Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ten great activities for Halloween!

We've shared Halloween apps already, so here is a post with other Halloween-themed activities for the week. I'm planning on using several of them in my therapy activities this week, especially any therapy sessions on Friday (because I know they won't be able to focus otherwise!)

First up, how cute is this rhyming game? This has a free download for the rhyming pictures, all set to print on labels. Or print on plain paper and glue on to whatever you use.

Find this activity, as well as a candy corn alphabet printable, on the Make, Teach & Take blog.

This activity is a simple printable, with instructions right on the sheet to target following temporal directions. I think there are other fun uses for it, too, including articulation, vocabulary and classification. It would be good to use for progress monitoring, too, for any other teachers and speech-language pathologists who are nearing the end of a grading period.

Find this activity on Ms. Lane's SLP Materials website.

I found this activity on Teachers Pay Teachers, from Karen Jones. It's a free resource for teaching addition and subtraction of tens, with first or second grade students. It includes instructions, a hundreds chart and two different worksheets. This is a great activity for students learning to understand the concept of 10s.

Check it out as a free download on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I'm not a big fan of vampires, but this handprint activity is pretty adorable. And after I found this activity, I saw links to many more Halloween crafts on this great blog, including a melted crayon pumpkin decoration, a Halloween-themed Oreo snack and a paper plate witch craft.

Find the Handprint Vampires on the Crafty Morning blog (and be sure to browse around for even more activities!)

Someone creative in my church made these cute spider cookies with rave reviews from my kids who could eat them. Enough that my gluten free kid thought I should tackle them for him to try. They're amazingly cute for a themed cookie, and don't look too hard, either.

Look for the recipe and great visual directions from Sommer Collier on A Spicy Perspective.

This page has numerous Halloween printables, including coloring pages, writing paper and a word search. Good for some free time activities, or just a little time to settle down in the midst of the excitement of the day.

Find the printables on the website.

I've seen these cute spiders several times in the past few years, and have always wanted to make them for speech sounds--each student can make a spider and list words that contain their target sound. This year might just be the year I can pull it off. It can be used for so many goals, including Halloween vocabulary, digraphs, even math. It's billed for a graphic organizer, which is another great idea.

Find this fun spider activity on The Lesson Plan Diva blog

This printable book is so cute I was sure it would be paid, but it's actually free! It's great for reading with students and helping them pick up on patterns, though it isn't really decodable for most young readers. I've already printed it for the students I work with. It would be a fun choral read with kindergarteners or first grade students, too.

Find this adorable monster book on the Measured Mom blog.

This handy page links up to 25 different science activities for Halloween. Many of these would be great fun at a class Halloween party--take the focus off of candy and do some fun exploration. They range from easy (sink or float pumpkins) to really complicated (use a brain mold to make a brain to explore).

Find the links on the Creekside Learning blog.

Finally, find free songs and rhymes for Halloween on this page. Even better, it's not just the words, but a link to a YouTube video for each one! I love this idea. I know a teacher at my school who will love these for Circle Time (even if it's just to refresh her memory before teaching them to the kids!)

Find the links on the Living Montessori Now blog.


Heather H might have to let all trick-or-treaters take out their own candy from the bowl, to avoid giving them the trick of germs from the cold that won't leave.

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