Today I am sharing with you a fingerplay and story from the Whole Family Rhythms Autumn Guide.
The finger play is a great transition tool if a toddler or preschooler’s energy is a bit frazzled and over the top. Get down at your child’s level and repeat the verse with actions in a sing-songy voice and watch (in amazement!) as they quiet, focus and re-center.
Early Autumn Fingerplay
What do you suppose?
A bee sat on my nose. (place your finger on you nose)
Then what do you think?
He gave me a wink! (wink)
And said, “I beg your pardon, (bow or curtsey)
I thought you were the garden!” (hands out, palms up)
Choose a time once a day or evening to tell the story. Because this particular story is short and sweet you can include older babies as well. By the end of the week they will all be reciting the words with you.
Early Autumn Story
Two Busy Bees
Two little bees work very hard to make their golden honey
They sip sweet nectar from the flowers when the days are sunny
“We are busy, busy, busy!” buzzed the bees “We won’t be home for dinner”
“It takes us many hours to visit all these flowers and it makes us rather dizzy to be so very, very busy!”
Just then the Queen Bee called out “Every worker needs to rest!” So they flew back to their beehive and were proud they’d done their best.
You can make this story as simple or elaborate as you like. You could use your hands for the actions- two fingers for the bees or you could needlefelt two bees and attach them to a long thread to turn them into tiny puppets. Set the scene with a green cloth, a few flowers- real, felted or paper.