Halloween

What a delightful group this week!  Everyone managed to keep their Halloween excitement under control and join in the fun! We started with our Opening Song. This week one of my favorite Wiggleworms suggested we say hello to the BOOKS!

BOOK: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom

As I told the kids today, I am really not sure how I never saw this book before last week, but I LOVE IT!  Rollicking rhyme (with perfectly adorable illustrations by Axel Sheffler) about a witch who looks kinda scary but really treats her new friends nicely.  In the end her new friends help her out of a scary situation.  Absolutely hilarious!  Best part was a couple of kids were clearly familiar with the book and were huge fans – their excitement and anticipation was catching!  (OK, I have one tiny warning – this book is a smidge long for young preschoolers.  There is no good way to edit it on the fly either.  Because it was our first and longest book of the day it worked out well – but use caution with young 3s!)

SONG: If You’re A Ghost and You Know It

Here is the basic premise:

If you’re a ghost and you know it just say “BOO!”
If you’re a ghost and you know it just say “BOO!”
If you’re a ghost and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a ghost and you know it just say “BOO!”

As luck would have it we had a Wiggleworm who was dressing up as a ghost this year!  Instead of using the full (and very cute) version linked linked below, we went around the room and did a verse for each kid’s costume – we had a firefighter (just say “woooo”) a ballerina (stand on your toes) a princess (give a curtsey) Luke Skywalker (use the force) Derek Jeter (say “home run!”) Lightening McQueen (just say “Zoom!”) and several others I just can’t remember right now – this was SO MUCH FUN!!  A little crazy coming up with ideas on the fly, but everyone joined in (thank you Moms) and helped find a way to make the verses work!

Here is the full original version:
http://sunflowerstorytime.com/tag/ghosts/

BOOK: Ghost in the House
by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Ghost in the House

Another new delightful Halloween find!  The illustrations in this book are fabulous, tons of texture and spot on facial emotions.  Thank you to illustrator Adam Record!  Very fun book that includes a bit of counting practice, a bit of guessing from context clues and a cute twist on scary ghosts, witches and monsters.  Turns out the creepy creatures in this haunted house are actually scared of kids!

GAME CUBE!- check out the link to these fun songs we pick by rolling our Game Cube dice!

This week we grew a banana!

BOOK: Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Go Away Big Green Monster

This classic is well loved at our library!  I have read this many times to our baby & toddler group and have always liked it, but this book is pure magic with slightly older kids.  They helped me shout GO AWAY to get rid of the monster and were completely enthralled with how the overlapping cut pages actually makes the monster disappear bit by scary bit.  

FLANNEL BOARD:

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Hiding Monsters!

After going through the colors of all 10 monsters we took turns hiding one monster and trying to guess which color monster went away.  Very simple and very fun.  Since our group today was tipped toward younger kids, we kept the hidden monster off the board so the game got easier as it went along.  The game can be made much more challenging for an older group by replacing the hidden monster after each round.  Thank you to Miss Mary Libery at http://missmaryliberry.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/flannel-friday-monsters-the-easy-peasy-mac-n-cheesy-way/  for this awesome and very easy felt game!

SHUFFLE DANCE: Check out our dance list here!

We added a new Halloween dance to the shuffle this week:  Hap Palmer’s Witch’s Brew – lots of the kids knew the song!

CRAFT:  Pop-Up Ghosts

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Super easy and fun craft – can be adapted for many different age groups!

MATERIALS:

Paper cups with a hole pre-cut into bottom of cup
Pre-cut  ghost shapes
Halloween stickers
Markers
Popsicle sticks
Tape

DIRECTIONS:

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For this age group I had the kids decorate their own ghosts (for the toddlers I gave them the pre-decorated ghosts already on the stick!).  Next we stuck them onto the popsicle stick.  The kids had fun decorating their paper cups with stickers and then putting the ghost on a stick through the hole and yelling BOO!

Source: Check out this craft and several other great Halloween craft ideas at  http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/halloween/

Closing Rhyme & Song

How It Went:

Last weekend our town held its 125th annual Halloween Parade.  This is one of my favorite events every year and I was so excited.  My preschooler was not though.  This year my son was just the slightest bit freaked out at seeing everyone dressed up.  I wanted to have a Halloween theme this week but I also wanted to subtlety hint at ways to make scary creatures a little less scary.  I am so glad I found some great books that demystify monsters, witches and things that go bump in the night. Very fun group and very well behaved kids!  I had a blast and I think everyone else did too!

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