Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Spooky

Spooky me and spooky you, it's spooky time so let's say BOO! 

#READ – Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean

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Pete the Cat takes on the classic favorite children's song "Five Little Pumpkins" in New York Times bestselling author James Dean's Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins. Join Pete as he rocks out to this cool adaptation of the classic Halloween song! 

Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together: 

  • Sing the story to tune of "Five Little Pumpkins." 
  • Use your fingers to count down from 5. 
  • Make connections between the story and your little one's experiences.  
    • Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch? What did you do there?  
    • Have you carved a jack-o-lantern like the ones in the book? What did it look like? What did you think of it? 
    • Have you ever dressed up in a costume before? What did you dress up as?  
  • Look at the 5 pumpkins on one of the pages where they are lined up.  
    • How do they look different from each other? 
    • How do they look the same? 

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#SING – Five Grey and Spooky Ghosts 

Tune: Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five grey and spooky ghosts 
Doing what they love most 
Scaring some most rambunctious kids 
One flew into the sky 
Where it was nice and dry 
Now there are four grey spooky ghosts 

 

Four grey and spooky ghosts 
Doing what they love most 
Scaring some most rambunctious kids 
One flew into the sky 
Where it was nice and dry 
Now there are three grey spooky ghosts 

 

Three grey and spooky ghosts 
Doing what they love most 
Scaring some most rambunctious kids 
One flew into the sky 
Where it was nice and dry 
Now there are two grey spooky ghosts 

 

Two grey and spooky ghosts 
Doing what they love most 
Scaring some most rambunctious kids 
One flew into the sky 
Where it was nice and dry 
Now there is one grey spooky ghost 

 

One grey and spooky ghost 
Doing what it loves most 
Scaring some most rambunctious kids 
It flew into the sky 
Where it was nice and dry 
Now there are no grey spooky ghosts 

#EXPLORE – Blow-Straw Ghosts 

Arts and crafts ghosts made of blow straws

Materials:  

  • Straws
  • White paint
  • Black paper
  • Markers
  • Optional: Googly eyes & glue

Instructions:  

  1. Squeeze some white paint onto the black paper. A quarter sized amount will work, but the more you put on the bigger your ghost will be. 
  2. Place the end of the straw over the wet paint but not touching it.
  3. Blow through the straw to spread the paint out (if the paint is difficult to spread, mix it with some water until it becomes runnier).
  4. Have your little one experiment with moving the end of the straw around to move the paint further. 
  5. Repeat this to create as many ghosts (or other creatures) as they would like and then let dry. 
  6. Once dry, decorate with markers and/or googly eyes. 

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Join us for a storytime either outside of our library or in the community! Your child loves singing, dancing, playing and reading! Gather them around for a storytime they won’t forget featuring Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo and Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli! 

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Let’s get the wiggles out! This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities we will build pre-literacy skills. Get moving with The Ghosts Go Scaring by Chrissy Bozik and Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage. 

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#KEEP READING – Still feeling spooky? Check out these books! 

 

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