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Halloween party day ideas

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Activities With Me

Make learning how to count and identify numbers, super-fun with pumpkins; which are not only perfect for October, but can still be used throughout November too.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesI find that if I have an interesting theme for things that I’m trying to teach my students, they get excited and are happily engaged and on task.

With that in mind, I designed a variety of pumpkin number activities, which will help your students practice counting, number recognition, sequencing, subitizing, sorting, patterning, and one-to-one correspondence.

The packet includes:

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween games* Eleven sets of different pumpkin cards. There's a sample of each set in the photograph.

You can use them for all sorts of activities, including a variety of games like "Memory Match", "I Have; Who Has?", "Kaboom", "Speed" and "Flip It"

I've included a 4-page tip list, filled with interesting and fun ideas of how to use the cards, including directions for a variety of games.

There are also covers for some of the sets, so that your kiddos can make (just the right size) "Itty Bitty" booklets. 

Because of the nice selection of cards, students will also njoy sorting them into "Pumpkin Piles". 

For example, children put all the pumpkin cards that represent the number one in a pile; all those that show the number 2 in another pumpkin pile and so on.

To strengthen upper body muscles, have children lie on their tummies and sequence the numbers in long lines.  A group of my Y5s enjoyed making a "pumpkin snake" all the way out the door!

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesI also made a specific set of pumpkin cards to be puzzles. These make a wonderful math center

There are 5, strip puzzles on a one-page pattern, which makes them "just the right size" for little learners.

Simply snip on the line to cut the number from the matching group of pumpkins.  Each line is different, so there's only one way for students to complete the puzzle, which will give them the correct answer. 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesAnother fun way to practice with the cards, is to make Jack.  This cute pumpkin pattern is printed on card stock, then laminated.

Cut out the jack-o-lantern's "mouth" and place over the opening of an empty Kleenex box. (There are lots of fall-patterns available. A Boutique box also works).

Pass the pumpkin cards out to your students, then call for the number one pumpkin.

The child holding that card comes up, shows the number to their classmates; everyone says "One", then she "feeds" Jack by dropping the card into his "mouth". 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesAnother fun, whole group game is done with pumpkin seeds.  I use a package of real pumpkin seeds, which you can buy in most food stores.  You can also save the seeds when you carve your pumpkin. 

Make a class set of pumpkin "mats" that you can use each year, or run off the worksheet. 

My kiddos sit at tables, so I spill a cup of seeds on a paper plate.  They each count 10 seeds and put them in their Dixie cup.

When everyone is set, choose a pumpkin number card;  show it to your class; they count out that many seeds and place them on their pumpkin mat. 

You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. My kiddos LOVE this activity. 

Added bonus: pinching & placing pumpkin seeds, is a great fine motor skill that will help strengthen finger muscles.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesI've also including one-to-one correspondence mats that you can use for an independent math center.

If you don't have access to pumpkin seeds, simply print, laminate and trim the page of realistic-looking seeds that I've included in the packet. 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesThere are also a nice variety of interesting worksheets as well as "print and go" game sheets, like "I Spy" or "Pumpkins on a Roll" which is played with dice. 

Use them for individual and whole group activities, assessing, and math centers; homework, early finishers and help for those who are struggling.

Nice for a substitute, and fun for a harvest celebration or Halloween party day.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games,pmpkin songs, halloween activities, halloween gamesDo you know the song "Ten Little Indians?"  This popular rhyme is a super-fun way to help students learn to count forwards as well as backwards.

I substituted pumpkins for Indians, and included a poster poem "10 Little Pumpkins in a Pumpkin Patch" in the packet. 

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, pumpkin songs, halloween activities, halloween gamesStick Velcro or magnet dots to the back of the 10 pumpkin cards, and use them as manipulatives, to attach to a flannel board or white board.

I make an extra set of the "puzzle" cards, and instead of cutting them apart, I use the whole strip in my pocket chart.

The song poster and set of 10 pumpkin cards from the packet, are today's featured FREEBIE. Click the link to download your copy today. 

While the concentration in this packet is on numbers 0-10, there are several activities which also include numbers 11-20, so that you can diversify your lessons and add a challenge.

pumpkin activities, counting activities, number activities, pumpkin games, halloween activities, halloween gamesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Time for a nature walk and much-needed break.

The fall colors are beautiful here in Michigan.

"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter." - Nova S. Blair

6 pages.

These Halloween crayon resist coloring pages, are perfect for Halloween party day, or a fun center activity.  There are 5 to choose from, with directions of how to set things up.

5 pages.

Midnight Magic, is a quick, easy and fun little ghost craftivity, perfect for Halloween party day.  This art is called crayon resist, as the wax in the crayons resist the watercolors.  Using a white crayon, (press hard) trace the simple ghost pattern onto squares of white paper.  Children will not see the ghost 'til they "wash" their paper with the "magical colors of midnight".  To their utter delight, a ghost will appear as they are painting.

1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Craftivities With Me

When parents would ask "When does your Halloween party start?" I'd answer with a big smile, "When the children get here, and it lasts all day!"  The day before, I'd let my students know that we'd be doing all of our math, reading, writing and center activities as usual, but they'd all have a Halloween theme, so we could "party" all day.

Halloween party day packet, ghost pencil craft, spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsThey were then pleased and happy about this, and I wasn't constantly being asked: "When does the party start?" which interrupted everyone's focus.  They also remained calm, on-task and weren't all fidgety waiting.

