Wednesday, October 2, 2019


This is one of my all time favorite finger plays and it never goes out of style!

Jack O’ Happy
This is Jack O’ Happy. (Hands circle head and smile.)
This is Jack O’ Sad. (Hands circle head and frown.)
This is Jack O’ Spooky. (Open mouth and eyes wide.)
And this is Jack O’ Mad. (Make a mean face.)
This is Jack in pieces small. (Hold up palms.)
But in a pie he’s best of all. (Circle arms in front as if holding a pie.)

You can download a book for the children to read and color. Or, better yet, download the version with just the words so the children can make their own illustrations.


Five Little Pumpkins
(Tune: “Five Little Ducks” – Happy Everything CD)
Five little pumpkins sitting on the gate. (Hold up 5 fingers.)
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late.” (Hold up thumb.)
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (Hold up index finger.)
The third one said, “But I don’t care.” (Hold up middle finger.)
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.” (Hold up ring finger.)
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.” (Hold up pinky.)
Ooooo! Went the wind, and out went the light. (Blow through hands, then clap.)
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight! (Roll hands behind back.)


*My students loved to hold paper pumpkins and act out this rhyme. 

Here's a play dough mat that Carolyn Kisloski made for our "October Happies" where children can make their own pumpkins for the rhyme.

*What?  You never heard of a blue pumpkin?  It's all I had, but I kind of like it, don't you?

Handprint Art
Trace around children’s hands and feet on white paper. Glue to black construction paper and let children add details.

How about a lollipop ghost made with a Dum Dum and napkin?  You know, the kids love these just as much in 2019 as they did when I started making them in 1969.

              Packet includes 17 songs and 115 pages of ready to use materials.