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Preschool Activity Theme for Halloween
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Pin the Nose on the Jack-O-Lantern
Description: Place the large jack-o-lantern
on the wall. There should be a
After placing the blindfolded child directly in front of the jack-o-lantern,Jack-o-lantern, Jack-o-lantern with no nose,
encourage him or her to place the nose where he/she thinks it belongs. Teachers may let the children try this by themselves first and then play the game again with the other children using positional words to guide the blindfolded child.
Materials: An old tennis ball, a sharp knife,
orange poster paint, a black marker,
Description: Teachers, a slit needs to be
cut in the bottom half of the tennis ball, this will form the mouth. Next,
paint the pumpkin orange and let it dry. Then, use a
Song For HalloweenI am a pumpkin, big and round
Even Toddlers will like this circle time song from Tiffany W.
Description: Tell the kids to tiptoe in the circle area and sing it softly until the Boo Its Halloween part!
Pumpkin PopsBoo Its Halloween!
During your Halloween party try this treat from Annessa.
Materials: Tootsie Roll Pop, orange napkin & green curling ribbon.
Description: Wrap an orange napkin around
a Tootsie Roll pop. Tie a length of
Materials: Glove and 5 different colors of pompoms.
Description: Glue a pair of wiggle eyes onto each pompom and then glue or velcro them to the glove. You now have "Five Little Monsters"
Comments: The kids love this!Five little monsters sitting on the floor.
There's an entire Color Activity Theme
Materials: Plastic serving
gloves, popcorn (popped), candy corn, plastic spider
Description: Drop a piece of the candy corn in each glove finger (for fingernails). Then fill the glove with the popcorn, and secure the end with a rubber band. Now add the ring onto one of the "fingers". Cool "spooky hand"!
Take a peek at the theme devoted to Popcorn
Materials: heavy white paper, orange paint, spices( ground cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice), black construction paper and glue.
Description: Teachers cut a pumpkin shape for each child from heavy paper or have older preschoolers do the cutting. Next, the children paint the pumpkins orange. While the paint is still wet, have them sprinkle spices such as ground cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice over the pumpkins.
Have the children or adult cut geometric shapes from black construction paper and glue them onto the pumpkin shape for facial features. Children now have an Autumn smelling Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween.
Materials: Old jeans or pants, button down shirt (men sizes work best), gloves, boots, hat, Jack-O-Lantern head. (I use a plastic jack o lantern bucket) and old newspaper.
Description: After reading The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything a few times, the children will create a scarecrow. This project is usually done at the end of the week after the children have been introduced to the idea of a scarecrow and what it is used for. We then discuss what should come first, next, last and so on.
Tie off the end of the pants and shirt with string or rubber bands. Stuff the pants and shirt with crumpled up newspaper. Sit the scarecrow in a chair. This activity is a lot of fun! My classes have always enjoyed this one!
activities are in the Fall
Materials: 4 oz cups, instant chocolate pudding, milano cookies, black gel frosting, oreo, baggies, milk, and marshmallow fluff.
Directions: "Ghost in
the Graveyard Treat"
and Literacy: Halloween Riddles
Materials: Enough flannel to make one owl, one trick or treater, one ghost, one black cat, one Jack-O-Lantern, and one moon.
Description: Make flannel board pieces for each character and display them as you say these riddles:
I hoot and cry, by night I fly.Pumpkin Carving
Science and sequencing skills are the focus of this Halloween lesson plan by Julie.
Materials: One pumpkin for the class and a carving knife.
Description: I talk with my class about pumpkin carving and how they think you should do it. Write their suggestions down for examination at the end of your project. We also read books about how pumpkins grow. If possible take your class to a market or pumpkin patch to pick the pumpkin to carve. Talk about the shape, size and color of your pumpkin before you carve it.
Cut the top off your pumpkin, have the children look inside the pumpkin. Let each child scoop out some seeds and examine them. Talk about the smell and feel of the insides. I had some children refuse to get their hands dirty and that was fine. I still included them.
Have the children vote on the kind of face the pumpkin should have. Vote on a name for the pumpkin. Discuss first, next, and last with the children. This is great sequencing skills. Let the children glue some of their pumpkin "insides" on a pumpkin shape to take home with them. Save the pumpkin seeds. Soak them in salt water, spread them on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with spices if desired, then bake at about 350 for 15 or so minutes. Check often to see if they are of desired crispness.
Comments: The children have great fun! Sometimes children aren't able to experience this fun part of Halloween.
Materials: Orange construction paper to make an 8X10 Pumpkin, a small amount of green construction paper for the stem, a gallon plastic zip bag or laminator and Dry Erase markers.
Description: Cut out an orange pumpkin and place a green stem at top. Insert the pumpkin into a zip bag or laminate it. The children may draw pumpkin faces as long as they wish with the dry erase markers. Use a tissue to wipe off and start again.
Materials: Pumpkin shape from orange construction paper, all different size buttons and glue.
Description: Give each preschooler a pumpkin shape and ask them to glue the buttons on, eyes, nose and mouth. After the glue has dried we decorate our classroom by hanging the pumpkins from the ceiling.
Down to Halloween!
Materials: Not too much! Just a paper chain of orange and black construction paper.
