23 October 2015
I don't do holiday storytimes at my library, but I do use themes that are very similar to those found in holiday storytimes. This week we had a pumpkin-themed storytime, and we learned about real pumpkins and read about pretend pumpkins, all without talking about Halloween or trick-or-treating or jack o'lanterns.
Book: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Troiano
Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Book: From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
Five Little Pumpkins:
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "Oh, my, it's getting late"
The second one said, "There's a chill in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "We're ready for some fun!"
The fifth one said, "Let's run, run, run!"
So "woo" went the wind and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
Book: Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKay
Sitting on a wall
Tip and fall
Rolling down the street
Good enough to eat!
Book: The Very Best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton
Song: "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
Book: Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan by Rob Scotton
For our craft, we made paper pumpkins. Take any sheet of paper and cut it into 1-inch strips. Punch holes in both ends of the strips, then attach them with brads. Fan out the strips into a round ball to make the pumpkin. Add a green pipe cleaner, curled around a pencil, for the vine. When I did this craft, I showed the children some different colored and striped gourds as well and provided a variety of paper colors so they could be creative with their pumpkins. We ended up with orange pumpkins, green striped pumpkins, blue pumpkins, and rainbow pumpkins.