Today, we had our preschool Halloween party. We had a lot of fun together. Planning a party for 10 preschool aged kids can be pretty daunting. I needed to make sure I planned easy enough activities that they could do themselves or with little help so I wasn’t completely overwhelmed. Mother Goose Time’s celebration kits make planning a party easy and kid friendly. Plus, it was fast and didn’t take much time to plan. I have used all their activities in the past, but this year, I modified the activities a little to meet the needs of my students. (The activities are all in black and white because my color printer broke.)
I started the day by letting each student share in front of the class what they were dressed up as for Halloween. I loved seeing them in their costumes. They were excited to share in front of the group and be the spotlight for a full minute.
After we shared, we did three different groups and rotated through each one of them.
- Beware of the Bat
The students loved this game. I modified the rules a little and we played it like the game, “What Time Is It Mr. Fox?” One student stood in front of their small group. That student was the bat. He/She showed a picture of a cat. The other students said the number on the cat and took that many number of steps towards the person holding the card. If the person held up a bat card, he/she would chase the others. If you got tagged by the bat, then it was your turn to be the bat.
2. Pumpkin Seed Counting
The students practiced counting seeds. This was a great activity for 1-1 correspondence as well as practicing counting up. The students had to pick a number card, and put that many seeds on the card to match the number. For the older group, we had them pick two cards and add the numbers together.
The students painted pumpkins. The students got to get creative. They had to choose their color and decide on their design. I only saw one student draw a face on her pumpkin. The rest just painted the pumpkin multicolored. All of the pumpkins were adorable. This activity helps them with fine motor skills and decision making.
After our activities, we had snack time. We made spiders out of Ritz crackers, pretzels, peanut butter, and raisins. We also made scary monster teeth out of apple slices, peanut butter (or cream cheese), and pretzels. The students made their own spiders and teeth.
After snack, we cut open a pumpkin and used our 5 senses to describe the pumpkin.
See: Big, Orange, Round, Stringy, Seeds
Smell: Disgusting, Bad, Gross
Touch: Hard (on the outside), slimy, stringy, sticky, wet (on the inside).
Taste: We are going to roast the seeds and try them tomorrow!
The last activity we did was tape the mouth to the pumpkin. I hung the pumpkin a little too low because they all taped their mouths a little too high. Each student got to draw and cut out their own pumpkin mouth. I got a huge variety. I had circle mouths, smile mouths, rectangle mouths, and mouths with teeth! It’s fun to see how each student is unique.
Today was a fun day with the kids. And I love that I got to sneak some learning practice in there in the form of games throughout the day.
Next week we start our new theme: Transportation Station.
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