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Halloween Resources That aren’t Scary

Many children like Halloween, but many don’t.


Sometimes people get too out of hand trying to scare people and small children, especially, can become traumatized.  If you’re like me, you don’t like to be scared, but you don’t want to miss out on the fun.  I have found a few resources that allow small children to participate in the Halloween fun without getting (too) scared.  As always let the child be your guide. If the child isn’t interested, do not push.

Here are some of my favorite Halloween finger plays:

HALLOWEEN SOUNDS -to tune of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. Suit actions to words

This is the way the witches fly,

witches fly, witches fly.

This is the way the witches fly,

Swish, swish, swish.

This is the way ghosts go by, etc.

Boo, boo, boo!

This is the way the pumpkin laugh, etc.

Hee, hee, hee.

This is the way the hoot owls hoot, etc.

Hoo, hoo, hoo!

The is the way the tomcats howl, etc.

Meow, meow, meow.

PUMPKIN SONG – to the tune of Mary had a little lamb. Suit actions to words

We are pumpkins big and round,

Big and round, Big and round.

We are pumpkins big and round,

Sitting on the ground.

See our great big shining eyes,

Shining eyes, shining eyes.

See our great big shining eyes

Looking all around.

See our great big laughing mouth

Laughing mouth, laughing mouth.

See our great big laughing mouths

Smiling right at you.

FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS (suit actions to words)

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late.”

The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”

The third one said, “But I don’t care.”

The fourth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”

The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”

“Wooooooo” went the wind,

And out went the lights.

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight


Just a few of my go to Halloween books

The Runaway Pumpkin, Kevin Lewis

The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin, Margaret Wise Brown

Six Creepy Sheep, Judith Ross Enderle and Stephanie Gordon Tessler

Biscuit’s Pet & Play Halloween, Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Any Halloween resources you enjoy?

Tell me!


Preschool, the UK and Trifle

Last week I was teaching my little ones about the UK. Ok so really I was just exposing them to the idea that there are different places all over the world, but whatever, right? Anyway, we talked about the UK.  I showed them a map of the UK and we colored the flag.

We discussed the idea that Great  Britain has a Queen.

I taught them the poem “Pussy cat Pussy cat where have you been?” which we acted out on the flannel board.

The culminating event to all things UK was making TRIFLE!!   My kids love food, and any project that contains food is always a winner so it was a no-brainer when I decided to make trifle. Trifle is really easy to make, difficult to mess up and so fun to eat!

Here’s the recipe I used:

  • cake: you can buy a store cake or make your own. i made my own because one child has egg allergies and I substituted applesauce for the egg
  • fruit: i used fresh strawberries but you could really use anything. I believe true trifle is actually made with jelly.
  • vanilla pudding –  premade
  • Reddiwhip (the kind that squirts out of the can); i think Coolwhip or similar could also work

So here’s what we did.  First, we put a layer of cake in the bottom of a glass bowl.

Then the children each put a container of vanilla pudding on top.

Looks yummy already, non?  Each child was allowed to take their “empty” pudding container back to their seat to eat it the remaining pudding. This was an accidental but INGENIOUS idea cuz it kept them from begging for another turn. SCORE!

After the pudding (note to self: next time make sure you have pudding for EVERYONE. Two children didn’t get to put the pudding on and almost had a meltdown) came the whipped cream!

This lucky little guy was afraid of the can at first then as you can see, he grabbed it and attacked his job like a seasoned machinist!

and…here is our finished product!   Easy peasy lemon (whipped cream) squeezy!

Here’s how it looks from the top: totally yummy looking isn’t it?  I think my kids have career options!

And the best part? No one sneezed or flicked anything into the bowl.  PERFECTION!


What have you made with your little ones? I need more ideas!

NaBloPoMo resources

Winter Resources for the Little Ones

Here are some resources about winter that I think are especially fun:

THE MITTEN (tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The mitten on the ground.
The mitten on the ground.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The mitten on the ground.

The (mole) snuggles in.
The (mole) snuggles in.
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside.
The (mole) snuggles in.
(After the last animal, all pretend to sneeze and fall out of the mitten.)

Mitten Music
(Where has my little dog gone)    by Jean Rogers

Oh where, oh where did my NEW mittens go?
Oh where, oh where can they be?
Oh, I have looked high and I have looked low.
Oh where, oh where can they be?

sing and replace “NEW”  with old, soft, warm, red, blue, etc.



Kids and Music

I’ve been job interviewing lately which makes me think a lot about young children. Today I’m thinking about young children and music.  I think young children and music are a great combination, cuz I have yet to meet a youngster who does not like to sing!  And the greatest thing about kiddies and singing is that they all think they’re great singers! So, in that vein I am posting some of my favorite children’s sing a longs and finger plays.

 Apple tree

Way up high in the apple tree (put hands up)

Two red apples smiled at me  (form circles)

I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake tree)

Down came the apples MMMMMM good!  (rub stomach)

Two little blackbirds

Two little blackbirds (hands on shoulders, fingers point up)

Sitting on a hill

One named Jack  (bring one hand out in front or wiggle)

One named Jill  (bring other hand out in front or wiggle)

Fly away Jack, fly away Jill (fly each hand behind back)

Come back Jack, Come back Jill  (fly each hand to front)


Open Shut Them

Open them shut them  (open hands)

Open them shut them  (close hands)

Give a great big clap

Open them shut them

Open them shut them

Lay them in your lap

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR – suit actions to words

Teddy-bear, teddy bear, turn around.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground;

Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe

Teddy bear teddy bear, that will do.

(Or, how old are you?)

Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs;

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers;

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light,

Teddy bear, teddy bear say, “Goodnight!”

Do you have any favorite songs?