Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

This week at both Family and Baby Storytime we celebrated Halloween with songs, fingerplays, flannel stories and, of course costumes and treats! Here is a sampling of what we shared this week :

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
Halloween Forest by Marion Dane Bauer
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler

Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Cimarusti
Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

One of my all-time favorite cut-and-tell stories was shared -- "The Little Old Lady and the Cat"

Once upon a time there lived a little old lady and her cat.
Make sure to fold paper with open end at top
They had outgrown their house, so one day they went for a walk to find a new one.

Cut paper as you tell story -- make a notch at the top for the stem

Cut a high, tilted door on right for pumpkin's mouth

They came upon the perfect house and decided to move in.
However, there was no door in the house ...
So, the little old lady (who wore a tall, pointed hat) made a door fit just for her
Cut a smaller door in middle of house for pumpkin nose
cut a big door

Make a hole and cut through to make window (pumpkin eyes)

The cat wanted his own door as well, so the little old lady made a door fit just for him
cut a smaller door for the cat
When they moved inside, they realized there were no windows!
So, the little old lady made a window in the house.
cut a window in the paper
When their new house was finished, the little old lady put up the calendar on the wall.
"Oh my goodness!" she cried. "Today is Halloween!"
In all their hard work, they had forgotten about Halloween -- and had no decorations!
But when they looked further ... they realized they had the perfect jack-o-lantern.

Flannel Stories We Shared :

This is the House that is Haunted
This is the house that is haunted ...
This is the moon that shines on the house that is haunted.
These are the bats that fly past the moon that shines ...
This is the ghost that startles the bats that fly past the moon ...
These are the trees that sway in the breeze that flutters the ghost who startles the bats ...
This is the cat that sits by the trees that sway in the breeze ...
This is the pumpkin that glows in the dark that warms the cat who sits by the trees ...

Four Little Spiders
Four little spiders,
Hanging from a tree,
Trying to decide what to wear for Halloween.
The first one said,
"I think I'll wear a hat!"
The second one said,
"I think I'll be a bat!"
The third one said,
"A scary ghost I'll be!"
The fourth one said,
"I think I'll just be me."
So the four little spiders,
Hanging from a tree,
Scared the trick-or treaters on the night of Halloween -- Boo!

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