PLEASE NOTE: I have a backlog of storytime themes and activities from my first month on the job that I would like to document here; please pardon the dust as I try to catch up. :)
Spooky Storytime was a program planned before I accepted my current position, but since I had the privledge of working with another staff member (who does Books & Babies) to present it, I had no worries about it. Also, Halloween is easily my favorite holiday, so this storytime (and all the spooky fun that went with it) was right up my alley.
Here's the Setlist*:
Assortment of Halloween Riddles & Jokes**
(various paperback books)
How do Mama ghosts keep their babies safe in the car?
They put them in their car sheets!
Where's My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi
The Boo Baby Girl Meets the Ghost of Mable's Gable by Jim May
The 'Hooky Spooky'
It's the Hokey Pokey - but way more fun. Same tune, with a few fun changes:
You put your hand bones (I used this one for practice)/funny bone (elbow)/skull/tailbone (bottom)/whole skeleton in,
you put your ____ out,
you put your ____ in
and you *rattle* it all about.
You do the Hooky Spooky and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about - BOO! (instead of clap)
The Walking Casket***
The text of the story is pretty silly... a walking casket contains a monster who turns his victims into mummies... until a chance encounter with a brave ghost who blows out the monster's candle at midnight. The thing is, casket, monster, victim, mummies, candle, midnight, and ghost are all trigger words for sounds in the story. I think we had more fun watching me trying to keep up with Mrs. M's reading (I was holding up clipart cue cards for the triggers)... but it was a good time.
The Little Orange House***
The Halloweiner by Dav Pilkey
Craft: Edible Spiders
The craft was really a treat. We used jumbo marshmallows for bodies and chow mein noodles for legs... then we did the grossly unthinkable and we ate them. :) We also had bat rings, finger puppets, and tattoos from Oriental Trading that we handed out.
It was a great night!
* I call my storytime plans "Setlists" because I actually carry a half sheet of paper into the Story Room with me to remind me what I'm doing. It's all keyword/notes, so that's what it looks like to me - a setlist. And, "setlist" cracks me up. We're rockstars! :D
** I had some reservations about jokes and riddles with a K-4 group, but those reservations just proved how new I am to the storytime game. The kids and parents ate them up with a spoon.
*** These stories were improvised from stories we'd heard about...