Fall Harvest Week 3: Halloween

Halloween is coming soon!  In honor of the big event, as part of our month long Fall Harvest study, we're having a Halloween Unit!  The kiddos are super excited.  I always am in awe at how little pictures of things they love make or break an activity. I could present the same activities without the Halloween themed pictures and chances are they wouldn't touch it.

Halloween Unit
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Here's what we're doing!

Language


Halloween First Letter Sounds
Inside the cauldron are green glass beads.  The kiddos place the beads on the correct first letter that corresponds with the pictures on each card.  We haven't done these in a while, so it's been a great review.

Source:  This activity was part of a free printable pack found at 3Dinosaurs.com.

Halloween Movable Alphabet Picture Cards
Halloween Spelling
The kiddos are super excited this week to use our homemade moveable alphabet to spell Halloween themed words.  I chose very simple words because Dinomite has been struggling lately.  If he deems anything too difficult, he won't touch it.

Source: I created the printable for this activity. For your free copy, click HERE.

Halloween Bingo or Matching Game
Halloween Bingo
This is an activity I created last year for the kiddos.  I was super excited to pull it out again.  As I presented the activity we played Bingo. When the children do their self directed work, they'll match up the pictures to the words.  That is unless they decide to partner up with someone.

Source:  I create the printable for this activity. It is part of a packet I created last year at this time.  The packet was not designed to be shared with others.  I was trying to use as much space as possible on each page, and the least amount of paper possible. You are more than welcome to use this packet for free, (Click HERE.) I just wanted to warn you before you saw it.  Lol.

Halloween Nomenclature Cards
Halloween nomenclature cards
This is one of the activities that the kiddos wouldn't touch, if it wasn't Halloween related.  Both Dinomite and Bulldozer enjoyed completing it today.  (Princess is sick with the stomach bug.)
Halloween nomenclature cards
I created these cards. They are also part of my Halloween Packet from last year.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Guess Who Halloween Match Up
Halloween Guess Who match up cards
The kiddos will read the clue cards and match them up with the pictures provided. If they can't read the words themselves, the cards will be read to them. We already did this once today and Dinomite was able to read all of the words but a couple on his own.

Source:  This activity is part of a printable pack at 3Dinosaurs.com.

Math


Halloween Pattern Cards
Halloween pattern cards
Who doesn't like completing patterns?  The kidddos loved this activity.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of last year's Halloween Pack.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Halloween Themed Counting By 5s Cards
Halloween themed skip counting cards
The kiddos have been working on counting by 5s this month.  This activity was designed to help them practice using orange bead bars in celebration for Halloween.

Source: I created this activity. It's also part of my Halloween Packet from last year.  For you free copy, click HERE.

Odd & Even Halloween Number Sort
Odd and Even Halloween Number Sort
This is yet another activity where the theme is everything.  Identifying odd and even numbers is another goal of the month for all three kiddos.  The kiddos will sort the numbers into their categories of odd or even.  Halloween ring counters have been added as a control, in case the kiddos need help.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of the Halloween Pack I created last year. For your free copy, click HERE.

Witch Skip Counting By 2s
Witch Skip Counting by 2s
The kiddos will write in the missing numbers as they count by 2s to 30.  The black pipe cleaner with beads is designed to be used as a control while counting.

Source:  I created this activity.  For your free copy, click HERE.

Science



Body Systems
Body Systems
Halloween is always a great time to study the body.  We've spent a significant amount of time studying the Circulatory System, Immune System & Hygiene, and the Reproductive System in the past. However the kiddos are unfamiliar with other systems in the body.  I figured this would be a great intro activity for them.

I'm only introducing seven of the eleven systems shown in the printable, but still, for them I think that's a lot.  The kiddos will match up the cards with manipulatives that represent each system.

Body Systems Cards Printable
Source:  I created these cards. For your free copy, click HERE.

