Monday, October 31, 2011

4 Fun Halloween Preschool Activities


1. Counting Candy

Instructions:

  • Grab an empty ice cube tray.
  • Put candy in a bowl.
  • Let your kids put one candy in each hole.
  • Count the candy!

This activity was a definitely preschool success.  Hooray!  The kids (both two years old) are at a point developmentally where they love sorting the candies into little compartments.  We've already done this activity with marbles and other manipulatives and the kids have liked it, but the candy was a definite hit.




2. Masks

Instructions:
  • Print and cut out animal masks.
  • Let the kids color them.
  • Add some elastic.



Admittedly, these masks were kind of a preschool fail.  I think older kids would get a kick out of them, but our two year-olds wanted nothing to do with them once the coloring part was over.



Oh well.  At least the teddy bears were happy to wear them.



3. Ripped Paper Pumpkins

Instructions:

  • Rip some orange construction paper ahead of time.
  • Print out (or draw your own) pumpkin outline.
  • Help the kids cover their pumpkin with glue (from a glue stick).
  • Let the kids put pieces of the orange paper on the pumpkin.
  • Let the kids color the pumpkin stem green with a crayon.
  • Write "pumpkin" in highlighter.
  • Then help the kids trace the word "pumpkin" in pencil.



I am happy to report that this activity was also a preschool success.  The kids had a great time decorating their little pumpkins and now we have a cute little Halloween decoration.



4. Practice Trick-or-Treating

Instructions:

  • Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes.
  • Have one mom/teacher go inside a bathroom or closet with the bowl of candy and close the door.
  • Have another mom/teacher help the kids knock on the door.
  • When the door opens, help the kids practice saying "Trick or treat!"
  • Put some candy in their buckets.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Needless to say, this was an ultimate preschool success.  Dress up?  Silliness?  Candy?  Check, check, and check.

Also, this activity proved to be especially great because it actually taught the kids how to go trick-or-treating.  Olivia is a pretty shy kid, but she was fearless about trick-or-treating at our church Halloween party this past Friday and she's super excited about doing it again tonight.


How have you been celebrating Halloween?


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3 comments:

Lisa Lou said...

Yay for fun preschool times! Uh, I made a ghost and we have a bowl of candy on our table. We're having a Halloween fondue party tonight! Crazy crazy!

Whitney said...

Can I just say that the practice trick or treating was a GREAT idea! We had our ward trunk or treat and we were so disappointed how rude the kids were. Many just shoved an open bag in front of our face like, "give me candy now." Spencer would try to coach them by asking, "What to you say?" and he would get blank stares in return. NO ONE said thank you. And I'm not talking about really little kids either, I'm talking about kids that were old enough to know better. It made the whole experience rather unpleasant for us because the kids came off seeming so greedy. I wish their parents would have taught them how to trick or treat for pete's sake because it was ridiculous. Anywho... stepping off my soap box now.

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Wow! You're a way cooler preschool mom for Halloween than I am. So far the only educational thing in our house this morning is...almost the only way to get candy is to read a book. We've never had so much reading with so little complaining before though. Turns out Seth can read a whole lot better than he's been letting on.