Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween/Fall fun for school or home

For me, this is the best time of year. I love the cooler temperatures and the fall colors. The fall season lends itself to many activities for home and the classroom. Please feel free to add your fall activities, lets share our best ideas.
If you have water activities in the classroom or a water table at home-turn that water orange and use fall color sponges to clean it up.
Fill your sensory table with rice or pasta that you have dyed orange. Fill the table with small, age appropriate Halloween items. You can use spider rings, fake leaves and so on. You can also use this same idea with language activities. Still fill the table with rice/pasta, put in a few letters to encourage letter recognition. For example, put in the letter H for Halloween, add objects that being with the letter H.Instant language activity.
Go on a nature walk and find some leaves. Tape one to a clipboard and put a piece of paper over the leaf. Rub away with some crayons in fall colors.
Art activity-Cut off the top of a small pumpkin. Hold it by the stem, dip in paint, then stamp on paper. The possibilities are endless.
Make homemade playdough and use orange food coloring. Add some pumpkin spice too, smells great!
If you are working on counting or one on one correspondence in your math area or at home, break out those Halloween items again and count spiders, pumpkins and the like.
Here is my favorite and it's so simple. Get a basin and fill halfway with water. Add a small pumpkin. Give the children some soap, sponges and towels to dry the now shiny clean pumpkin. Pumpkin washing is always a big hit!
Halloween/fall lends itself to tons of ideas!! Have fun, I can't wait to hear what you come up with.

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