Here are some simple but fun things we have been doing in the classroom for Halloween. Some of these activities are so simple, you could implement them in the next few days. For others, however, it might be too late for them this year. But please feel free to tuck these ideas away for next year!
The week before Halloween, we like to prepare the children for the holiday with some role-playing opportunities. For some of the youngest students, this is their first real experience with Halloween (or at least the first they can remember). These are some of the things we do to help the kids become comfortable with the customs of Halloween (as well as just have a good time)!
In addition to our regular dress-up clothes, we provide a variety of Halloween costumes the children can try on. Tip: Pick them up on sale after Halloween or at garage sales over the summer!
We also provide some trick-or-treat bags and some pretend candy (laminated candy wrappers). When the children role-play it helps them get the hang of the process (ie. say "trick or treat," say "thank you," etc) so it's not so foreign to them when they do it for real. Plus, the kids really enjoyed doing this!
Many of the students (especially the boys) really benefit from having fresh and interesting things to do at the workbench. This is what we did at the workbench to celebrate Fall.
Toy hammers and plastic nails (or golf tees) make for a great seasonal activity at the workbench!
Our water table is seldom ever filled with only water. Here are some of the things we did for Halloween.
This is one of my all-time favorite activities! We call this "Mr. Pumpkin Head"! Just poke three holes down the middle of a pie pumpkin (one each for eyes, nose, mouth) and two on each side for ears and arms (although you can see here, we only did arms). For the tiny gourd pumpkins, you just need two down the middle. Then add Mr. Potato Head pieces (or mini Potato Head pieces for the small gourds) and let the children create! So much fun!
Our 3 year-olds love to snip, and really benefit from the practice. So, we filled the table with orange and black scrap paper.
Then the children cut or tore the paper.
The writing table is at the center of our classroom, and for good reason! It is one of the most important areas of our room. We like to fill it with interesting free-choice activities that will get the children excited about writing! These are a few things we have done for the Halloween season. For the idea below, we give our thanks to Dr.Jean!
We made these books out of left-over (un-used) napkins and scrap paper. Add some seasonal writing utensils and the kids just can't help wanting to come over and draw pictures or write words in them! We provided meaningful Halloween-themed word cards for those children who enjoy copying words.
Boys dressed as superheros, writing in pumpkin books! Awesome.
One girl's inventive spelling and illustrations in her napkin book! Love it!
At the writing table, we put out all kinds of pumpkin and leaf shapes and writing/coloring utensils for the children to explore. Anything that gets the younger kids to make marks on a paper and improve their fine motor skills is a good thing!