Our little preschool book club of two had some Halloween fun this afternoon with Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell. I adore this story, because, while it seems a little scary at first (a witch scares a group of ghosts out of their house using a bat, a ghoul, a rat and other spooky creatures), preschoolers can easily see that the creatures are really just the witch in disguise. Then they’re onto something! “Hey!”, they exclaim. “That’s not a vampire, that’s the witch dressed up!” In the end, the scared little ghosts become very brave and take back their house.
We made our own ghosts by tracing the pudgy preschooler feet of our two book club members (my 3 year old and his 4 year old friend), turning them into ghosts, and counting our way through the story. This activity was inspired by the ghosts puppets from Kristina at Toddler Approved.
First, I added eyes and a mouth to our ghosts and we practiced cutting. Mostly I did the cutting, as both kids needs a lot of help with this. For my 3 year old, I wrote the numbers 1 through 10 in gray marker and he traced over the them.
Our 4 year old friend proudly wrote her own numbers and did a little coloring on her ghosts. She’s fancy like that.
Next, we taped a toothpick to the back of each ghost and inserted them into foam bricks, just some leftover packaging I had laying around but this made for a fun display of our ghosts and we could easily put them in order.
Then we were ready to act out the story. I read the book to them while they selected the ghosts, starting with 10 and working down to 1. As each ghost was frightened by the witch in the story and flew to the woods to hide, the kids made their ghosts fly away by zooming across the room.
The best part? At the end, the ghosts summon their courage and scare the witch. The kids had a great time flying around with their ghosts, yelling “BOO!” to our pretend witch.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
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