Sweet Tooth at Storytime

It’s October, meaning Halloween system, which for littles really means candy season. I decided to use the month and do a candy and sweets themed storytime this week.

The first book we read was The Pinata that the Farm Maiden Hung by Samantha Vamos. While this is a little bit of a longer story, it is a building story, so it still worked for the little ones. Also, bonus points that it taught them some Spanish! I even heard one kiddo asking for “agua” later on.

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Next we sang “Black Bat Farm” by Carole Peterson. This is a perfectly spooky song for October, so we decided to sing it every week leading up to Halloween. The kiddos especially love saying “BOO!”

Our next book was Julius’s Candy Corn by Kevin Henkes. This is actually a board book, but it is such a short and sweet story. We counted how many candy corns were left on each page, and talked about the costumes everyone was wearing.

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Our song cube options for this week were:

  1. Ring Around the Rosie
  2. Two Little Blackbirds
  3. Patty Cake
  4. Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  5. Baby Bumble Bee
  6. Wheels on the Bus

In the first group we landed on “Baby Bumble Bee.”

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee.
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me?
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee.
Ouch! It stung me!

I’m squishing up the baby bumblebee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me?
I’m squishing up the baby bumblebee.
Oh no! It’s yucky!

I’m wiping off the baby bumblebee.
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me?
I’m wiping off the baby bumblebee.
Look! All clean!

In the second group we did “Patty Cake.”

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Pat it, roll it and mark it with a B
Put it in the oven for you and me
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Roll it up, roll it up;
And throw it in a pan!
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man.

I ended with The Cake that Mack Ate by Rose Robart. We have a really fun prop story of this book; it changes it slightly to make the farmer a girl, and the chef a boy. It also hides Mack’s identity until the very end of the story, which made for a really fun surprise for all the kiddos. No one was expecting a dog.

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After all of that sugar, we needed to finish up the program by brushing our teeth! We sang and brushed to the Nancy Cassidy version of “Brush Your Teeth.”

This was a really fun program. Afterwards the kids all got to come up and pet Mack (my dog puppet), and eat some candy corn of their own. Just delightful!

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