To make them, I just stuffed some newspaper into plastic grocery bags. Then stuck a short dowel rod into the bag. Used some tape to tape the bag around the stick. Cut some cheap white sheets I had bought at Goodwill in half. Drew some faces and tied a white shoestring around their neck. Put them in the ground and tie their hands together. Very simple...but cute!
There are so many good Halloween books!
Here are a few we really like:
Big Pumpkin - Erica Silverman
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat - Lucille Colandro
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - Linda Williams
I Like Pumpkins - Jerry Smath
Halloween Howl - Norman Bridwell (Clifford Books)
Go Away, Big Green Monster - Ed Emberley
Scaredy-Cat Splat! - Rob Scotton
There are so many art/crafts/ activities that I am just going to list everything here!
BIG GREEN MONSTER
Give them a paper plate and have them color or paint it green.
Hang a picture of the monster close by and let them cut out colors and shapes to match the monster's face on the book. You can tape a large craft stick to it for them to use as a mask.
Silly Shape Monsters
Have some different shapes drawn on colored paper for them to cut out.
Let them use markers and scrap pieces of paper to add hair and other features to their monsters.
Pop -Up Ghosts
Have each child cut out a ghost shape and tape it to a craft stick.
Use a black or orange cup or paint your own. Add some fun Halloween stickers.
Carefully cut a slit in the bottom of your cup to place the stick down through.
Show kids how to pop the ghost up and say, "BOO!"
Mystery Halloween Paintings
Before the children get there for the day, take a white crayon or a candle and draw secret pictures onto white paper. Later, during centers, let them watercolor with some Halloween colors like purple, black and orange. When they paint over the wax, the water will resist the wax and move away from the wax.....leaving a mystery picture for them to reveal.
Bat File Folder Game
Cut out 4 bat shapes. Laminate the folder and bats. Attach 4 shoestrings to the folder as shown.
Have child move the bat along its string and eat the bugs. Count each bug as it eats it. Once they make it to their cave, have them find the correct number that matches how many bugs they ate and place it on the right cave.
Have some printout pictures of a boy and a girl. Have the child tell you if they are a boy or girl. Have them color the person (You may need to cut it out). Also have a cut-out of each child's head. Glue the person and their head onto black paper. Have them cut out a ghost shape and use a black marker to trace around the inside edge. Glue just the top part over the person so they can flip the ghost up and say BOO!
Paper Plate Lacing Web
Can you match the skeleton puzzle?
Buy some cardboard decorations you see in the store. Or print two skeletons off your computer.
Leave one whole and cut the other one into puzzle pieces. I laminated mine so they don't rip as easily.
Lay one on the table and see of the child can make a matching skeleton with his pieces.
Halloween Lacing Cards
You can find different lacing cards for holidays or you can just print out your own pictures and laminate.
Use a hole punch around the edges and let the kids lace away!
Candy Corn Hands
Mr. Pumpkin Head
This is played like Mr. Potato Head.
Have a laminated pumpkin at a table and a supply of laminated facial features and maybe hats and things.
Let the children create funny pumpkin people using the pieces.
Cute decoration for them to display on their door at home.
Cardboard Halloween Puzzle
Make Your own Halloween Find-It
I filled a clear plastic bottle about half to 3/4 the way full with oatmeal. You can use sand, rice, corn.....whatever you want. Then I added googly eyes, orange poms (pumpkins) little Halloween erasers, spider rings, ghost shapes, etc.
Let the children move it around and shake it and see how many items they can find. Keep a list of how many of each thing you have and maybe they can check them off as they find them.
Use and assortment of Halloween toys, rings, erasers, googly eyes, etc to place in your sand table for the kids to find and sort into groups. They can also pattern with these.
Use plastic pumpkins and an assortment of rubber bats, mice, and spiders.
Try to stand back and toss as many items as you can into the pumpkins.
Who gets the most?
Marble Roll a Web!
This picture is from prekinders.com
Lay a piece of black paper in a shallow cardboard lid. Squirt a couple drops of white paint on outer edges.
Place 4 -5 marbles in the lid and gently move the lid around and make the marbles roll through the paint and create a web. Once dry, cut out a web shape and tie a white string down with a plastic spider attached.
Cookie Cutter Collage
Rice Crispy Spider
More Ideas (Without Pics)
1. Print out pieces to use with the story "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Bat"
You can use them with a flannel board or just let kids re-tell the story with them
2. Use foam pieces or wallpaper to cut out the pieces of the book,
"There Was an Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything".
Use on flannel or to retell.
The kids could also make their own to take home and retell to parents.
3. Color some glue with orange paint. Draw a pumpkin shape onto wax paper. Let child fill in the shape with the glue. While it is wet, add small black construction paper eyes and mouth. Then you can sprinkle orange colored sand over your pumpkin. Once dry you can use hole punch and make a pumpkin necklace.
I could go on and on with more Halloween things, but I hope this is enough to get your started on some ideas!
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!