Halloween

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Halloween Class Party Guide FREE
halloween school party guide
This free 17 page party planning guide provides you with a variety of pre-written parent notes, a sample agenda, party activities and games to help you have a successful and stress-free classroom Halloween or fall celebration. Available for free in the printables section below.

You’ve Been Boo’d Printable Note
you've been boo'd printable note
This one is fun for the teachers! Read more about it and get your free copy of the “You’ve Been Boo’d” printable note here.

Halloween Literacy Activities

Halloween Beginning Sounds I-Spy Bottle Activity {FREE}
Free Halloween Beginning Sounds I-Spy Activity via www.pre-kpages.com
You can download this free beginning sounds I-Spy printable on the blog HERE.

Halloween Classification
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Setting: Small Group, ABC/Literacy Centers
Objective: Differentiate between letters and numbers
Materials: 20 Pumpkin die-cuts, ABC and number stickers, 2 hula hoops
Directions: Affix one ABC sticker to 10 pumpkin die-cuts and one number sticker to 10 pumpkin die-cuts. Place the two hula hoops on the floor next to each other. Mix the pumpkin die-cuts up and place them face down on the floor near the hula hoops. Designate one hula hoop for letters and one for numbers. Have students sit in a circle around the hula hoops and take turns turning over a pumpkin and placing it in the center of the correct hula hoop.

Halloween Letter Matching
pumpkin mat
Setting: Small Group, ABC/Literacy Centers
Objective: Visually discriminate letter shapes, matching
Materials: laminating film, scissors, orange construction paper, pen, magnetic letters
Directions: Fold each sheet of construction paper in half and cut it in the shape of a pumpkin. Use a pen to trace magnetic letters onto each pumpkin mat. Laminate the pumpkin mats and give one to each child in your small group. Have students match magnetic letters to the correct outlines.

Pumpkin Beginning Sounds
beginning sounds
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Letter Sounds
Materials: Orange construction paper, scissors, laminating film, Sharpie marker, alphabet items from Lakeshore Letter Sound Teaching Tubs, pumpkin container
Directions: Select certain sounds your students need to work on and place the items from the Lakeshore Letter Sound tubs in your pumpkin container. Cut large pumpkin shapes from the construction paper, write your letter sounds on each pumpkin with the Sharpie marker and laminate the pumpkins for durability. Seat students around the table, place the pumpkin container in the middle. Students will take turns selecting items from the container, identifying the beginning sound, and placing the item on the mat with the corresponding beginning sound.

Halloween Beginning Sounds
halloween beginning sounds
Halloween beginning sound clothespin activities available in the Halloween Math and Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Halloween Syllables
halloween syllables
Halloween syllable clothespin activities available in the Halloween Math and Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Pumpkin Fishing
pumpkin fishing
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Alphabet Recognition
Materials: pumpkin cut-outs, ABC stickers OR Sharpie marker, paper clips, recording sheet, orange Do-A-Dot marker, fishing poles
Directions: Laminate your pumpkin cut-outs and write one letter on each pumpkin using the Sharpie marker or place one letter sticker on each leaf. Place paper clips on each pumpkin and put pumpkins in a tub or container of some sort in the middle of the table. Students use their fishing poles to “catch” the pumpkins and stamp the matching letters on the recording sheet with their orange Do-A-Dot marker. The recording sheet has a large pumpkin outline on it with all the letters of the alphabet written inside. Students use an orange Do-A-Dot marker to mark the letters they have caught.
Fishing poles: 12 inch dowels, string, hot glue gun, round magnets
Tie the string to the end of the dowel and use the hot glue gun to secure it to the dowel. Next, hot glue the round magnet to the end of the string.

Who Took the Pumpkin Game?
pumpkin classify
Setting: Small or Large Group
Objective: Oral Language development, name recognition
Materials: one pumpkin die-cut per child, Sharpie marker
Directions: Write the each student’s name on a pumpkin with a Sharpie. Sit the students in a circle in your large group area and place all the pumpkins in the middle of the circle on the floor face down. Have each student take a turn coming to the middle and turning over a pumpkin and reading the name. The entire class says the following rhyme:

“Who took the pumpkin from the pumpkin patch?
________ (insert name of student whose name appears on the pumpkin die-cut) took the pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.”
Student whose name appears on the pumpkin says: “Who me?”
Teacher and class= “Yes, you”
Student= “Couldn’t be”
Teacher and class= “Then who?”

Repeat the activity by having the student whose name was on the pumpkin turn another one over. Continue until all students have had a turn.

