“Halloween” toddler storytime

toddler halloween

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

The roly-poly pumpkin (Itsy Bitsy Spider)
Oh, the roly-poly pumpkin
Went rolling down the hill.
Once it started rolling
It couldn’t keep still.
It rolled and rolled
Until it bumped into a rock.
Then the roly-poly pumpkin
Rolled to a stop.
Source: King County Library System

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!
Source: Traditional
The More we Boo Together
The more we boo together, together, together,
The more we boo together the scarier we’ll be.
‘Cause my boo plus your boo will make goblins boo-hoo.
The more we boo together the scarier we’ll be.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin

 

Ten Little Pumpkins
Ten little pumpkins sitting in a row (hold up 10 fingers)
When they see the moonlight,
They wiggle just so.
They wiggle to the left
They wiggle to the right.
Then they close their vines (make fists)
And say night-night!
Source: King County Library System

If You’re a Monster
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it,
Then your arms will surely show it,
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms
If you’re a monster and you know it, stomp your feet…
If you’re a monster and you know it, show your claws…
Source: Adapted traditional

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early Literacy Tip: Organize Halloween candy in different ways. Organize by shape, size, candy name, or even candy type, and then trade! This activity helps to reinforce the importance of math in everyday life.
Source: Early Literacy Connection

Shape recognition also aids in letter knowledge when children start to read.

 

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