Monsters don’t scare me!

As Halloween approaches, I find it fun to do a monster storytime 🙂

Next week, we’ll be reading Halloween stories at Panera. Registration starts tomorrow!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Pop-up): Little Monsters by Jan Pienkowski
*Song/Fingerplay: 10 Little Monsters
Read-aloud #2: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Puppet Story: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)
Read-aloud #3: Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
**Fingerplay: Scary Eyes
Read-aloud #4: If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley
***Action Rhyme: If I Were a Monster
Read-aloud #5: Halloween Sky Ride by Elizabeth Spurr
Song/Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Ten Little Monsters
(Tune: “Ten Little Indians”)

One little, two little,
Three little monsters
Four little, five little,
Six little monsters
Seven little, eight little,
Nine little monsters
Ten of them can’t scare me!

Ten little, nine little,
Eight little monsters
Seven little, six little,
Five little monsters,
Four little, three little,
Two little monsters,
One of them can’t scare me!

None of them can scare me!

**Scary Eyes
See my big and scary eyes? (Form circles around eyes with fingers.)
Get ready for a big surprise. (Cover face with hands.)
Boo! (Uncover face peek-a-boo style.)

***If I Were a Monster
If I were a happy monster, I’d go HA HA HA
If I were a sad monster, I’d go BOO HOO HOO
If I were an angry monster, I’d go STOMP STOMP STOMP
If I were a scared monster, I’d go AAAH! AAAH! AAAH!
But I’m not a monster! I’m (Miss Jennifer), so I’ll READ READ READ

BOO!

It’s been awhile… have you missed me? I’m still settling into my new home and looking for a part-time job. In the meantime, enjoy this preschool Halloween storytime… and enjoy this fun time of the year!

Halloween Open Storytime with Jennifer: October 18, 2006

OPENING:

Put Halloween-related felt pieces on the board and talk about the different characters (costume possibilities).
Opening rhyme: Sometimes my hands are at my side…
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
*Fingerplay: Owl Eyes

PROGRAM:

Read-aloud #1: In a Dark, Dark Wood by David A. Carter (pop-up book)
Song: “The Ghosts Go Gliding” (to the tune of “Ants Go Marching, see Cobb’s I’m a Little Teapot book)
Read-aloud #2: Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
**Monkey Mitt: Pumpkin Pie Rhyme (Witch and 5 Pumpkins)
***Rhyme (with basket and maraca): Stirring our Brew
Read-aloud #3: Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex
Storytell (with Story Props): Go Away Big Green Monster (kit available here)
Read-aloud #4: Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor
Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” from Raffi’s More Singable Songs

CLOSING:

Closing song: “Toe Knee Chestnut”
Closing rhyme: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 fingertips…

*Owl Eyes
There’s a wide-eyed owl
(Circle your eyes with your hands)
With a pointed nose
(Make a beak with your fingers)
Two pointed ears
(Make ears with your fingers)
And claws for toes
(Wiggle your “claws”)
He lives way up
(Point way up)
In the tree
(Way, way up)
And when he looks at you
(Point to children)
He flaps his wings
(Flap your wings)
And says, “Whoo! Whoo!”

**Pumpkin Pie Rhyme
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
A witch flew by…
“Ahhahahahaha, I’m going to make you into pumpkin pie!”
Four little pumpkins… (and so on)

***Stirring our brew…
Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew…
(Pretend to stir.)
Wooooooo! Woooooo!
Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew…
(Stir.)
Wooooooo! Wooooo!
Tip-toe. Tip-toe.
(Pretend to tip-toe.)
BOO!
(Jump out with hands up high.)

Happy Halloween!

It’s almost trick-or-treating time!

Stories Shared:
In a Dark, Dark Wood pop-up version by David Carter
Pumpkin Heads! By Wendell Minor
Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach
Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex
Sweets and Treats by Toni Trent Parker

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Once there was a Pumpkin
Fun with Hands
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Bonus Rhyme:
Pumpkin, pumpkin, round and fat
Turned into a jack-o-lantern just like that!
(Two-sided flannel pieces can be purchased here.)

Music:
Wee Sing: For Halloween
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Go Away, Monsters!

Rawr! This storytime about Monsters did not scare ME! We had a lot of fun over at BV today. I am leaving town on Friday to go to Savannah for the weekend, so Miss Cathleen will be filling in for me over at Central. See you all next week!

Stories Shared:
Little Monsters by Jan Pienkowski (pop-up)
Five Ugly Monsters by Tedd Arnold
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Silly Hat Song
Apples
Five Little Sausages
Tommy Thumb
If You’re Wearing Red Today

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
He sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Music:
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Bats in the Moonlight

Halloween is coming up soon! Today, we read stories about the Moon (and bats, too!), and we did extra rhymes and songs.

Stories Shared:
Moon Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge
Moonlight: the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Autumn Leaves
Once there was a Pumpkin
Fun with Hands
Tommy Thumb
Twinle Twinkle Little Star
Ten Little Fingers
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat sat on the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such a fun
And the dish ran away with spoon.

Bonus Rhyme:
Two Little Bats
Two little bats hanging in a cave
One named Dan, one named Dave
Fly away Dan
Fly away Dave
Come back Dan, come back Dave!

Bonus Flannel Song:
Aiken Drum
There was a man lived in the moon,
lived in the moon, lived in the moon,
There was a man lived in the moon,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
And he played upon a ladle,
a ladle, a ladle,
He played upon a ladle,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
And his eyes were made of gum drops…
And his nose was a banana…
And his mouth was a watermelon…
And is hair was made of green beans…
(Templates can be found in the book 52 Programs for Preschoolers: The Librarian’s Year-Round Planner by Diane Briggs.)

Music:
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)

Halloween Cats

Happy Halloween, Friends! Black cats are a must for Halloween fun, so today’s storytime centered mostly on cats with a few Halloween treats thrown in.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Stories Shared:
In a Dark, Dark Wood pop-up version by David Carter
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Three Little Kittens illustrated by Lorianne Siomades
Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
I Wiggle My Fingers
The Quiet Mouse
Old MacDonald
Apples
Fun with Hands

Bonus Rhyme:
Pumpkin, pumpkin, round and fat
Turned into a jack-o-lantern just like that!

Music:
Wee Sing: For Halloween
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)

Jack Be Nimble…and Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! We had a blast today at storytime. Once again, I was able to do a guest visit over at the Buena Vista Library. I had a super time! I also had fun seeing lots of my friends at the Fall Fun Fest.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Jack Be Nimble
Jack, be nimble,
Jack, be quick,
Jack, jump over the candlestick.

Books Shared:
Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Serfozo

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Apples
Autumn Leaves
Roll Your Hands
Tommy Thumb
Tony Chestnut

Flannel Story:
The Enormous Turnip

Music:
Wee Sing for Halloween
Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band (Shake My Sillies Out)

Pumpkin Pie Rhyme:
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
A witch flew by…
“Ahhahahahaha, I’m going to make you into pumpkin pie!”
Four little pumpkins… (and so on)

Little Miss Muffet…Monsters

After missing last week because of a vacation to Florida, Miss Jennifer is back! She even got to do some guest visits over at the Buena Vista Library on Wednesday.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
He sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Books Shared:
Maisy’s Halloween by Lucy Cousins
Five Ugly Monsters by Tedd Arnold
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Tommy Thumb
Ten Little Fingers
Ten in a Bed
Tony Chestnut

Music:
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Pumpkin Rhyme
Pumpkin, pumkin, round and fat
Turned into a jack-o-lantern just like that!