Toddler Storytime: Dressing Up

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At today’s storytime most of the kids came dressed up as cute little pirates, princesses, TV characters and animals in celebration of Halloween this week! Our theme was stories about dressing up, appropriate to the occasion. First we distributed colorful scarves to everyone, and we learned a song:

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Toss is up high and wave it down low
Wiggle it fast and wiggle it slow
(hide it) Hey! Where did it go?

Then we read a story called It’s Halloween Night by Jennifer O’Connell and illustrated by Jennifer Morris. It’s a book that invites kids to guess what each child’s costume is for Halloween, based on a few characteristics of what they’re wearing.

It's Halloween Night

We sang a song to the tune of “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”:

Can you paint like an artist, like an artist, like an artist?
Can you paint like an artist when you grow up?
Can you cook like a chef?…
Can you swim like a diver?…
Can you ride like a cowboy?…

Then we did a flannelboard story about five little trick-or-treaters:

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Knock, knock, knock, who’s at my door?
Sounds like a trick-or-treater at my door!
I open the door and what do I see?
A cute little ___________ smiling at me!
Trick or Treat!
Here’s a candy!

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We sang a song about getting dressed, to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”:

Oh my hat goes on my head, on my head
Oh my hat goes on my head, on my head
I’m getting ready now to go outside and play
Oh my hat goes on my head, on my head

Oh my boots go on my feet, on my feet…

Oh my coat goes on my arms, on my arms…

Oh my gloves go on my hands, on my hands…

We read a book I brought from home called Book ‘o Masks: A Wearable Book by Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz. Apart from being a great read for our theme, this is a fun book for the boys in the family (dads included) and it’s one of my 2-yr-old son’s favorites! It was a big hit with toddlers and parents as they watched the top half of my face transform me into someone else!

Book o Masks

We sang Where is Thumbkin? and Peekabo with our scarves:

Peek-a-boo, where are you?
Hiding in your… PLACE! PEEK-A-BOO!

Peek-a-boo, I see you
and your smiling… FACE! PEEK-A-BOO!

Finally, we saw another Max & Ruby video, the episode “Max’s Halloween” from the DVD Max & Ruby’s Halloween.

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Now let’s see the whole parade of cute babies in costumes!

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Update (10/29/15): Here are some photos I didn’t have at the time of posting and wanted to share now.  Thanks again to Miss Marie for taking all these!

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Thanks for coming to storytime today and showing off all your adorable outfits! See you next week!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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