The following post originally appeared October 2010, an oldie but goodie I recently shared with my three year old and her older siblings and I thought it would be fun to re-share it here as well. Have fun!
Last week I shared with you some tips and suggestions for storytelling with your children. This week I am bringing you a very simple story, with a fun twist, that you can tell your kids this Halloween.
I thought it would be fun to share the story of The Little Orange House in a vlog.
You will need a few props for this story. Watch carefully and you”ll see the surprise at the end!
- a pair of scissors
- orange construction paper
It is that easy! However, you may want to practice this once or twice before you show your kids, making sure that you are making your cuts along the fold.
Once upon a Halloween, a very tiny little witch was walking through the forest. The weather was turning colder and the tiny little witch was searching for a home to stay warm in while the icy winds blew.
She came across a piece of orange paper blowing in the wind. “Perfect!” said the tiny little witch, “This will make a wonderful home for me!”
And she pulled a tiny little pair of scissors out of her tiny little pockets (for she was a very prudent little witch and always had her tiny little scissors with her) and she folded the orange paper in half and then cut out a tiny little roof. [fold paper and cut the roof]
“Lovely!” said the tiny little witch, admiring her new home. “But, I shall need a tiny little door.” And so she took her tiny little scissors and cut a specially shaped tiny little door, just right for a tiny little witch wearing a tiny little witch’s hat. [make a door shaped like a rectangle with a slanting triangle on the top]
The tiny little witch walked in the door of her tiny little house. It was very dark inside. “I need to make some tiny little windows” she said. So, the tiny little witch took her tiny little scissors and cut some tiny little windows in the orange paper house. [cutting through all the layers of the folded paper, make square or circle shaped windows]
Just then, the tiny little witch heard a voice in the wind howling “Booooo! Boooooo! Boooo hoooooo!” It was a tiny little ghost and he was very sad.
“Tiny little ghost, why are you so sad?” asked the tiny little witch.
“Because winter is coming and I have no hooooooome. Boooo! Boooo Hoooo!” sobbed the ghost.
“Don’t worry, friend,” said the tiny little witch. “I will make room for you in my lovely orange paper house. I will give you your very own ghost-shaped door so that you feel right at home.” And, with that, the tiny little witch cut a small ghost shaped door in the orange paper house. [cut a small triangle in between the door and the windows, on the fold of the paper]
The tiny little ghost went inside his tiny ghost shaped door and the tiny witch went inside her tiny witch shaped door. The two friends were safe and warm inside the orange paper house. And they lived happily ever after! [open up your folded paper and reveal the surprise]
What a fun story to tell! Thank you to my first grade teacher, who I can remember sharing this story with our class a long time ago …
Do you have a favorite Halloween or Autumn story that you’ll be sharing with your kids this month?