Halloween Storytime

Date: October 21st, 2017
Theme: Halloween

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together (with sign language)

MOVEMENT SONG: Monster, Monster
Monster, monster, turn around
Monster, monster, touch the ground
Monster, monster, reach up high
Monster, monster, touch the sky
Monster, monster, touch your nose
Monster, monster, grab your toes
Monster, monster, touch your knees
Monster, monster, sit down please

Source: Storytime Katie

FELT STORY: Pumpkin, Pumpkin, What Do You See?
Adapted from Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, what do you see?
I see a Jack O Lantern looking at me!
Jack O Lantern, Jack O’Lantern, what do you see?

I see a Brown Owl looking at me!
Brown Owl, Brown Owl, what do you see?

I see a Purple Bat looking at me!
Purple Bat, Purple Bat, what do you see?

I see a Black Cat looking at me!
Black Cat, Black Cat, what do you see?
I see a White Ghost looking at me!
Whooooooo…..

Source: Storytime Preschool Toddlers

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BOOK: Mouse’s First Halloween by Laurin Thompson

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FELT STORY: Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, “My, it’s getting late.”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “I don’t care!”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “It’s all Halloween fun!”
Then oooooh went the wind, and out went the lights!
And the five little pumpkins rolled clear out of sight.

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MOVEMENT: If You’re a Ghost and You Know It
Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re a ghost and you know it, just say BOO!
If you’re a ghost and you know it, just say BOO!
If you’re a ghost and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a ghost and you know it, just say BOO!
If you’re a black cat and you know it, say MEOW……
If you’re a bat and you know it, flap your wings…
If you’re a skeleton and you know it, Shake your bones……
If you’re a wolf and you know it, give a howl…
If you love Halloween and you know it, clap your hands…….

Adapted from: Sunflower Storytime

BOOK: Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette

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FINGERPLAY: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
The great big spider went up the water spout . . .
The teeny, weeny spider went up the water spout. . .
The Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Great Big Spider, and the Teeny Weeny Spider

A variation on the Itsy Bitsy Spider:  Sing this song three times, using a “great big scary spider voice” and a “teeny weeny spider voice” on those verses.

BOOK: Plumply Dumply Pumpkin written by Mary Serfozo

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FINGERPLAY: Two Little Bats
Tune: two little blackbirds
Two little bats, sitting on a hill
One named Jack, and one named Jill
Fly away Jack, Fly awake Jill
Come back Jack, Come back Jill

Two little bats, sitting on a stick
One named Slow, and one named Quick
Fly away Slow, Fly away Quick
Come back Slow, Come back Quick

Two little bats, sitting on a cloud
One named Soft, and one named Loud
Fly away Soft, Fly away Loud
Come back Soft, Come back Loud

Two little bats, flying through the sky
One named Low, and one named High
Fly away Low, Fly away High
Come back Low, Come back High

Source: Miss Meg’s Storytime

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FELT STORY: All The Leaves Are Falling Down
Tune: London Bridge
Find the template here
All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down (Imitate leaves falling down)
All the leaves are falling down, red, orange, green, and brown.
Falling softly as they do, over me and over you,
All the leaves are falling down, orange, yellow, red and brown.
Take the rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up  (Imitate raking leaves)
Take the rake and rake them up, it is Fall.
Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in,  (Children jump forward)
Make a pile and jump right in, it is Fall.

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MOVEMENT: Ring Around the Pumpkins

Ring around the pumpkins,
Pockets full of spiders,
Boo! Boo!
We all fall down!

The ghosts are in the meadow,
Drinking witches brew,
Boo! Boo!
We all stand up!

CLOSING SONG: Ram Sam Sam
I do this song with actions. Then I take out a verse each time and just mouth it with the actions. By the end the children sing the entire song with just the actions and no words. They think this is hilarious. 

QUESTIONS:
What are you going to dress up as for Halloween?
Did you notice the leaves changing colour outside?

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Halloween trick or treating at Wesbrook Village and carving pumpkins, art, and haunted house at the community centre.

ATTENDANCE:  5 children between the ages of 2.5 – 4.5.

REFLECTIONS:
The song that went over best during this storytime was “If You’re a Ghost and You Know It!” The children loved howling and get up to dance.

The Pumpkin, Pumpkin felt story made it easy for the children to say the story with me out loud. This was a nice addition.

I always lose one child when I go to read a book! This is my third storytime at the Welcome Centre. I always lose on child who wanders away when I go to read a book! I tried to chose simple ones.

One of the Moms came up to me afterwards and said “the storytime was impressive.” Woo hoo! My third storytime and I am starting to get a hang of it. Altogether I’d say storytime was a success!

 

 

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Five Little Pumpkins

 

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Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “Well I don’t care!”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “It’s all Halloween fun!”
Then oooooh went the wind, and out went the lights!
And the five little pumpkins rolled clear out of sight.

Fall Leaves Template

 

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All the Leaves are Falling Down
Tune:  London Bridge Is Falling Down

All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down (Imitate leaves falling down)
All the leaves are falling down, red, orange, green, and brown.

Falling softly as they do, over me and over you,
All the leaves are falling down, orange, yellow, red and brown.

Take the rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up  (Imitate raking leaves)
Take the rake and rake them up, it is Fall.

Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in,  (Children jump forward)
Make a pile and jump right in, it is Fall.

 

 

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Slippery Fish

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Check out the template for this felt story here!

Slippery fish, slippery fish,
sliding through the water.
Slippery fish, slippery fish,
Gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no, its been eaten by an…
Octopus, octopus squiggling in the water,
octopus, octopus
gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no, its been eaten by an…
Tuna fish, tuna fish,
flashing through the water.
Tuna fish, tuna fish
gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no its been eaten by a…
Great White Shark, Great White Shark
lurking in the water.
Great White Shark, Great White Shark
gulp, gulp, gulp.
Oh no, its been eaten by a…
Humongous whale, humongous whale
spouting in the water.
Humongous whale, humongous whale
gulp, gulp, gulp
(burps) excuse me!

Make Your Own Felt Board DIY

I am going to be running a story time at a Welcome Centre for the first time tomorrow. I have many felt stories I could use, but no felt board. I needed to make my own quickly and on a budget.

I grabbed a whiteboard on my way home from the local dollar store for $10 CAD. It is extremely lightweight and portable which I liked. I also liked that I can use the whiteboard side for extra literacy activities!

I purchased a mini-craft glue gun for $5 CAD and a pack of glue sticks for $1.50 CAD at the same store.

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This is what the back of the whiteboard looked like when I unwrapped it. It was not the sturdiest, but like I said it was lightweight and cheap. I would be covering this area with felt regardless. Since the screws weren’t attached it was a smooth surface to work with which was perfect for this project.

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The felt I had previously purchased at Michael’s was not big enough to cover the whole surface (12 in x 18 in) so I decided to use one blue and one green piece.

IMG_3771IMG_3770I simply cut the felt free hand to match the width of the whiteboard and I used the glue gun to stick the felt only around the edges of the board.