A Fingerplay and Story for Early Autumn

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The fingerplay 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.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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