We celebrate Halloween a little early in story hour last week! I don’t think the children minded 🙂
We actually read four books, because I just couldn’t decide on three!
- Die neugierige kleine Hexe by Lieve Baeten (Oetinger, 2003)
- Pip und Posy: Das Gruselmonster by Axel Scheffler (Carlsen, 2015)
- Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz by Axel Scheffler (Beltz & Gelberg, 2017)
- Wir sind Dreieck, Kreis, Quadrat by
Why did we read a song about shapes that has nothing to do with Halloween?? Read on! You’ll see… 🙂
And of course we sang songs:
- “Morgens früh um sechs”
- “Ich bin die kleine Hexe” from Die 30 Besten Spiel- und Bewegungslieder
- “Die winzig kleine Spinne”
To introduce “Morgens früh um sechs” I brought in a large cardboard clock. We didn’t focus on telling time – the children are much too young for that. But I used it to count up to 12. When we sang “kleine Hexe” we just had to ride our brooms around the room! And we used the colors of the children’s shoes to decide which colors the witch was wearing in the songs. And we went around 7 times – one for each child! For “kleine Spinne” we didn’t just sing about an itsy-bitsy spider. We also sang about a great big spider! Download the lyrics below for the other version.
You can download the lyrics here: Lieder Halloween GitA
We ended with a pumpkin craft. I found orange paper plates (at Target) to be our pumpkins. To make the faces, we used … what else? SHAPES! In the past I have used craft punches to make triangles, circles, and squares out of black paper. Then the children glued the shapes to the pumpkins. This year, however, I happened to find a box of foam shape stickers, so I snatched them up! The children had fun choosing their shapes and creating their pumpkins!
How do you celebrate Halloween … German-style?