Thursday, October 6, 2011

Storytime Review

Pumpkin Heads at the Library!

Pumpkin Heads were recently spotted at the library during Story Time. Using a theme of pumpkins this week for story time we read, Pumpkin Heads by Wendall Minor, This is Not a Pumpkin by Bob Staake, Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin by Victoria Kann.

For our craft this week we made a fun jack-o-lantern wreath with a paper plate and some black and orange die cut pumpkins. We added some green yarn at the top for a "vine" to hang the wreath up. Some children enjoyed making a pattern with the alternating colors of pumpkins, but most just enjoyed sticking them on the paper plate in a fun random way.

We sang "Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin" to the tune of "Have You Ever Seen a Lassie":
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin.
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows from a vine?
An orange one, a black one, purple one, a green one?
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows from a vine?

This song went along well with our story about Pinkalicious, who wanted to find a pink pumpkin! As we sung the color names I held up a stick puppet of each colored pumpkin. We sang the song several times and changed the colors we sang and the order we sang them in. We also used stick puppets for the poem "Jack-o-Happy".

The most fun of the day was bouncing an inflatable pumpkin in the parachute while we played some Halloween music.

Next week: Ghosts!
Michele, Children's Librarian

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