I love doing Halloween storytime with the toddlers, because they are SO CUTE when they come in costume.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo, illustrated by Valeria Petrone
MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
10 Pumpkins (from Artfelt)
Little Mouse’s Halloween House
(Pattern & story from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra)
One day in the fall, a little gray mouse found a big orange house.
She nibbled a hole in the middle to make the door.
She nibbled 2 holes near the top to make windows.
She nibbled a wide hole near the bottom so her children could run in and out.
Then she put a candle inside so the house was never dark.
The mouse’s little house
was a sight to be seen.
It was a jack-o’-lantern —
MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
“Goblin Night” from Little Bear Halloween Stories
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: 10 Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage
Book: What Am I? Halloween by Ann Margaret Lewis, pictures by Tom Mills
Book: Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: It’s Halloween Night by Jennifer O’Connell, illustrated by Jennifer Morris
HOW IT WENT:
The 10am storytime was really hard. Infant today was difficult too, and I just think that carried over. As I mentioned in my infant post, I think that wearing a costume has a freeing effect — it gets the kids excited. But it also is adorable, so I don’t want to do away with it.
I feel like sometimes I am running the program with two different minds — one is focused on reading the books, and following the agenda for the storytime. The other is taking stock of what is happening in the room, and wondering if I should be doing something about, or modifying behavior, or things like that. If two kids are running around, do I just ignore it and focus on the ones who are listening? I don’t know. I need to become better at crowd management/control.
The 11am storytime was a lot better though. And there were not as many children in costume. Coincidence?
ATTENDANCE: 10 am: 40 people 11 am: 48 people
* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page