My Human Skeleton Book
My Human Skeleton Book
The kiddos are very intrigued by skeletons. They think they are the coolest things.  I thought it might be fun for them to make a book of their own with all the different parts.  They loved the process!

Source:  These free printable for this activity can be found at Montessori Workjobs.

USA Spider Chart
Spiders of the USA match up
I could have gone through and made my own little cards or match up spider printable, but I am not a fan of spiders. Just looking for an activity about spiders in general was enough to make me gag.  Dinomite on the other hand LOVES them and could not wait to get his hands on this activity.

I liked this match up activity, because not only were the kids learning the difference between different spiders, but they were also learning the danger risks of each kind of spider.  Basically all I did was take two of these charts, cut up one into individual spider pieces, and have the kiddos use the other to match them up.

Source: This chart can be found at www.termite.com.

Practical Life/Sensorial


Halloween Stamp Activity
Halloween stamping activity
I found all of these stamps last year on clearance after Halloween for $0.25 each.  I've combined them with black and orange stamp pads and paper.  I'm sure the kiddos will have fun.  Dinomite has just started requesting colored pencils when he uses stamps so he can color them in.  They are not shown, but will be provided if he asks.

Halloween Sensory Bin
Halloween Sensory Bin
The kiddos have been asking about their Halloween Sensory Bin for at least a month now. They remembered it from last year.  Already it's a favorite on the shelf.

Halloween Play Dough, Golf Tees & Spider Balls
Halloween Play Dough Fine Motor Activity
I've had this idea in my mind for a while, but was trying to find the perfect time to use it.  Bulldozer would not let me use any of his marbles.  They're too special to him.  In September I found these adorable spider bouncy balls.  I knew they would work perfectly.

There are several steps to this activity. The kiddos will first break off pieces of pumpkin pie scented play dough, roll them into balls and place them in the molds. They will then place golf tees in each of the balls of play dough.  To finish they will place the balls on top of the golf tees in a pattern of their choosing.  Bulldozer was very intrigued with this activity.

Source:  This activity was inspired by an activity at Living Montessori Now.

Spider Hole Punching
Spider Hole Punching
We've done this activity once before, using hearts for Valentine's Day. It was a definite favorite yet quite challenging at the same time.  Sadly, after three days the hole punch broke.  This time I made sure to purchase 2 (only a $1 each).  I am using construction paper instead of card stock. The little cauldron is for all the paper spiders that will result.

Halloween Poppers
Halloween Poppers
Who doesn't like poppers?  I figure they're a great fine motor activity that strengthens fingers and hands as the kiddos have to turn the poppers inside out etc., to get them to pop.  They've been having some serious fun with them.

Floating Eyeballs
Eyeballs in water
I had more elaborate plans for my eyeballs but frankly, I ran out of energy to put it all together.  The kiddos will use tongs to remove the eyeballs from the water and place them on the tray.  All kiddos will receive prompts to use only one hand while using the tongs.

Tweezing Spiders
Tweezing spiders
The kiddos will use tweezers to transfer each spider to the other cauldron.

Source:  Inspiration for this activity and a few other math activities in this post came from Counting Coconuts.

Witch's Brew
Witch's brew pouring activity
This activity was a pleasant surprise for the kiddos.  Technically it's just another pouring activity.  However, inside the cauldrons is 1 tsp. of baking soda and a few drops of food coloring in various colors.  It's their job to pour vinegar into the cauldrons.  They were definitely surprised and then delighted!

We wish you a very Happy and Safe Halloween, for all those celebrating!

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4 comments:

  1. What great ideas! My 3 year old would love that Halloween sensory bin and the floating eyeballs! :)

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  2. Awesome, as usual, Renae! Thanks so much for sharing your printables! I featured your post as the Free Printable(s) of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest. :)

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  3. Such a fun collection of ideas :)
    Pinned it. I love the twist on the pouring activity with the witches brew. My two boys would love it.
    I am going to do the Odd/Even with Halloween erasers. Thanks for the idea!

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  4. Love all your themed learning! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

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