Monday, November 7, 2011

Halloween Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink (from Car Songs: Songs to Sing Anywhere by Dennis Buck at Kimbo), Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Snappy Little Halloween by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Derek Matthews (pop-up)
  • Stand-up Activity - Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern (action rhyme written by Carol Hopkins)
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern turn around.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern roll on the ground.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern dance on your toes.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern light up your nose.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern reach up high.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern jump to the sky.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern smile with heat.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern find your seat.
  • Bridge - Open Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap
  • Flannelboard/Math Activity - Three Little Pumpkins (my notes do not say where I found this rhyme)
  • Sit-down Activity - I Know a Little Pumpkin (fingerplay written by Carol Hopkins)
I know a little pumpkin who sat on a wall
(large circle in front of body)
I know this pumpkin had a great fall
(touch ground)
He rolled out the garden
(roll hands)
He rolled down the street
He rolled to a stop in front of a gate
(one hand palm out for stop)
Along came kid with a design update
(tap head)
Later that night as the kids trick or treated
By the door sat the pumpkin with a smile that greeted
(point to smile)
  • Book #2 - Maisy's Halloween by Lucy Cousins (board book)
  • Activity – Pumpkins Over There (action rhyme written by Carol Hopkins)
Pumpkins small
(make small pumpkin with hands)
Pumpkins tall
(hands up high)
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere
(spin around)
Pumpkins fat
(hands make fat pumpkin)
And pumpkins thin
(hands together almost touching)
Pumpkins, pumpkins over there!
(point across the room)
  • Closing - Eggshakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Triangle jack-o-lantern: Give each child an orange pumpkin shape and some small yellow triangles. Invite the children to make a jack-o-lantern face by gluing on the triangles.

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