For the week before and the week of Halloween, we decided to go with Orange and Black. We figured we could branch out or just do a lot of Halloween stuff.
Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)
Story: The Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea. Someone recommended this recently (on a listserv? Storytime Underground?) as a good slightly-spooky Halloween story for little ones. I really like it. It’s vaguely spooky, but also sort of silly, and I think the open-ended nature is really fun. What is in the spooky box? Who knows? The kids were ok with the ambiguous ending, but I don’t think they enjoyed the book as much as I did.
Song: Adaptation of The Witch Casts a Spell by Suzanne Williams (same as last week). Cause once you make a magnet board, you might as well milk it for all it’s worth. Especially if it’s holiday-related.
Song: “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” – cause, you know, flies and spiders. I also made a magnet board of this a few years ago. I cut a hole in the old lady’s stomach so when I laminated it, there’s a nice clear section in the middle where you can see the things she swallows. Between the two songs, I was able to get most of the kids ages 3 and up to the front to put something on the board.
Story: What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt. This is just a total gross-out, but completely age-appropriate for a preschool crowd. The only trick is opening the doors in the right direction so you get the nice, normal sweet thing first and then the icky, yucky, witchy thing. The kids loved this; it was definitely the favorite. I didn’t get any adult complaints about the “rabbit plops” or “goblin pee” – just a general “yuck” sort of laughter.
Closing song: “See You Later”
Craft: Paper plate and yarn spider webs with die cut spiders. We cut twelve slits around the edges of a paper plate and the taped a long piece of yarn to the back. The kids could attach the die cut spider to the plate and then string a web in any design they chose. They had more trouble with this than I remember from the last time I did it; a colleague thought that doing hole punches around the edge of the paper and taping over the end of the yarn shoelace style might be easier.