Halloween fingerplays and poems are fun and exciting for preschoolers. They act out the Halloween rhymes and it builds their anticipation of the upcoming spooky Halloween night.
(By Iris Van Rynback)
This can be adapted to any movements you think the children will like. I have had the children play the parts of the five little pumpkins also. They really enjoy this, and love saying their part of the poem. At the end, they all roll out of the playroom door. Fun stuff.
To the tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It
Add these verses:
This Halloween fingerplay is an absolute favorite of preschoolers. They really get involved, waving their arms, showing their claws, and especially stomping their feet. Acting out this fingerplay is a great way to use up some of their energy and have fun at the same time.
(To the tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain)
Here is an original Halloween fingerplay that I wrote to the tune of The Bear Went over the Mountain. Any fingerplay can be easily adapted to a holiday, event, or theme. Just change the words to suit the lesson, and you have a brand new fingerplay.
I give half the children witches hats and brooms when we sing this fingerplay and the other half of the children choose costumes from out dress up box. The witches fly around the playroom on brooms while the children in costumes try to keep away from them. Everyone has a great time.
Be creative and adapt some of your favorite songs or fingerplays to the upcoming holidays. Fingerplays are the perfect way to introduce children to rhyming, poetry, music, and performing. Have fun!