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HALLOWEEN
HALLOWEEN ART
HALLOWEEN COLLAGES
Set out orange and black construction paper.
Set out orange and black collage materials, such as; paper scraps, yarn, ribbon, pompoms, magazine pictures, and feathers.
Invite your children to glue the orange materials onto the orange paper and the black materials onto the black paper to make two color collages.
 
HALLOWEEN RUBBINGS
You will need one or two cardboard Halloween shapes for this activity.
Use double sided tape, to tape the cardboard cutouts onto a table.
Let your children take turns placing pieces of lightweight paper on top of the shapes.
Next, have the children color across the papers with the sides of orange and black crayons to make rubbings.
 
HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS
CHAINS –Make 1” x 5” strips of orange and black paper. Help your child, tape or glue the strips into rings alternating the two colors. Hang the chains around your home.
PUMPKIN FACES – Give your child large orange pumpkin cutouts and some black marking pens. Encourage her to draw faces on the pumpkins with the markers. Tape the pumpkins to windows, with the faces facing out, for passersby to see.
FRIENDLY GHOST MOBIL – Have your child tear freeform ghost shapes out of white paper and then draw on eyes with a black marker or crayon. Suspend the ghosts with thread from a coat hanger and watch them float and flutter in the air.
 
PUMPKIN FRAME MASK
This is a safe mask for young children because it does not cover their entire faces.
Cut the center out of a paper plate
Give your child the plate rim to paint orange for a pumpkin frame.
On the back of the frame, tape a plastic straw “handle”.
Show your child how to hold up the frame mask and make “jack-o’lantern” faces through the hole.
 
ADDITIONAL HALLOWEEN ART
You can find additional Halloween art at the Art Station
Spider Art
Ghost Art
Pumpkin Art

HALLOWEEN GAMES

PUMPKIN PUZZLES
You will need four large cardboard pumpkin shapes for this activity.
Cut one pumpkin into two puzzle pieces.
Cut one pumpkin into four puzzle pieces.
Cut one pumpkin into six puzzle pieces.
Cut one pumpkin into eight puzzle pieces.
Put each puzzle into a plastic zipper bag.
Let your children take turns opening a bag and completing the puzzle inside.
 
HALLOWEEN PUZZLE
Find a children’s greeting card (one made of stiff paper works well).
Cut off the front of the card and discard the back.
Then cut the card front into four or five puzzle pieces.
Give the pieces to your child and have her put the pieces back together.
 
HALLOWEEN STICKER GAME
Collect two sets of matching Halloween stickers, making sure each pair is different.
Attach one set down the left-hand side of a piece of paper.
Attach the other set down the right-hand side of the paper in a mixed up order.
Give the paper to your child and have him draw lines between each matching set of stickers.
Varitation: For a game that can be played more than once, put the paper inside a clear-plastic report cover. Your child can draw lines on the plastic with a crayon, then use a tissue to erase them.
 

ADDITIONAL HALLOWEEN GAMES
Additional Halloween games can be found at the Game Station.
Halloween Games
 
HALLOWEEN DRAMATIC PLAY
Set out a Halloween Dress-up box for your children.
Include simple Halloween costumes, hats, scarves, etc.

HALLOWEEN LANGUAGE

HALLOWEEN “AT” BOOK
Talk with your children about these words that contain the “at” sound:  bat, cat, hat, rat and mat.
For each of your children, make a six-page booklet with a cover page and then the five words printed at the bottom of the remaining pages.
Invite your children to draw Halloween pictures on the pages of their booklets to illustrate each word.
To finish their booklets, write “My AT Book” on the cover and  let your children decorate it with Halloween stickers.
 
COSTUME WORD FUN
Sit with your child in front of a mirror and invite her to try on a few Halloween masks. Ask her to describe what she looks like wearing each one. Or you try on the masks while she describes what you look like.
Provide a box of dress-up clothes and encourage your child to create different costumes. When he looks in the mirror, what does he see?
 
HALLOWEEN POSITION WORDS
You will need a pumpkin shaped container with an open top for this activity.
Give your child a small toy and the pumpkin container.

Have her move the toy per your instructions; such as:
           Put the toy “in” the pumpkin.
           Put the toy “next to” the pumpkin.
           Put the toy “behind” the pumpkin.
           Put the toy “on top” of the pumpkin.
           Put the toy “under” the pumpkin.

 
HALLOWEEN STORIES
These three Halloween stories can be found at the Story Station.
Ten Little Pumpkins
Pumpkins, Pumpkins On The Vine
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

HALLOWEEN MUSIC

HALLOWEEN MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Invite your children to try some of these Halloween animal moves.
Fly like bats.
Swoop like owls.
Crawl like spiders.
Creep like cats.
Roll like pumpkins.
Then show your children how they can also sing about their actions with the following song.

 
FLY LIKE BATS
Tune :  “Frere Jacques”

Fly like bats, fly like bats,
All around, all around
They can go up and down
They can fly without a sound
Fly like bats, fly like bats.
                            Jean Warren
Add additional verses, so your children can sing about all of the Halloween movements above.
 

I’M A LITTLE GHOST
Tune:  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

I’m a little ghost
Flying through the air.
Boo, boo, boo to you!
Did I give you a scare?
                        Elizabeth Scofield
(Continue with additional verses, such as; I’m a little bat or I’m a little owl.)

 
THREE HALLOWEEN CATS

Tune:  “Three Blind Mice”

Three Halloween cats,
Three Halloween cats,
See how they run,
See how they scat.
They run loose all over town.
They cause a mess and knock things down.
They better watch out or they’ll be in the pound.
Three Halloween cats.
                                                Jean Warren
 

ADDITIONAL HALLOWEEN SONGS
Additional Halloween songs can be found at the Music Station
Halloween Songs

HALLOWEEN SCIENCE

HALLOWEEN SCIENCE IDEAS
Look for Halloween Science ideas at the Discovery Station
Pumpkin Science
Fall Harvest Activities

HALLOWEEN SNACKS

PUMPKIN COOKIES
Invite your child to spread orange frosting on round cookies to make pumpkins.
Have him add faces using chocolate chips.
 
PUMPKIN CRACKERS
Have your child spread cheese spread on round crackers.
Make pumpkin faces using raisins or olive slices.
 

PUMPKIN RECIPIES
Multiple pumpkin recipes can be found at the Discovery Station.