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From Recycle Box to Story Box: Halloween Hide & Seek Story Time

A few weeks ago at the library, at the last minute I grabbed a few books from the Halloween display. One of those books was Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz. I made a story box to go with this Lift-The-Flap Book, which is a Hide-and-Seek type of story of the baby going around the house looking for her pumpkin. 

I made it almost completely with items bound for the recycle bin. Wild Thing helped me out with the finishing touches. He LOVES this story box and uses it to retell the story, which is great for early reading/literacy for toddlers and preschoolers.

In the book, Baby looks everywhere for her pumpkin before finding it outside.
She looks under some leaves and finds a black cat (I cut a cat out of a faux leather black fabric scrap). Behind a curtain, she finds a ghost (I made the ghost out of a lollipop with tissue and an old cloth for a cape to match the ghost in the book and used a fabric scrap for the curtain). Inside a closet, she finds some bats (Wild Thing helped to color a file folder to make the closet and put bat stickers inside the closet). Behind the bowls (made from egg cartons), she finds apples (Wild Thing colored the egg carton bowls and put some apple stickers inside the bowls), and under the bed (made from a soap box wrapped in fabric), she finds a hat (we made a hat from egg cartons too).

Wild Thing playing with the ghost.

Wild Thing coloring the bowls.
I loved getting creative with Wild Thing to upcycle recycled materials to make a great Halloween story box! You should make one too!! (P.S. You do not necessarily need the book. Just get creative and make your own Halloween Hide-and-Seek story!) 

Oh - but just in case, here is the book! 

Shared here and was featured!!
Also sharing it at Tuesday Tots and Artsy Play Wednesday!

The Educators' Spin On It
You might also like:

Hush! Storytelling Board
Ten for Tuesday: Storytelling with Puppets



  1. That's such a cute idea! I bet she loved it.

  2. I had never thought about making a box like this for a lift-the-flap book, but it makes perfect sense. We need to read Where Is Baby's Pumpkin. My toddler loves Karen Katz. Thanks so much for linking up!

  3. That is a cute idea. I love that you use recycled materials. I love the picture of 'Wild Thing' playing with the ghost.

  4. Fun! Thanks for linking up with tip-toe thru tuesday.

  5. This is such a cute idea - and my kids adore that book!

  6. My kids loved that book, too. Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf.

  7. Such a great idea!! Love that story box! And absolutely LOVE that it's all recyclable items - looks like it was a blast to make!

  8. This is such a cute idea! What treasures you have in the box!


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