Today for storytime, the theme was Halloween! Here is a list of books we read:
Haunted Party by Iza Trapani
The Story of the Jack O'Lantern by Kathrine Tegen
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Halloween Goodnight by Doug Cushman
The Story of Jack O'Lantern is based off of Irish folklore and was a great way to teach the children a little history behind the tradition of carving jack o'lanterns each Halloween.
Halloween Goodnight was fun because the children were able to make the noises that the ghosts and werewolfs made when they said goodnight.
Today's craft was a lot of fun. We made paper plate ghosts! All you need is white paper plates, black paper for the eyes and mouth, white paper for the arms, yarn, and white crate paper streamers. I drew the arms out on a piece of paper and made copy for the children to have a pattern, but I let them choose what shape of eyes and mouth to make. We had circle eyes, triangle eyes, and just about every other shape imaginable. Some ghosts were frowning, some were saying OOOOO, and others were smiling. The children loved the crate paper streamers that gave the plates their ghostly appearance.
Here are some songs/chants that we sang:
Ring Around the Pumpkins
Ring around the pumpkins,
A pocket full of spiders,
We all fall down!
The ghosts are in the meadow,
Drinking withces brew,
We all stand up!
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate (five fingers up)
The first one said "Oh my it's getting late" (hands on cheeks)
The second one said "There's a chill in the air" (arms around self)
The third one said "But we don't care" (swing pointer finger)
The fourth one said "We're ready for some fun!" (hands in the air)
The fifth one said "Let's run, run, run!" (running motion)
So woooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And the five litle pumpkins rolled out of sight!
First two eyes (point at eyes)
And then a nose (point to nose)
Then a mouth with teeth in rows! (big grin)
Oh! Oh! Spooky sight,
Jack-o-lanterns in the night!
I also made tootsie pop ghosts to hand out at the end. All you need is tootsie pop suckers, napkins, yarn, and a marker!
We had a great turn out today! Thanks everyone for comming!