Description: Teachers make a sign that says, "How many days until Halloween?!" Make a paper chain alternating with black and orange loops. Make 31 loops, one for each day in October. Then, each day at circle time, have one of the children tear off a loop. By the end of the month, they will be able to see how time goes by and their excitement will be obvious as only two or three loops are remaining!
Another idea for the
same objective is to use a large calendar filled with Halloween pictures
on each day. Have the children draw an X on each day that goes by!
This way they can see the days that have passed and the days that are
Board Idea: "Tear Art Pumpkins"
Materials: Pumpkins shape cut from white paper, orange and yellow paper scrapes, and glue.
Description: Ask children to tear orange paper into small pieces and glue all over the pumpkin shape. Next have them tear yellow paper into triangle shapes for the eyes and nose and mouth(except for the teeth). Voila...a tear art pumpkin! Great for displaying on boards for a halloween theme.
Materials: Newspaper, glue, balloon and paint.
Description: Teachers blow up the balloon
and tear newspaper into strips. Mix glue with a little water to make it
thinner. We take turns dipping strips into the glue and then covering
"Foot Print Ghosts"
Materials: Black construction paper, white paint, and our bare feet.
Description: Place the
white paint in shallow pans and have the children take off their shoes
and socks. Dip children's feet into the paint and make prints on
the black paper. Have paper towels ready to wipe feet, so they won't slide
across the floor. Turn the paper so that the toes are at the bottom, you
have a ghost. When
Comments: This works well with all ages, I have tried it with 1's to 5's.
or Treat" Containers
Materials: 1 gallon milk jugs (one for each child), orange gloss spray paint, black felt, and spray adhesive.
Description: In advance, clean out milk jugs and cut off tops, leaving the handles intact. Next, spray paint the outside of the containers with orange gloss spray paint and let dry. Cut Jack-O-Lantern face parts out of black felt (triangles for eyes and nose, crescent for mouth). Spray the back of each piece with spray adhesive. Help children apply the felt shapes to the milk jug to create a Jack-O-Lantern.
Comment: These are great
containers for young trick-or-treaters because they don't have to worry
about holding on to it and opening it to receive their treats. Also,
when a child bends over, the treats don't fall out!
Materials: Used dryer sheets such as bounce, snuggle, downy etc., rubber bands, black markers and cotton balls.
Description: Take 2 dryer sheets and place the cottonball in the middle. Pull the sheets around the cottonball and attach a rubberband tightly. Make two eyes from black markers. If you want you can hang from the back tucking a piece of yarn in the rubberband. These not only look cute but make the room smell great also!
Materials: Per child - 1 white bag, 1 piece of black yarn, 2 orange Wikki Stix, black paint, scissors, and old newspapers.
2. Stuff the bag with bits of crumpled newspaper until it is about 1/3 full. Cut each piece of yarn in half. Gather the bag together at it's midpoint and tie it closed with a piece of yarn. Save the remaining piece.
3. Make spider legs by cutting from the bottom open edge of the bag towards the midsection. Make eight legs.
3. Give each child 2 Wikki Stix. Help them to cut the Stix into several pieces. Bend and shape the sections to make facial features for each spider and press them to the painted bag. No glue is needed! Tape the remaining piece of yarn to the top of the spider's head and hang it from the ceiling or in a window.
Craft Activity: "Paper Bag Pumpkins"
You will need:
Working with small groups of preschoolers, ask children to cover a low table with newspaper. Next help young children fill paper bags with crumpled newspaper. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the neck of each bag to create the pumpkin's stem.
Now pre-k children paint their pumpkin bags orange. Set the bags aside and allow them to dry. While they are drying encourage young children to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth for their Jack-O-Lanterns from the black construction paper. Glue the facial features on when the bags are completely dry.
Display your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns for
all to see.
Paper Plate Masks
You will need:
Help pre-k children cut out eye holes in the paper plates. Children can cut out facial features from assorted construction paper and glue to the plate. Cut and glue strands of yarn for hair then use felt tip marker to add more features or details to the mask (eyebrows etc.).
Now press together one end of each paper towel
tube and staple one pressed edge tube to each paper plate mask.
Finally, it's time for children to make-up and act out a friendly halloween story using their masks/puppets.
Materials: Orange construction paper, clear contact paper, yarn or thin ribbon, masking tape and a whole puncher.
Description: I am working with 2.5-3 year olds so I will prepare the pumpkins myself. Older kids can cut out their own. Cut out pumpkin shapes about the size of a paper plate or smaller. Decorate with stem, leaves, or as a Jack-O-Lantern if desired. Cover both sides with clear contact paper, cutting off extra.
Based on children's ability level, punch holes along the outside edge of pumpkin about a 1/2 inch in. Punch several holes for older kids and a just a few larger ones for little kids. Put a tiny bit of masking tape on the end of a long piece of orange yarn or ribbon (this holds the end firm instead of using a needle) and have the kids lace up the pumpkin. When done, tape the end of the yarn to the back of the pumpkin. VOILA. Cute activity and challenging for the kids, but they are very thrilled with their accomplishments when done.
Comments: This lesson can be adapted to fit any theme. Use apples, snow men, flowers, etc.
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