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What can I wear for Halloween? (Charlie and Lola)

(Since my co-worker and I are going to be Charlie and Lola for Halloween storytime, we figured we ought to have them as part of the program. This is my adaptation from the TV series. The pieces are made from construction paper, and will be used puppet-like with the costume bits stuck on with double sided tape.)

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I have this little sister Lola

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She’s small and very funny. Tomorrow night is Halloween so there’s going to be a special party and we’ll all wear Halloween costumes.

-What are you going to dress up as Charlie?

I’m going as a wizard!

-Guess what I’m going as Charlie! Snap snap

You went as an alligator last year.

-I’m not an alligator, I’m a crocodile. Crocodiles are more scary and spooky than alligators.

You can’t go in the same costume.

-I’ll have to think of something else.

You could be a wicked witch.

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-Everybody will be going as a wicked witch, Charlie. I want to go as something different.

How about a wiggly spider.

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-Ummm, I’m not sure about spiders Charlie.

You could be a sea monster.

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-Too slimy!

How about a bony skeleton Lola!

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-Too scary Charlie! Umm, I don’t know what to go as. 

You’ll think of something Lola, should we go check on our surprise?

-Oh Yes, Charlie!

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-That is actually the biggest pumpkin I have every seen. It is big and orangy as the sun!

It will be the best jack-o-lantern in all of Halloween!

-I can’t believe we grew this from a tiny little seed.

Now It’s time to carry it inside, so we can carve the pumpkin face!

-It will be the halloweniest thing at the party.

Lift it carefully, carefully, no wobbling.

-Uhhh.

-Oh, it’s too heavy Charlie! I’m dropping it!

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Oh no! Now our Halloween surprise is ruined. It won’t be a Halloween party without a jack-o-lantern.

-It doesn’t matter, I haven’t got a costume anyway. Ohh! I’ve just had the most brilliant idea! Back in a  bit Charlie.

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-Now we can have a jack-o-lantern, and I have a costume!

You’ll be the biggest orangyest pumpkin in the whole of Halloween! That’s definitely the best dressing up costume.

This Flannel Friday is hosted by storytime katie

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Ghost Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Three Little Ghosties – Pippa Goodhart

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(Not much story here, but the illustrations are playful, and there’s great personality.)

Activity: In the Dark Dark Woods (see the full version here)

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(Just a little bit spooky. It’s great to do again and have the kids try to remember what part comes next.)

Book: Ghost in the House – Ammi-Joan Paquette

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(A little ghost find lots of things in the house, but wasn’t expecting a live boy! Adorable illustrations.)

 

Activity: Ghost Hunt (Adapted from the traditional ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’)

We’re going on a ghost hunt

We’re going to catch a spooky one! (wiggle fingers by face)

With a wiggly body.

and a big round mouth.

Look over there!

It’s a river…

(Hop across the river, Sludge through the muddy field, sneak past the haunted house,

duck under the branchy forest, and then we find a ghost in the graveyard!)

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(This was a fun adaptation of a tried and true activity.)

Book: Ghosts in the House – Kazuno Kohara

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(An adorable and original story. I love everything about it.)

Activity: Five Little Ghosts (See the full version here)

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(This has a fun interactive element with the kids predicting the colors that the ghosts will turn. Very fun!)

Book: Mine! – Mathilde Stein

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(This book is a little bit long, but the pacing is fantastic so I left it as is. Even at the end of the program, the kids were very into it.)

Activity:  Ghost Craft

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(Then we taped paper cut in strips into a plastic cup for a little ghost. With yarn attached to the top, the kids had a great time ‘flying’ their ghost friends through the air.)

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Five Little Ghosties

Based on the popular Chocolate Chip Ghost, I decided to put the story to rhyme and make it a counting as well as color identification activity.

(Sandytoesandpopsicles has a fantastically adorable printable version)

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Five little ghosties shining clean and white,

Waiting for their mother to bring dinner for the night.

One little ghost said ‘I’m too hungry to wait!’

Grabbed up some ____ and that is what it ate.

It swallowed it all down into its hungry tum.

Do you know what color did that ghost did become?

Count down remaining ghosts end with…

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One mother ghostie, shining clean and white,

Brought home to her little ones dinner for the night.

When she saw the colors her ghosts had become,

She knew just what do to, and put into their tums,

A tall glass of milk, and a marshmallow or three.

Then her little ghosties were as white as white could be!

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(rather than making matching felt food, I just used images we have for another activity.)

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Bones Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Bone Dog – Eric Rohmann

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(Charming illustrations, and just enough scaryness without being too scary.)

