With Halloween just around the corner we read some fun spooky books filled with pumpkins, ghosts, and a doghouse this week! Our first story was “It’s Pumpkin Time!” by Zoe Hall; a great informative picture book explaining how a pumpkin grows from a seed in the ground to the orange pumpkin we know and love.

Finding a Halloween picture book that isn’t too spooky for toddlers can be a challenge, so I was happy to happen across this book. A little witch tames ghosts in her house by washing them and using them as curtains and blankets in the “Ghosts in the House” by Kazuno Kohara. The illustrations are rendered in orange, black and white, giving it an old school Halloween book styling. A great resource for finding not too scary picture books can be found here-http://ow.ly/78Pwn

This is the second week Jan Thomas has struck Toddlertime! Cow and friends are playing when their ball goes into “The Doghouse;” unfortunately anyone who enters the doghouse does not come back again. Playing this book up as super spooky was great since it has such a silly non-spooky ending.

We explored emotions with pumpkin faces which can be viewed at http://sunflowerstorytime.com/2010/10/22/pumpkin-time/

The kids helped us come up with ways we can feel happy, surprised, mad and sad; along with the facial expressions that accompany these emotions.

To celebrate fall we had three pumpkin crafts. Kids could make their own emotion pumpkin by using a pumpkin shape cutout, crayons, glue stick and popsicle sticks. Using black construction paper and chalk kids could also make their favorite fall shape like an autumn leaf, pumpkin or ghost. The last craft is a great sensory and color concept project. Using a snack baggie we mixed yellow and red paint together to create the color orange. We then took a black sharpie and, under grownup supervision, the kids or Mr. T and I made a pumpkin shape on the bag (see below).

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