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5 Little Ghosts – Flannel Board

on October 30, 2008

Yesterday morning I did a halloween theme story time at the preschool, and again the Flannel Board story came in as the favorite for the kids. This time, I did a story called The 5 Little Ghosts.

Once upon a time there were five ghosts who were all invited to a party.

(Line up your ghosts in a row on the flannel board).

They had a wonderful time at the party. They played games, they sang songs and they got very hungry.

So the five little ghosts looked for something to eat. Now, ghosts only eat milk and vanilla ice cream, but they couldn’t find any vanilla ice cream.

They found vegetables, lovely green string beans and bright red tomatoes. They found fruit: sweet orange slices and beautiful purple grapes.

The first ghost decided to try a grape. He took a nibble and it was so good he ate them all up. And the ghost turned as purple as a grape.

(Replace the white ghost with the purple one)

The second ghost decided to try a bright red tomato. He took a nibble and it was so good he ate them all up. And the ghost turned as red as a tomato.

(Replace the white ghost with the red one)

The third ghost decided to try a nice green string bean. He took a nibble and it was so good he ate them all up. And the ghost turned as green as a string bean.

(Replace the white ghost with the green one)

The fourth ghost decided to try a sweet orange slice. He took a nibble and it was so good he ate them all up. And the ghost turned as orange as a orange.

(Replace the white ghost with the orange one)

Now the fifth ghost didn’t like trying new foods. He wanted ice cream and nothing else. So the fifth ghost asked if there was any ice cream he could eat. And there was. It was called chocolate chip, but it looked almost like vanilla.

The fifth ghost took a nibble of the ice cream and it was so good he ate them all up. And the ghost turned the color of chocolate chip ice cream –- polka dot.

(Replace the last ghost with the polka dot one)

I ended up telling this story 4 times because the kids loved it so much. I’m going to do another telling of it at my library branch and see how it goes. The flannel boards are more popular with the pre-schoolers at the school than the pre-schoolers I get at the library story times, but hopefully they will like it too.

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