Song: This Old Man – traditional

This old man, he played one, (hold up finger)

He played knick-knack on my thumb;

With a knick-knack (clap, clap) paddywhack, (slap knees)

Give the dog a bone, (pat knees)

This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)

 Continue with increasing numbers

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(This was a fun counting and rhyming activity. We’d ask the kids what rhymed with each number. Three ended up knick-knacking on pee!)

Book: Skeleton Hiccups – Margery Cuyler

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(A cute book with nice big pictures, and a bit of interactive potential.)

Activity: Bones in My Body

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(We stood up and wiggled each body part that we added to the list. I made up the words and tune, so you can do it chanty, or make up something!)

Book: The Skeleton in the Closet – Alice Schertle

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(Such cute pictures! They keep the creeping skeleton from being too scary. A lovely find.)

Flannel Story: Bone Soup – from the story by Cambria Evans (full version here)

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(My favorite part of the program. The kids all thought the soup was disgusting!)

Book: Halloween Forest – Marion Dane Bauer

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(Fun pictures, and a nice Halloween ending made this a lovely finish to the program. It didn’t hurt that

Activity: Streamers

(And if we had no bones, how would we be? Just like wibbly streamers! We danced to the song Dem Bones by Five Little Monkeys)

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Bone Soup

modified from the story by Cambria Evans

I’ve use this at a couple of outreaches, if the group it small they love holding the ingredients of the soup and adding them to the pot. The folder aspect makes it very portable!

 

The Finnigin piece was made from a couple of folders, colored paper, and felt. I cut a black base for the top jaw, and covered it with white paper which I laminated, then glued on the teeth and eyes. The inside of a folder was the overall base, with a slit and lower mouth cut out for the upper jaw to slide through. I added an upper body, the lower jaw and some hands inside the folder. Then I just glued on another piece for the pot and a circle of green felt for the swamp water! All the soup ingredients are felt pieces that can stay on the ‘swamp water’.

Being nothing more than skin and bone, Finnigin had to live by his wits. He was known across the land for having a ravenous appetite. Everyone knew that wherever Finnigin went, he brought his gigantic cooking pot, and his gigantic eating mouth.

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A town soon heard that Finnigin was approaching, and they were not happy about it. In a panic the witch booby-trapped her jars of eyeballs. The beast locked his bat wings in a cupboard, the zombies put their frog legs in the cellar, and the mommy and other towns-creatures hid all they had to eat.

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(these characters were just copied from the book illustrations)

When poor, ever-hungry Finnigin came to town, he was surprised that it looked empty, but even more surprised that there was no feast! Undaunted, he collected wood from the forest and built a fire in the middle of the town square, then filled his gigantic pot with swampy water and set it to boil.

After a while, he took out a magnificent piece of bone, so old the edges were all dried up, and he dropped it right in the cauldron. He stirred the mixture singing

“Bone soup is what I make, a magic bone is all it takes. Boil it long and add some spice bone soup tastes to very nice!”

(Finnigan’s mouth can open and close while he talks and sings)

One by one the creatures came toward Finnigin and the fire.

A little werewolf spoke up “I’ve never heard of bone soup before, but I think I’ll like it.”

“In some places I’ve traveled, it’s considered a delicacy. If only we had some spiders eggs. With spiders eggs, the soup would be very tasty.”

“I have some spiders eggs!” said the little werewolf, and he dumped them into the soup.

“Mmmm, now if only we had some bat wings. Can you imagine the flavor they would add?”

A beast mumbled “I have some stashed away, I suppose I could share them.”

Finnigin added them to the soup, and just as he said, the flavor was wonderful.

“Now, if only we had some frog legs, this soup would be fit for a king!”

The villagers were starting to get excited. “We have frog legs!” the Zombies announced, and soon they were stirred into the broth as well as the witch’s pickled eyeballs, some toenail clipping, dandelions, and dried mouse dropping.

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Finnigan declared the soup ready, and everyone enjoyed some. “Yumm!” Then Finnigin opened his gigantic eating mouth and swallowed up the rest of the soup. Sluuuurrpp!

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The Finnigin piece was made from a couple of folders, colored paper, and felt. I cut a black base for the top jaw, and covered it with white paper which I laminated, then glued on the teeth and eyes. The inside of a folder was the overall base, with a slit and lower mouth cut out for the upper jaw to slide through. I added an upper body, the lower jaw and some hands inside the folder. Then I just glued on another piece for the pot and a circle of green felt for the swamp water! All the soup ingredients are felt pieces that can stay on the ‘swamp water’.

Thanks to Lisa at Libraryland for hosting this weeks Flannel Friday!

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