Are your kids getting excited for Halloween? Do they have their homemade costumes all picked out? This month's free Halloween coloring page from children's illustrator and author Melanie Hope Greenberg is a darling trick or treat scene.
Those five leaves in the sidebar of the trick or treat scene were so tempting! We knew we had to do something amusing with them. My son has been really into reciting the 5 Little Pumpkins rhyme lately (and when I say "really into" I mean "15 million times a day") so we made up a rhyme for "5 Little Leaves."
The leaf rhyming song and stick puppets would be a great activity for preschool circle time in October!
What you need
- The "main ingredient" is the coloring page!
- Crayons, coloring pencils or markers
- Craft sticks
- Glue stick
After printing out the coloring page, let your child color it for as long as they like.
Next, cut out the individual leaves in the side bar. It's easier to make the stick puppets if you cut them out with a good size border around them. No need to cut exactly on each leaf's outline.
Use the glue stick, or tape, to attach each leaf to the end of a wooden craft stick.
Say the rhyme!
5 little leaves whooshing through the sky.
The first one said, “This is fun, come on and try!”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air!”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s fly and fly and fly!”
The fifth one said, “I’m going now, good bye!”
And ooooooo went the wind.
And out went the lights.
And the 5 little leaves, they blew out of sight.
OK. So it's not genius, but we had a few giggles reciting it.
About the illustrator:
Melanie Hope Greenberg is an award winning author and illustrator of more than 15 children’s books. Her cheerful, vibrant illustrations can be found in books such as Good Morning, Digger, Down in the Subway and A City Is. Her most recent book, Mermaids on Parade was selected as a Bank Street Best Book, and for the Texas Reading Club and PBS Kids Summer Reading Lists.
Melanie's art has also appeared in numerous magazines, on greeting cards and even mugs! She conducts workshops at schools, libraries and was an artist-in-residence at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Melanie loves to connect with parents, caregivers and kids on her facebook page or her blog, so stop by and say “Hi!”