Spooky Storytime

We are continuing our Halloween themed story time here at the Kendallville Public Library. Our stories this week were: I Like Pumpkins by Jerry Smith, Creepy Monsters Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen, and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.

 

Our songs this week were:

Halloween!!

Hallowe’en! Hallowe’en!
Oh, what funny things are seen!
Witches’ hats, coal black cats,
Broomstick riders, bats and rats!

Hallowe’en! Hallowe’en!
Jack-o-Lanterns light the scene.
Costumes queer, shrieks of fear,
Strangest night in all the year!

The Great Pumpkin

Oh, you’d better not shriek,
You’d better not groan,
You’d better not howl,
You’d better not moan,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town!

He’s gonna find out
From folks that he meets
Who deserves tricks
And who deserves treats.
Great Pumpkin is coming to town!

He’ll search in every pumpkin patch,
Haunted houses far and near
To see if you’ve been spreading gloom,
Or bringing lots of cheer.

Oh, you’d better not shriek,
You’d better not groan,
You’d better not howl,
You’d better not moan,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town!

 

We recently started incorporating dance into our story time. I will read the group our selected books, we dance for 30 minutes, and then we do our craft for the remainder of the time. The songs that are the most interactive are by Jim Gill. Most of the songs are guided so the kids know what actions are expected. When you play just regular music the kids tend to get a little shy. Jim Gill songs always get them out of their shells and dancing like crazy!

Our craft this week was a special fall tree. Our supplies were washable finger paint, an old egg carton, white paper, and crayons.

First have the kids draw a tree trunk using a brown crayon. If they don’t know what to do tell them to draw a big rectangle. After that push up the sleeves and get ready to paint! My advise is to tell them to use one finger only. Have them show you one finger and tell them only that finger gets in the paint. This cuts down on accidents where paint gets on clothing and it also slows them down so the craft lasts longer. With their one finger dip just the tip in the paint and make a beautiful fall tree top. I used yellow, orange, red, and brown.

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