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We were given a few Halloween books from my mother in law’s expansive collection of all things autumn. Halloween was her favorite holiday, by far. We lost her recently, so even though I don’t generally go all out for this particular holiday, I decided to do a Halloween themed story time with my munchkins in her honor, complete with a craft, game and treat. She also loved all things crafty, and was a retired Head Start teacher, so I know that she would have enjoyed it.
I chose the book The Teeny Tiny Ghost and the Monster by Kay Winters for our fun Halloween themed activity time. It’s quite the cute little book, and not the least bit scary. My little girl is strongly opposed to all things “creeeeepyyyyy”, as she says, so that was a must. :) This book and activity would be fun any time of the year.
First on our agenda were ghost and monster puppets. To make these, you just need craft (or popsicle) sticks, construction paper or cardstock, pipe cleaners, tape and something to color with. I sketched the requested outlines for their ghosts and monsters, but if you don’t have a knack for drawing, just print or trace the outlines. While I let my five and two year olds loose to decorate their respective puppets, I grabbed a couple of pipe cleaners and snipped them into four pieces each for the monsters’ legs and arms. You need one pipe cleaner per monster. I just twisted loops at one end of each to make hands and feet. Once they were finished coloring, I cut out their creepy (bahaha!) creations and helped them tape the arms and legs on the monsters and the craft sticks on all of the puppets. See? Super simple, easy peasy!! As I mentioned, even my two year old could participate in this activity.
If you don’t want to bother making your own puppets, these two sets of teeny tiny finger puppets are super inexpensive and awfully cute. 4 ~ Halloween Finger Puppets ~ Approx. 1.5″ ~ Vinyl ~ Assorted ~ New ~ Dracula, Vampire, Witch, Mummy, Frankenstein Monster
(1 pack of 12) Mixed Halloween Themed Character Finger Puppets – Ghosts, Bats, Dracula Vampires, and Pumpkins – Trick or treat giveaway, Party favor and Pinata filler – 1 dozen puppets
Below you see my munchkins proudly displaying their one-of-a-kind ghosties and monsters. Quite the colorful creatures, aren’t they? :) They get all the credit, since Mommy literally left them to it while she finished the legs and arms and worked on dishes.
Now for the next part of our freaky fun fest!! Storytime, with a game! I settled them down in our oversized chair, and instructed them to hold up their ghost puppets when they heard the word “ghost” and their monster puppets when they heard the word “monster”. As you can see, they had to concentrate to hear those key words, but they did really well and thought it was the neatest way to read a book together.
We weren’t ready to be finished with that, so the kiddos put on a puppet show for me using their new puppets. While I won’t pretend that the script was riveting, they were pretty doggone cute in their attempts at a story line. My two year old really didn’t get it, and wound up watching his sister’s puppets more than doing anything with his own, but they had a blast, anyway.
For the grand finale, I brought out their trick or treat buckets from the fall festivals we attended the other day and let them both pick out a sweet treat. As you can see, they were quite pleased with that finish! :)
Do your little ones enjoy books and puppets? What are your favorite books for autumn?