Trick or treat! Halloween is just around the corner and with that comes lots of Halloween fun in Pre-k/PPCD. We shared some of the Halloween activities from our class last week in the post Halloween Fun. Here are a few more Halloween ideas and activities for the classroom.
Halloween Dramatic Play
The home center is always one of the biggest hits in our classroom. It becomes even more popular when we add seasonal or holiday items. For Halloween we added lots of goodies to allow the kids to have a pretend party or go trick-or-treating.
The paper plates, napkins, plastic cups, pretend pumpkins and pumpkin pail all came from Wal-Mart and all cost $1 or less. The candy are from some math mat activities Angie had. We copied the candy sheets on various colors of copy paper, cut them apart, and laminated them for durability.
The kids really enjoyed trick-or-treating with their friends and throwing Halloween parties. We heard lots of good vocabulary use and conversation practice going on in the home center while the kids were playing!
In our post from last week, you saw how we made a Halloween footprint craft with the kids. This week we switched it up and created a cute handprint spider which the students will take home as gifts for their families. Our original inspiration for this craft came from a blog called The Momma Diaries.
We started this craft with a little trial and error in making the spider web. We attempted to use a silver sharpie, finger painting with white paint and using a q-tip and white paint to create the spider web before settling on a white crayon.
We began by letting each child choose if they wanted to use purple or orange paper. We then helped the child create their spider web by drawing it hand-over-hand with a white crayon. The next step is to paint each hand black and place them on the paper one at a time. The palm of both handprints need to overlap in order to make it look like a spider.
Once the paint has dried, the last step is to add a face to the spider. We used q-tips and white paint to paint on the eyes and smile.
We love the final product and can’t wait to share these with our students’ parents!
That wraps up our Halloween activities for this year. It is hard to believe Halloween is already here. We are busy prepping now for November activities. Make sure to subscribe to see what fun things we do for Thanksgiving!