Preschool: Halloween

Pumpkins at night

Happy Halloween! This might just be my favorite holiday. Every other time of year we worry quite a bit about how scary stories for kids are, but around Halloween, kids are free to imagine, read, and create scary tales. Great stories plus pumpkin carving and candy equals fun! And if you still need convincing, who doesn’t love a good costume?

little old lady afraid

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Willams

Action Rhyme: Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin, big and round, (Make big circle with hands)
Sitting on the cold, hard ground. (Touch the ground)
Soon I’ll pick you off the vine, (Pretend to pick a pumpkin)
Give you a name, and make you mine (Hug pumpkin tightly)
Carve a face for all to see, (Point to face)
Add a candle for Halloween glee! (Clap your hands)

Halloweiner

Hallo-Weiner by Dav Pilkey

Action Rhyme: 5 Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on the gate. (Hold up 5 fingers behind arm laid horizontally.)
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late.” (Hold up thumb.)
The second one said, “There’s a chill in the air.” (Hold up index finger.)
The third one said, “But we don’t care.” (Hold up middle finger.)
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.” (Hold up ring finger.)
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.” (Hold up pinky.)
Ooooo! Went the wind, and out went the light. (Blow through hands, then clap.)
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight! (Roll hands over and under each other.)

Bone Soup

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

Have you seen the impressive felt board version of this tale created by SLC Book Boy? It’s perfect! (I heard about his fabulous felt version at Storytime Underground blog. Follow it, if you don’t already!)

Craft

Families chose one or more of the Halloween characters to create- a pumpkin, a cat, or a ghost. Each featured a 20131105-213232.jpgslightly different medium for kids to play around with. Families could then take the project home and decorate for Halloween the following day.

Materials:
Paper plate for each character
Liquid glue
Hole punch

For the cat:
Rectangle of black construction paper with 2 triangles drawn on it (for ears)
Triangle of pink construction paper for nose
Rectangle of yellow paper for kids to draw and cut out into any 2 shapes (for eyes)
Crayons and markers
Black streamers
Yarn for hanger

For the pumpkin:
1″ x1″ orange squares of tissue paper
1/2 sheet of green construction paper for kids to cut up (for eyes, nose, and mouth)
Orange streamers
Yarn for hanger

For the ghost:
1/2 sheet of black construction paper for kids to cut into eyes and mouth
White puff balls for eyeballs
White streamers
yarn for hanger

IMG_1225I also had trick or treat bags to pass out, thanks to the fire department, and tattoos! It was great fun helping kids put on their tattoos before they left and watching and listening as I read the Boo! tattoo I put on my hand. Letters and words are everywhere!

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