During calendar time every preschool day, the students have been counting down to our preschool Halloween day! This was not a party, but a themed day. Here is what we did today…
Halloween Themed Books:There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro Inside a House That is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Halloween Sensory Bin – Students explored a Halloween themed sensory bin. The base was dried black beans. Students found stickers and Halloween toys, each coming in a set number. the task was to find the entire set of each toy. For example: students searched for five bats, six spiders, and eleven pumpkins.
Halloween Stickers – So many uses for these stickers! I found them in a package of 136 for about five dollars. They are large stickers and brightly colored, which I love. I first used them to make a memory game, which is always a hit with preschoolers, and such a great way to practice cognitive skills.
Students used leftover stickers to write stories. Each student got two stickers to place on their paper. Then, students added details with coloring supplies. Finally, the students dictated their stories to a participating mom, who recorded the story, word for word.
Halloween Dominos – I used the same stickers as mentioned above to make a Halloween themed dominos game.
Ghosts and Goblins Counting Game – This is a fun and easy counting game that can be done for any holiday. I painted Lima beans green on one side and left the other side white. Green = goblin, white = ghost. On each side I drew a simple face with an 0 shaped mouth. To play the game, students pour a set amount of beans out of a small container into a tray. Then students separate the ghosts from the goblins and count how many of each.
Building Monster Faces – Students used precut foam stickers to build their own monster face. This was a fun craft, but also served as a way to practice one to one correspondence because once the students had finished their monster face, they had to count how many of each shape they used, as well as identify the various shapes.
Coming this Friday:
- Counting words
- Letter Pp
- Pumpkin themed activities
- Measurement activities
- Sensory activities
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.