Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Chalice Children: A Program about Our Unitarian Universalist Community for Preschoolers

Activity 4: Story

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Story book

Preparation for Activity

  • Choose a story from the following suggestions:
    • Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli, 2014. The leaves fall, the wind blows, and one little pumpkin seed tries and tries to be scary. But he doesn't scare anyone . . . not the snowflakes in winter, not the bees in spring, not even the watering can!
    • The Halloween Kid by Rhode Motyo, 2010. A story about a masked hero and his trusty steed. Halloween won't be canceled anytime soon, not while the Halloween Kid's around.
    • Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell, 2000. Ten ghosts, a witch, and a haunted house make this Halloween countdown a spooky treat!
    • Teeny, Tiny Ghost and the Monster by Kay Winters and Lyn Munsinger, 2011. All of the ghosts in the teeny tiny school are excited about the upcoming Make a Monster contest-except the timid teeny, tiny ghost, who finds the very idea frightening. At the end of the school day, he has not come up with any inspiration for his picture.
  • Review How to Read a Storybook, under Resources in the Introduction.

Description of Activity

Hold up the book and say, in these words or your own:

Here's how I am going to read the story. Does anyone need to move so they can see and hear?

This will help children move if they need to and then get settled before the story is started, so they don't interrupt the reading. It also serves as a reminder that if they stand or sit right in front of the pages, no one else can see. Invite them to find a place to settle so that everyone can see. When all are ready, read the story. When you finish reading, ask if anyone has thoughts about the story that they would like to share.

Including All Participants

Seat a child with hearing or sight difficulties near the reader.