Boo Game
boo game
Setting: Large or Small Group
Objective: Letter Identification
Materials: 27 ghost die-cuts, cauldron or other trick or treat type container, Sharpie or ABC stickers, Halloween music
Directions: This game is played just like “Hot Potato”. Program 26 ghost die-cuts each with one letter A-Z using the Sharpie or ABC stickers, you can choose upper or lowercase depending on the levels of your students. Write the word “Boo!” on one die-cut and place all die-cuts in the cauldron. When you play the Halloween music the children pass the cauldron around the circle. When the music stops the person who is holding the cauldron gets to take out a ghost and identify the letter. If a student pulls out the “Boo!” card all the children get to say “Boo!” very loudly and put their cards back in the cauldron. Keep playing until all children have had a turn.

Halloween Math Activities

Halloween Positional Words Book
halloween positional words book
You can download your free copy of this book from my blog here.

Halloween Macaroni Sorting and Graphing Math Activites
halloween macaroni math activities
Halloween macaroni graphing and patterning recording sheets available in the Halloween Math and Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Halloween Eraser Sorting
halloween sorting
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Sorting
Materials: Halloween erasers
Directions: Have students sort the erasers into groups.

Halloween Boo-Mallow Sorting and Graphing Activities
halloween boomallow activities
Halloween Boo-Mallow sorting and graphing recording sheets available in the Halloween Math and Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Halloween Patterning
halloween patterning activities
Halloween patterning activities pictured above available in the Halloween Math and Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Halloween Stamp Patterns
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Halloween Sticker Patterns
halloween patterns 2
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Patterning
Materials: Halloween stamps, stickers, or erasers, pattern strips
Directions: Have the students choose two different stamps, stickers, or erasers and make a Halloween pattern on their strip of paper. Providing a narrow strip of paper instead of a whole sheet will help your students be more successful at patterning in the beginning.

5 Little Pumpkins Play Dough Counting Mats {FREE}
Free printable 5 little pumpkins play dough counting mats via www.pre-kpages.com
Read more about using these 5 Little Pumpkin Play Dough Counting Mats HERE. Two mats are included, one with a witch and one without. These free counting mats can be downloaded in the printables section below.

Halloween 1:1 Game
halloween one to one
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: one ice cube tray per student, foam die, Halloween manipulatives (from Scholastic)
Directions: Give each student in the small group an ice cube tray. Place the Halloween manipulatives in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of Halloween manipulatives in their ice cube tray.

Halloween Counting Cups
halloween cups
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: 6 Halloween cups, number stickers, pumpkin seeds
Directions: Have students place the correct number of pumpkin seeds in the cups.

Spider Counting Book
spider counting book
Spider counting book pictured above available in the Halloween Math and Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Pumpkin Counting Plates
halloween plates
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number recognition, counting
Materials: 5 Halloween plates, Sharpie, Halloween erasers OR pumpkin seeds
Directions: Write one number on each Halloween plate (1-5) with the Sharpie. Have students place the correct number of erasers or seeds on each plate.

Spider Counting Plates
halloween spider rings
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number recognition, counting
Materials: 5 spider web plates, index cards, permanent marker, spider rings
Directions: Write one number on each index card. Have students draw cards and place the correct number of spider rings on each plate.

Fine Motor Fun with Spiders
glue spider web activity
You can find information for creating the fine motor spider activity on the blog.

Fun Halloween Activities

Mini-Pumpkins
mini pumpkins
Materials: one mini pumpkin per child, liquid glue, glitter, Sharpie marker, Q-Tips.
Use the Sharpie marker to draw the outline of a Jack ‘O Lantern face on each mini-pumpkin. Have the students dip their Q-Tips in the liquid glue and fill in the outline with a thin layer of glue. Next, shake glitter over the glue and let dry. These Jack ‘O Lanterns look Spooktacular when finished!

Paper Plate Jack O’ Lantern
paper plate pumpkin
Materials: orange tissue paper cut into squares, black construction paper, liquid glue, liquid starch, small paper plates, paint brushes.
Use the paint brush to brush a thin layer of liquid glue over the paper plate. Next, have the students lay tissue paper squares all over their plate. Cut black triangles for eyes and nose and mouth shapes, have students glue on the eyes, nose, and mouth. When the paper is dry brush a thin layer of liquid starch over the top of the plate to create a “glazed” look.

Trick or Treat Lift-the-Flap
halloween lift the flap
Materials: construction paper, scissors, crayons, Sharpie marker
Take one large sheet of construction paper and fold it hot dog style. Next, open it and lay it flat on the table and make three cuts from the bottom to the folded line, make sure your cuts are equally spaced. Close the paper back to hot dog style and you have created 4 flaps. On the top of each flap write the words “Trick or Treat”. Next, have the students use their crayons to illustrate who is Trick or Treating behind each “door”.

Halloween Printables

Halloween Literacy and Math Packet {40 pages} $4

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Dramatic Play Pumpkin Patch Kit {$3} Read details HERE
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