea of what those words mean, but they have difficulty explaining it. Children will often express thankfulness for toys, but help the children expand ideas by brainstorming other possibilities (examples: home, family, friends, church, school, food, clothes, activities, teachers, coaches, etc.). Remind the children that using manners to show thankfulness and gratitude to others is always a great idea. Use the phrase “an attitude of gratitude” frequently when giving or receiving kindnesses. The children will catch on quickly and learn that an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude brings joy!

Retelling the Poem: Invite the children to use the Wikki Stix Turkeys to retell the poem. It is fun to listen to younger children retelling poems and stories (it’s a great tool to enhance early communication and literacy skills, too).

5 Little Ginger Cookies

5-Little-Ginger-Cookies-an-Original-FingerplayNote: the following poem can be printed here.

There were 5 little ginger cookies sitting on a stick.
The 1st one said, “My icing is nice and thick!”
The 2nd one said, “I have 2 candy eyes!”
The 3rd one said, “I need a button, OH MY!”
The 4th one said, “Let’s go run and play!”
The 5th one said, “Soon it’ll be Christmas Day!
Then the 5 little ginger cookies all ran out to play…
Waiting very patiently for SANTA and his sleigh!

Wikki Stix Ginger Cookies Puppets to Accompany the Rhyme

Materials needed:

  • Brown/White/Yellow/Red Wikki Stix
  • Scissors

To create the ginger cookies: Invite the children to craft Gingerbread Cookie Stick Puppets from Wikki Stix. Make a tray with brown and white Wikki Stix (and yellow/red Wikki Stix for the gingerbread cookie decorations). Note: scissors will be necessary for cutting Wikki Stix pieces for the decorations.

There is no right or wrong way to make a Wikki Stix gingerbread cookie. Younger children may wish to only make a brown Wikki Stix spiral for their gingerbread cookie craft.

Older children may wish to make the entire gingerbread cookie with decorations (see photo above). Have the children make a square with two strands of Wikki Stix. Each side of the square should then be pushed slightly inward as in the photo above. The children can then fill in the gingerbread man outline with additional brown Wikki Stix. The gingerbread cookie’s head is made from one brown Wikki Stix strand wrapped to form a tight pinwheel or spiral. If desired, the children can add the eyes, a mouth, a nose, buttons, or other features to their gingerbread cookie craft.

To create the sticks for ginger cookies: Invite the children to twist 2 brown Wikki Stix and 2 white Wikki Stix together to make the “stick” for the gingerbread cookie craft. Place the created ginger cookies on top of the stick to form puppets to use with the counting rhyme.

As the children become more familiar with the poem, they will begin retelling the poem in their own words using the Wikki Stix created stick puppets. Leave the Wikki Stix gingerbread cookie stick puppets out for the children to play with. It is a great way to encourage early literacy skills.

For older children: Invite older siblings or children to read the poem to younger children. The younger children can hold up a stick puppet as each line is read. It is fun to watch younger and older children collaborating in story telling!

For additional playful learning activities for FALL, please see:

Pumpkin Playful Learning Activities for Preschool

Gingerbread Themed Lesson Plan for Preschool and Kindergarten

Fall, Harvest, and Thanksgiving Lesson Plan for Preschool and Kindergarten

Fall Trees and Leaves Playful Learning with Wikki Stix

5 Little Ghosts and Halloween Storytelling for Kids

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