Strega Nona - October Storytime Online

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola! Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Today, Monday October 5th, the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

"Strega Nona" by Tomie dePaola

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

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Kits include:

  • a copy of Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola (You get to keep the book!)

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored pumpkins)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 2 activity pages

  • 1 coloring page

  • rhymes/song pages with weblinks (maraca included)

  • a "pasta" craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

Here are some of the handouts/activities you'll receive in the kit:

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included pumpkin handouts Can You Show Me…? (tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”) Can you show me the orange pumpkin? Orange pumpkin, orange pumpkin? Can you show me the orange pumpkin? And wave it in the air? Green… purple… blue… yellow Hold It High – Choose one pumpkin from handouts Hold your pumpkin high and stand Now wave it around in gestures grand! Hold your pumpkin below your chin Now hold it way up high again Hold your pumpkin against your nose Now touch the pumpkin to your toes Touch your pumpkin to the ground Now wave that pumpkin all around! Hold your pumpkin in front of you Now turn around – one time, two! Hold your pumpkin and jump up high! Now let your pumpkin fly fly fly (throw it in the air) SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included maraca The Pasta Song by Sesame Street Pasta Party by Juny & Tony The Pasta Song by thepastafilms In the Garden by A.J. Jenkins/KidsTV123

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap) On Top of Spaghetti (Tune: “On Top of Old Smokey”) On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed (sneeze!) It rolled off the table, it rolled on the floor And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door (pretend to roll baby off lap) It rolled in the garden and under a bush And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush. (clap hands together) The mush was as tasty as tasty could be, And early next summer it grew to a tree. (raise arms like tree branches) The tree was all covered with beautiful moss It grew great big meatballs and tomato sauce! So if you eat spaghetti all covered with cheese, Hold on to your meatball and don't ever sneeze! (shake head no) ACTION RHYMES My Garden This is my garden; (extend one hand forward, palm up) I'll rake it with care, (make raking motion on palm with other hand) And then some flower seeds, I'll plant (planting motion) The sun will shine (make circle with hands) And the rain will fall, (let fingers flutter down to lap) And my garden will blossom (cup hands together, extend upward slowly) And grow straight and tall.

Strega Nona’s Seeds Grow

(Tune: "Farmer in the Dell")

Strega Nona plants the seeds

Strega Nona plants the seeds

Deep down inside the ground

Strega Nona plants the seeds

The rain clouds give them water

The rain clouds give them water

seeds need some water to drink

The rain clouds give them water

The sun gives heat and light

The sun gives heat and light

Seeds like it warm and bright

The sun gives heat and light

Anthony pulls the weeds

Anthony pulls the weeds

Seeds need the room to grow

Anthony pulls the weeds

The seeds grow into squash

The seeds grow into squash

Squash that are delicious

The seeds grow into squash

Pasta Pot

(Tune: "Are You Sleeping?")

Bubble bubble, bubble bubble

Pasta pot, pasta pot

Boil me up some pasta

Boil me up some pasta

Nice and hot! Nice and hot!

I am hungry, I am hungry

Time to sup, time to sup

Boil me up some pasta

Boil me up some pasta

Fill me up! Fill me up!

There is plenty, there is plenty

Pasta pot, pasta pot

There's enough for supper

There's enough for supper

Nice and hot! Nice and hot!

Simmer down, simmer down

Pot of clay, pot of clay

Wait until I'm hungry

Wait until I'm hungry

Another day, another day

Strega Nona’s Magic Pot

Strega Nona’s Magic pot

Cooked her pasta nice and hot.

Special words and kisses three,

Stopped the pot so magically.

Big Anthony thought he’d do the same;

He said words, the pasta came.

But when he tried to stop the pot,

More pasta bubbled nice and hot.

The people yelled and ran around,

“There’s too much pasta in our town!

Who can stop the magic pot?

From making pasta nice and hot?”

Strega Nona as you knew,

Figured out just what to do.

Big Anthony, it is now time

To let the punishment fit the crime.


Tomie DePaola’s website:

Scholastic’s Strega Nona site:

Let us know what your little ones thought of Strega Nona. What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us? We look forward to continuing storytime with Zombies Don't Eat Veggies by Megan Lacera on October 19th!

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