Today was our Halloween party. We had a lot of fun! We started off the day with a costume “show and tell”. Each student shared what their costume was and why they chose to be that person or thing. We had a variety of people: Moana, Anna, Tinker Bell, Owlette, Lucinda the Witch, Minnie Mouse, and a bee.
We read the story Pete the Cat: 5 Little Pumpkins. The students acted out the rhyme. Then we made our craft pumpkins. This idea was from Mother Goose Times‘ Halloween celebration package that came with October’s box. First, we stuffed a brown paper bag with crumpled up newspaper. Then, we tied the bag shut with a twisty tie. The students decorated their pumpkins with orange foam that I had in my craft supplies. I was going to let them paint the bags, but I was remembering when we did that last year the paint wasn’t dry when it was time for them to go home and there was orange paint everywhere! So, we chose to not paint this year. Maybe next year, I’ll have them paint the bags a few days before our Halloween celebration. That way they will definitely be dry and ready to decorate. After we glued on our orange foam, we made faces. I was impressed by the student’s ability to make their own choices about the shape of the eyes and mouth instead of just copying the example. We placed our pumpkins in our pumpkin patch to let the glue dry.
I think the pumpkins turned out really cute and unique to each student.
Next, we cut open a small pumpkin and used our 5 senses to explore the pumpkin. The students were excited to touch the inside. They used excellent words to describe the inside of a pumpkin: Slimy, squishy, wet, soft, hard. The only sense we didn’t get to explore was taste. But of course, as I was teaching, I thought about how I could have cooked the seeds and let them try the seeds or I could of had a can of pumpkin puree that they could taste. I have to remember all these ideas for next year’s celebration…
Finally, we played “tape the patch on the scarecrow.” I snuck some learning in with this game. As the students picked their patch, I had them tell me the shape and the color of the patch.
We had a lot of fun today!
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