story time

Firefighter & Pumpkin & Scarecrow & Halloween Story Time (Outreach)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus round and round
All through the town

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish //
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep //
The doors on the bus go open and shut //
The driver on the bus goes move it on back //
The people on the bus go up and down //
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah //
The people on the bus go shh, shh, shh

Book: No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol; illustrated by Martine Gourbault

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Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

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Rebecca Estelle despises pumpkins. When a pumpkin truck drops a pumpkin on her property and it explodes she figures she’ll bury the evidence and ignore it. Of course, a huge pumpkin patch grows. But how will she get rid of all the dreaded pumpkins?

This book was fairly long but they sat quietly. The teachers complimented it but I think it might be better for an older class.

Flannel: Five Orange Pumpkins
Once there were five orange pumpkins growing in a pumpkin patch. There was a giant pumpkin, a large pumpkin, a medium pumpkin, a small pumpkin, and a tiny pumpkin.

A man came by and looked at the five pumpkins. He picked up the giant pumpkin and said, “This will be a fine pumpkin to put in my store window.”

Soon a woman came by and looked at the four pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. She picked up the large pumpkin. “This will be fine to set on my doorstep,” she said.”

Next, a teacher came by and looked at the three pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. She chose the medium pumpkin. “This will be a fine pumpkin for my classroom,” she said.

Then a baker came by and looked at the two pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. He found the small pumpkin. “This will be just fine for a pumpkin pie,” he said.

Finally, a little boy dressed in a ghost costume stopped by the pumpkin patch. He saw the tiny pumpkin that was left. “This is just right to take to my Halloween party,” he said. So he took the pumpkin, painted a face on it, and said, “This is my best jack-o’-lantern ever!”

This flannel and the wording were here when I started the job. I’m pretty sure the woman who retired who had the job before me created it. I have no idea where she found the original wording. After a Google search, I found the wording here.

Song: 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, (hands over eyes)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine? (raise hands over head)
A round one, (circle arms over head)
A tall one, (stretch arms over head)
A fat one, (arms out at sides)
A small one, (pinch fingers together)
Have you ever seen a pumpkin that grows on a vine? (raise hands over head)
Source: Johnson County Library

Book: Scaredycrow by Christopher Hernandez; illustrated by Kyle Poling

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A little scarecrow is afraid of everything, especially the crows and bats he’s supposed to scare. So when they come near he waves his arms and yells. What he doesn’t know is that the crows and bats think he’s a terrible monster who tries to grab them!

Cute story and great illustrations with a friendship theme. The only reason I chose a scarecrow book was because the school where I do my outreach has themed weeks and scarecrows were one of their October themes. I liked Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long but it was pretty long and we already had a couple of longer books. But it’s a great scarecrow option as well.

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Song: Scarecrow, Scarecrow (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around,
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Scarecrow, scarecrow reach up high,
Scarecrow, scarecrow wink one eye.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your nose,
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow slap your knees,
Scarecrow, scarecrow sit down please.
Source: YouTube

I did a Google search for scarecrow songs and this one popped up. I adapted it a little bit with additional lyrics/substitutions from Storytime Katie.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Duck & Goose: Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills

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Duck and Goose and Thistle get ready to trick or treat. Duck is a ghost. Goose is a superhero. But Thistle’s costume is a secret. On Halloween night, Duck and Goose are trick or treating when then they find out a scary swamp monster is looking for them!

I love Duck and Goose. This book just came out in August. I love reading new books to this group because they’re big readers and anytime I read them classics or popular books they’ve read them before. Which I don’t mind, but I do like to spring new stuff on them from time to time!

Song: Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (hold up five fingers)
First one said, “It’s getting late.” (tap wrist where watch would be)
Second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (point to the sky)
Third one said, “But we don’t care.” (shake finger back and forth)
Fourth one said, “Let’s run and run.” (mime running in place)
Fifth one said, “Let’s have some fun.”

Whooooooo went the wind, (flutter fingers in front of you)
And OUT went the lights. (clap)

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll hand over hand)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Action Rhyme: “Pumpkin Pumpkin” (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Once you were a seed so small, (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball. (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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Rhyming verses tell the story of a witch and her cat who pick up hitchhikers and then encounter a big dragon!

I love this book and look forward to reading it every autumn!

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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