Here are the stuffed mice we use. So much fun when the monster sneezes and they go flying everywhere!
Making "Witches' Brew"
This picture is extra special because my peeps are in the back row: Our sweet friend Molly, my very own little guy Grayden, my lovable niece Elliott, and my twin sister. They were great storytime attendees - let me tell you!
Checking out the magic afterwards
Families stayed to snack on Bat Juice, Witches' Brew ingredients, and popcorn that was popped right in front of our eyes. We watched the projected version of Frank Asch's book Popcorn.
This whole month has been filled with spiders, owls, pumpkins, and monsters.... next week is the big Halloween storytime ON Halloween. I made the announcement for any parents that wish not to attend a Halloween-themed program.
39 kids 3 siblings 32 adults
Caregivers, thanks for dealing with the (organized) chaos today! There were a lot of things to hand out and collect during storytime today and lots of exciting activities.
Kids took a Monsters Love Colors worksheet on the way in.
Books: Plumply Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo. Peter finds the perfect pumpkin so he and his dad can make a jack -o-lantern.
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin. Playful monsters combine their favorite colors - red, yellow, and blue - to make new colors.
Before reading the book, I handed out a bag of crayons to each child with the instructions to wait...
As I read the book, the children colored their monsters accordingly:
Letter of the Day: Pp for pumpkin
We then sounded out and spelled the word: Pumpkin
Flannel: Star Monster
The kids all know their colors - this was more of a move-around, pat-your-knees, rhythm activity before setting in for Monsters Love Colors
Here are some of the activities we did in Pre-K and Family Storytime
Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere: In this funny bedtime story, a monster is licking his lips.... maybe he's thinking of a bedtime snack? Is it YOU? We find out at the end that all he wants is a great big slobbery kiss!
Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster: A funny, brightly-colored guide with large illustrations. This guide helps you choose and care for your monster.
Monster, Be Good! by Natalie Marshall. In my version, the reader is invited to help monsters behave. I add some pleases, thank yous, and gentle instruction. Great storytime read for toddlers or family program.