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Halloween
Submitted by: Mandy, LaPorte
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Sweets or Treats by:Parker, Toni Trent
Simple rhyming text and photographs depict children celebrating Halloween.
Itsy Bitsy the Smart Spider by:Harper, Charise Mericle
A story in rhyme about the spider from the famous nursery rhyme who gets a job in order to buy a cover that will keep her dry and prevent her being washed down the water spout again.
Songs
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (song)
The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the waterspout

Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.

Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain

So the itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again!
Open Shut Them (song)
Open shut them, open shut them,
(open and close hands speading fingers)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open shut them, open shut them,
Lay them in your lap.

Then creep them, creep them,
Creep them, creep them
right up to your nose.
(crawl hands like a spider towards your nose. Often causes giggles because it tickles!)

Then creep them, creep them,
Creep them creep them,
Right down to your toes.

Then creep them, creep them,
Creep them creep them,
Right up to your chin.

Open wide your little mouth...
(pause for dramatic effect or giggles)
But do not let them in!
(wave your pointer fingers back and forth in front of your face to say no.)
What Am I?
Spoken Riddle:
A face so round. (Circle face with pointere finger.)
Eyes so bright. (Point to eyes)
A nose that glows, (Point to nose)
My what a sight!

A fiery Mouth, (Point to mouth)
A jolly grin. (Smile!)
No arms or legs,
Just head to chin. (You can hold up your hands to make a circle around your face.)

What am I?

Answer: A jack-o-lantern! (Or a pumpkin!)
Craft
Spider Web Weaving

Notched crafts sticks
Craft or spray paint (if desired- color of your choice)
Yarn (color of your choice)
Spider Rings (color of your choice)
Hot glue or craft glue

Prior to your story time glue 3 craft sticks together with hot glue or white craft glue to form a star or the center of your web. Allow to dry.

If desired you can paint the craft sticks a solid color to coordinate with your yarn and spiders. For example: Green sticks, purple yarn, & black spiders. Any Halloween color combo looks good!

Pre cut lengths of yard and tie onto the center of the craft sticks.

On the day of the craft allow the kids to wrap and weave the yarn around the sticks in a circle. They can use the notches to help hold the yarn but they don't have to use every one. No two spider webs are alike!

Give each child a spider ring that has had an opening cut in the band. Use the band like a clamp to attach the spider to the web anywhere they like!