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BLAST Early Learning
Scary Stories!

Books:

The Squeaky Door
retold by Margaret Read MacDonald; pictures by Mary Newell DePalma
When Little Boy is frightened by a squeaky bedroom door, his grandmother brings in various animals to help him feel secure enough to sleep.

 

Wolf's Coming!
by Joe Kulka


 

Open-ended Questions for The Squeaky Door

  • What do you do when  you are afraid of the dark?

  • Who do you think might join the little boy in bed next?    


 

Rhyme:

There's A Spider on the Floor
(tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor (2x)
Who could ask for anything more than a spider on the floor
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor

Now the spider's on my leg, on my leg (2x)
Oh he's really big this old spider on my leg
There's a spider on my leg, on my leg

Now the spider's on my stomach, on my stomach (2x)
This old spider's on my stomach oh he's just an old lummock
This old spider on my stomach, on my stomach

Now the spider's on my neck, on my neck (2x)
Oh I'm gonna be a wreck, I've got a spider on my neck
There's a spider on my neck, on my neck

Now the spider's on my face, on my face (2x)
Oh what a big disgrace I've got a spider on my face
There's a spider on my face, on my face

Now the spiders on my head, on my head (2x)
Oh the spiders on my head I want to hide up in my bed
There's a spider on my head on my head

"But he jumps off"
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor (repeat first verse)

If You're A Monster
Sung to the tune of  “If you're happy and you know it"
If you're a monster and you know it wave your arms
If you're a monster and you know it wave your arms.
If you're a monster and you know then your arms will surely show it.
If you're a monster and you know it wave your arms.

If you're a monster and you know it chomp your teeth
If you're a monster and you know it chomp your teeth
If you're a monster and you know then your teeth will surely show it.
If you're a monster and you know it chomp your teeth

If you're a monster and you know it stomp your feet
If you're a monster and you know it stomp your feet
If you're a monster and you know then your feet will surely show it.
If you're a monster and you know it stomp your feet.

 

Vocabulary Word:

stable: n. a place that horses live
“So Grandma went out to the stable and got the horse.”
(taken from The Squeaky Door  retold by Margaret Read MacDonald; illus. by Mary Newell DePalma)

 

Activities:

Math
Counting: Pumpkins in the Patch
(www.everythingpreschool.com)
Get several pieces of green paper. Label the paper one through ten. Then cut out pumpkins. Let your children place the correct number of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.

Measuring: Pumpkin Pie
Playdough
(www.everythingpreschool.com)

  • 5 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Salt
  • 8 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 3/4 Cups Oil
  • 1 (1 1/2 ounces) container Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Orange Food Coloring (2 parts
    yellow, 1 part red)
  • 4 Cups Water
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured
    surface until it is smooth.
  4. Store in airtight container.

Art/Craft

Spider Mask (www.everythingpreschool.com)
Materials:

  • Paint
  • Paper Plate
  • Yarn
  • Garbage Bag

Directions:

Take a large paper plate and paint it black. Next punch 4 holes — 2 on each side of the mask near the edge of the plate. Then from a clean black garbage bag, cut four 16 inch strips. Help the child thread a strip through each small hole in his plate and tie the strip in the center; it will make the spiders eight legs. Glue a large craft stick on the back of the mask.

Science

Pumpkin Float

Have children guess whether or not a pumpkin will float. Give them a picture of a pumpkin to color and a picture of a bowl of water. Let them glue the pumpkin on top of the water if they think it will float or glue it at the bottom of the bowl if they think that it will sink. Create a graph. Then put the pumpkin in the water and let them observe the results.

 

Literature:

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.


 

Ten Little Mummies: An Egyptian Counting Book
by Philip Yates; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Ten little mummies become bored with staying in a room together all day but when they go outside to play they disappear, one by one.


 

Wolves by Emily Grrrabbit [i.e. Gravett]
When a young rabbit checks out a library book about wolves, he learns much more about their behavior than he wanted to know.


 

There Was an Old Monster
by Rebecca, Adrian & Ed Emberley
In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a monster swallows ants, a lizard, a bat, and other creatures to try to cure a stomach ache that began when he swallowed a tick.