“Autumn Maples Leaves” courtesy of oano roxana birtea / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Here in Tokyo, Japan, the autumn leaves have turned colors. Now beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows fill the sky. Little by little, the leaves tumble to the ground.
My Kindergarten students delight in gathering the fallen leaves. We have a very simple song about the autumn leaves that I’d like to share with you. If you have a xylophone or glockenspiel, you can play it by starting at the shortest bar (C) (do), and going step by step to the longest bar (C).
Autumn Leaves Song One (traditional melody)
Down, down, down, down, the leaves are falling to the ground.
do ti la sol fa mi re do
My students will sing this song over and over again until you finally bring the song to a close by saying “Last time” and eliminating the “Whoosh!”
If you have colored leaves, let students dance with the leaves in their hands. If you don’t have colored leaves, you can have students make them out of construction paper. They can paint or color them. My students also love to dance with lightweight scarves (available at West Music.com — item # 540053). As students sing, they move their bodies lower and lower, just like the music. When they sing “Whoosh!” they pretend to scoop up the leaves / scarves and start again.
You can make this song a little more complicated by adding the colors of autumn leaves.
Autumn Leaves Song Two
Adapted by K. Kampa
Red, yellow, orange, and brown, the leaves are falling to the ground.
Here’s a video to give you some ideas (click on the arrows in the lower right corner of the screen to get a full video image):