Wednesday, October 29

Halloween Storytime

The storytime was for a preschool-aged group at my library.

Read Aloud Books

Where's My Mummy?Written by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by John Manders

Little Baby Mummy wants to play one more game of Hide 'n Shriek with Big Momma Mummy before bedtime. But then he can't seem to find her anywhere! And there's a lot of things that go bump in the night. So, I thought this book would be awesome because there's some really fun sound effects and repetition...but my kids didn't like it. Maybe it wasn't exciting enough for Halloween.

Go Away, Big Green Monster!Written and illustrated by Ed Emberly

Even as the monster starts to form, you can chase it away piece by piece! It's a classic, and the kids really enjoyed it. I think their hyper-selves appreciated the chance to yell "GO AWAY" really loud, repeatedly.

The Very Busy SpiderWritten and illustrated by Eric Carle

Spider is too busy spinner her web to ride with the horse or play with the sheep. While not necessarily a Halloween book, it was the perfect segue into my craft today. And the kids really enjoyed identifying the animals and making animal sounds. Definitely the less-scary option.

Songs and Rhymes

Action Rhyme: “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

Song: If You’re a Monster and You Know It
(Tune: If you're happy and you know it)
If you’re a monster and you know it clap your paws
If you’re a monster and you know it clap your paws
If you’re a monster and you know it
and your really want to show it
If you’re a monster and you know it clap your paws

…wave your claws, give a roar, stomp the floor

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 hairy spider…

Games and Activities

Felt: Knock-Knock

Originally, I was going to do a "Brown owl, brown owl, what do you see?" felt story with these characters, but I changed my mind at the last minute. Instead, I did this rhyme, stolen from my coworker:

Knock, knock! Why, there must be more
Trick-or-treaters at my door!
Open up, who do I see?
A _____ looking at me!

We liked to practice our colors in sign language with each one as we said each character

Craft: Spider-Web

A really awesome craft for preschoolers. It really practices their fine motor skills while they have some fun weaving. In preparation, I cut yard-length pieces of yarn and hole-punched the edges of some black paper plates. To get a good fill, the web used two pieces of yarn. Then, I purchased little plastic spider rings to stick in the middle. The craft was hugely popular.

Other Book Ideas

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of AnythingWritten by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

The MonstoreWritten by Tara Lazar, illustrated by James Burks

Room on the BroomWritten by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky TreatWritten by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

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