Into the Woods


BOOK 1: Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
It took me a while to finally pick this book up and read it, because I wasn’t drawn in by the cover.  If you are anything like me – give this one a chance.  It is a great read-aloud and a storytime winner!  A cute, funny story about a little owl that has lost his Mama.

RHYME/GUESSING GAME (with puppets): There’s Something in the Woods
I gathered puppets of animals that live in the woods and placed them in a large bin.  I kept them hidden during storytime, and then after saying the rhyme and giving the clue, I pulled each one out of the bin.  If the children had a difficult time guessing one of the animals, I would let part of him peak out of the top of the bin to give them a clue.  They loved it!


There’s something in the woods, that I can’t really see.
(hands around eyes like binoculars)
There’s something in the woods. Now what can it be?
(hold up hands, shrug shoulders in question)

Repeat above rhyme before giving each clue….

I’m an animal who’s big, brown and furry and who “Roars” (bear).
I’m an animal who’s who has long ears and goes “Hop, hop, hop” (rabbit).
I’m an animal who says ‘whoo, whoo’ at night (Owl).
I’m an animal who’s red, furry, has a big bushy tail and likes to eat chicken (Fox)
I’m an animal who’s small, has a big, bushy tail and loves to eat nuts (Squirrel).
I’m an animal who’s tiny and makes very quiet “squeaks” (Mouse).

 STORYTELLING: In A Dark Dark Wood
After seeing Karen Bowling’s amazing flip book of “In a Dark Dark Wood” on youtube (see below), I decided that I had to make one for myself!  I love how it’s not too scary (and actually quite silly!) for young children and how it has a different ending each time.  I went through this story about three times and encouraged parents and children to recite it along with me.

Notes on making the flipbook: I found that using regular printer paper was too see-through and that I needed to use cardstock.  I also laminated each page, so that they would be nice and sturdy and the children could look at it after storytime was over.

Watch Karen’s video to listen to the story and see how the flip book works:

SONG/FINGERPLAY: Cabin in the Woods
Before singing this song, I went over all of the actions with the group.  Then we sang it together a few times.  (Watch this youtube video for the tune.)

Little cabin in the woods, (put hands together to form shape of roof)
Little man by the window stood; (put hand to forehead like you are searching)
Saw a rabbit hopping by, (hold up two fingers like bunny ears and make them ‘hop’)
Knocking at the door. (make knocking motion)

Help me, Help me, Help me, he cried! (raise hands in surprise)
Before the farmer bops my head! (fist to head)
Come on in the little man cried (move hand toward you to motion ‘come here’)
And warm up by the fire. (rub hands together)

SONG: There’s a House in the Middle of the Wood – Wee Sing Halloween
I think this song is best suited for children in preschool and up.

There’s a house in the middle of the wood.
There’s a house in the middle of the wood.
There’s a house. There’s a house.
There’s a house in the middle of the wood.

There’s a witch in the house in the middle of the wood.
There’s a witch in the house in the middle of the wood.
There’s a witch. There’s a witch.
There’s a witch in the house in the middle of the wood.

There’s a nose on the witch in the house in the middle of the wood….

There’s a wart on the nose of the witch in the house in the middle of the wood…

There’s a hair on the wart on the nose on the witch in the house in the middle of the wood…


Closing Song: Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

CRAFT: Leaf Rubbings

Leaf rubbings are always a fun, nature activity!  Find step-by-step instructions as

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BOOK: Look Out Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek

BOOK: Looking For a Moose by Phyllis Root

BOOK: Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough

BOOK: The Foggy, Foggy Forest by Nick Sharratt

BOOK: Teddy Bears Picnic by Jimmy Kennedey
SONG:  …and the song too!

6 thoughts on “Into the Woods

  1. Hi there! I already enjoy reading your blog. I’ve written down some ideas and started looking into more of the titles you’ve included in your blog. I’m always on the book prowl for titles to get my hands on to read to my students. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be checking in often on more book ideas!

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  3. Hi! I was doing a search for a fun witch flannelboard story to use in my letter W storytime next week and stumbled upon this post. I’m the Karen who posted the Into the Dark, Dark Woods video. I’m so glad someone was able to use it. I love how children’s librarians are so happy to share their ideas. This is such a collaborative profession! Yay for librarians!


    • Karen! I’ve actually been trying to get in touch with you – people LOVE your flip book! I love your flip book! Thank you so much for sharing your youtube video. It’s always such a hit in storytime. I’m going to send you an email 🙂


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