Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We read Halloween Stories today in storytime.  The first book read was called Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini.  We then did a finger play about witches that went like this: 
 One Little, Two Little, Three Little Witches
(fingers up, one, two, three)
Fly over Haystacks, fly over ditches
( one hand flies up and over)
Slide down moonbeams without any hitches,
(slide the flying hand down the other arm) 
 Hi, Ho! Halloween's here
(hands on hips, then hands up, palm out)
We then read the Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian and did a flannel story of the witch.  Fun story.  I think the kids really enjoyed it.  The next three books that we read where about monsters and pumpkins.  We read GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER! by Ed Emberley and Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas and Ollie's Halloween by Olivier Dunrea.  I did a flannel story of the big green monster with the book also.

           Closed with a song to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star that went like this:
Pumpkin, pumpkin orange and round.
Sittling right there on the ground
Once you were a seed so small
Now you are a great orange ball
Pumpkin, pumpkin orange and round,
Rolling, rolling on the ground.

Craft:  3D jack-o-lanterns
Supplies:  3 paper pumpkins, glue, crayons
Create a face on each pumpkin, fold in half and glue them together,  open up and you have a pumpkin.
Everyone made great jack-o-lanterns.  Everyone did a great job today.  Thank you all for your help.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Todays storytime was all about bats.  We started by asking the kids what they knew about bats and we did a fingerplay about the 5 little bats hanging upside down.  We then read the story "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon.    After we read the story we talked some more about bats and then I shared with them the non-fiction book "Amazing Bats" by Seymour Simon, which had great pictures and facts about bats.

We then did an activity about bats where I held up a sign that said night and they flew around like bats and when I showed the sign that said day they curled up as upside down as they could get and wrapped their arms around themselves and pretended they were sleeping.

Next, I shared the book by Lucille Colandro, called "There was an old lady who swallowed a bat!". 

Our next activity was to choose a child and blindfold them, he was the bat.  All the other kids where the insects (bat food).  The bat went "beep, beep" and the insects went "buzz, buzz" and if the bat caught the insects he sent them to the bat cave.  We only had time to do one child as the bat but this could be fun to do with kids at home.  To calm them down a little before we did the craft I read the story "Bat's Big Game" by Margaret Read MacDonald.

Craft time was a simple coloring page of a bat. 

The kids were great today, participating in all the activities.  I wish I would have remembered the camera to get a few pictures to add to the blog today but I forgot it!

Have a great week!!!  Thanks for your participation.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What is a SPIDER?!

SPIDERS where the topic of our storytime today. 
Books we read:
About Arachnids (Spiders) by Cathryn Sill
Little Miss Spider by David Kirk
The Eensy Weensy Spider FREAKS OUT! by Troy Cummings
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

 Before reading Eensy Weensy Spider, we did the finger play of Itsy Bitsy Spider.  The kids knew it better than I did! 

Craft project:  We made our own SPIDERS.

Supplies needed:   Black fuzzy sticks for legs, black poms poms for the body and google eyes.
Take the Fuzzy Stick and fold in half, cut, fold in half again, cut.  You should have four fuzzy sticks the same size.  Take and twist the fuzzy sticks until bound together then take the eight ends and bend them how you want them.  This makes up the legs.  Glue the Pom pom to the legs to make the body.  Depending on the size of the pom poms you use you may want to use 2 pom poms, one for the head and the other for the body.  Glue on the eyes, let dry.
Here are pictures of the kids making their own spiders.

Great Job everyone!  Thanks for coming.  Hope to see you all next week.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Thank you so much to Heather for covering storytime.  I heard it went well and that everyone had a great time. 

Books that were read were:
        Big Dog, Little Dog by PD Eastman
        Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
        Knick Knack Paddy Whack illustrated by Christine Engel

We also had some games to play about dogs,  BINGO - song with cards for kids to hold up and a pin the tail on the dog.

       Kids created their own dogs with shapes.  This idea came from Chandra (mom) from a drawing a dog project her kids brought home from school,  we cut out the shapes and had the kids glue their own dogs together.

Again, Thank You for all your participation.  Cya next week.