Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It is so much fun to celebrate Halloween at storytime (whether you do a dedicated Halloween storytime or allude to the holiday with stories on apples, pumpkins, ghosts, monsters, etc.) In case you were wondering, dressing as a ninja is a great costume idea and that is how this post is related to Halloween.
I was inspired to do a ninja storytime by a review in School Library Journal. I thought it would be fun to do a flannel version of "The Ninjas" by Barenaked Ladies (lyrics here). I used Open Clip Art to find a ninja and copied it into Publisher. Then I adjusted it to be the size I wanted and printed it. All the pieces are felt, except the ninja sword which is paper glued to felt for sturdiness. I also made a little Irish flag for the ninja as a souvenir from his trip to Ireland. At the last verse, I swing the bottom of mask piece open to reveal the ninja's smile. We read The Boy Who Cried Ninja (far and away the favorite) and Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear. The kids made ninja masks for their craft.