In the 10 years I taught Y5's this day was never a crazy day, instead, it was one of my personal favorites, because I had lots of volunteers eager to help out.  We proceeded as normal, with only part of our lights on, to add just the right amount of ambiance.  (This also seemed to relax my students.)

ghost pencil craftThey wrote with their "spooky pencil pal" which was quick and super -inexpensive to make. (Directions in the Halloween packet.)

In the afternoon, our snack time would be extra special (cider, fruit, veggies, with some sweets & treats, which parents provided) and to practice and review a variety of standards, we'd play educational games.

I think one of the Y5's favorite parts of the day, were the super-fun centers.  Parents would come in to help, so I could plug in a few more craftivities.  What took me a bit of time to design and set up, they usually completed in just a few minutes, but that was OK as we had much to accomplish. They were enjoying themselves and learning at the same time.

spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsI share my party day ideas in a Halloween packet, but wanted to dream up a few new ones, as this was one of the first units I did, way before I had all of the cool software programs, fonts, and clip art that I use now, but perhaps you'll find a few things you and your kiddos will enjoy.  

These cute dangling ghosts are a quick, easy and fun little something to do on Halloween party day, or as a nice activity to transition to after reading some Halloween-themed stories.

I was "pinspired" by a Family Magazine holiday craft photo.  They did not provide a pattern, so I made up my own.

spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsCutting on a spiral provides wonderful scissor cutting practice, which helps strengthen little finger muscles. 

There's an easy ghost pattern with no arms for younger students, and to help out your left handed kiddo's, I've included flipped patterns for them.

spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsOlder students can write on the spiral and complete one of these prompts: "Things that are creepy to me are . . ." or "Things that I'm a bit afraid of are . . ."

As you can see by the photo, these look awesome dangling from the ceiling, where they'll twirl and swirl. 

Click on the link to view/download the Spooky Spirals Halloween ghost writing prompt craftivity.

spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsAnother Halloween craft that I found several versions of on Pinterest, was a photo of a child in a pumpkin

These too, did not offer a pattern, so I provide one in my Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater craftivity packet. 

There's a blank pumpkin, one that says: "Happy Halloween from your little pumpkin" as well as one with the nursery rhyme written on it that I revamped.

Peter peter pumpkin eater rhyme poster, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween crafts"Teacher, teacher pumpkin eater.  Had a student couldn't reach her.  Put _________ in a pumpkin shell and there she taught her very well." (Female and male options.)  I've included a poster of the original Nursery Rhyme. 

midnight magic watercolor wash, spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween crafts Midnight Magic, is also a quick, easy and fun little ghost craftivity, perfect for Halloween party day because it's super-simple and has that "Oh Wow!" factor.  

This art is called crayon resist, as the wax in the crayons resist the watercolors. I've taken a picture of the 3 steps of how it looks.

Using a white crayon, (press hard) trace the simple ghost pattern onto squares of white paper.  Children will not see the ghost 'til they "wash" their paper with the "magical colors of midnight".  To their utter delight, a ghost will appear as they are painting. 

spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsAlthough an all-black wash is effective, I think the ones where children used purple, blue and black turned out better.  I did a ghost, but any simple shape (pumpkins, candy corn, or bat) would do.

I've also done these with children's names.   Click on the link to view/download the Midnight Magic Halloween watercolor craftivity.

Halloween crayon resist watercolors, halloween games, spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsIn the Halloween Crayon Resist packet, I've included 5 coloring pages for kiddos to choose from, along with directions of how to set things up. 

Finally, another quick painting craftivity, is Alphie Andy the candy corn alphabet cup. I used styrofoam cups, orange and yellow acrylic paint and a black ink pen to make these fun "I Spy a Letter!" game "twirlers".

Halloween crayon resist watercolors, halloween games, spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsStudents can add a face to the top white section, or leave it plain. First graders can write their own letters on the top of the cups, but I'd do this for younger kiddos.  (I did a class set while watching TV.  Takes a minute or two per cup.)

It's not at all difficult, but little ones have a tendency to write large, so they won't be able to fit all of the letters around the rim.   When you make yours, look at my photo.  Letters need to be close, with a small space.

Remember the cup is upside down when you write the letters on the rim.  Add a second cup so you have a sturdier surface to write on.

You can keep this simple and just make cups with the uppercase letters on them, or "double up" and add an additional cup with the lowercase letters.  This way, you can review more than one standard.  When you call out a letter, students twirl their uppercase letter cup til their arrow lines up with that letter; then they twirl the lowercase letter cup, so that letter matches up with the uppercase one.

Students literally take 2 minutes to paint a yellow and orange stripe on their cup. (Make sure they write their name on the bottom.) Set aside to dry. Add an arrow, insert cup(s) and play "I Spy!"  It's a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.  Children hold up their cup when they've found the correct letter and have the arrow pointing to it.  Click on the link to view/download Alphie Andy, the Candy Corn Alphabet Assessment Cup craft.

Halloween crayon resist watercolors, spiral ghosts, Halloween activities, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, ghost activities, october writing prompts, spiral pattern, watercolor washes, crayon resist art, halloween coloring pages, nursery rhyme crafts, peter peter pumpkin eater activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween craftsThat's it for today.  Thanks for visiting. Have to go check my apple-crisp bars.  The cinnamon scent is wafting through the house and smells delicious.  Wishing you a warm-fuzzy kind of day.    

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