This is my favorite time of year! The temperature is pretty fair, the leaves are beautiful and there are so many things to do, places to go and not to mention plentiful ideas for teaching! Here are a few of our favorites that we’ve done so far…
Leaf Patterns found here
Preschool level- an easy match game numbered 0-10
Elementary: Roll the dice, which ever number it lands on; add, subtract, double, multiply or divide. Use for even or odd recognition etc.
Candy Graphing: Estimation, counting, adding, total number, comparing, sorting, predictions and comparisons! Just printed out a blank graph sheet and chose a big box of colored candy!
My sister did a great lesson on pumpkins here Weighing, measuring, estimating and some science too!
Halloween online math game addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
…and of course we did some baking projects as well!
Science and Nature:
Nature walks!! We go out often, this week we met up with family and enjoyed a fun walk! This site has great scavenger hunt ideas and 150 things to do in the fall! I get a lot of ideas from this site.
We did a seed match game,connecting the seeds to its proper leaf. The one we enjoyed the most for science this week was putting together a skeletal outline using items from nature!
We tried a Science experiment with Gummy Worms to make them “wiggle” but it failed! Soaking the worms in baking soda and water for about 20 minutes, then dropping them into Vinegar to watch them wiggle, except they didn’t wiggle as much as just fizz…..
The boys also made Gak and Silly puddy with their Aunt this week. We later on used cookie cutters in the shapes of Halloween to press into the two different textures and compared the differences!
This week’s book favorites are : It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall and Ready, Freddy! The Pumpkin Elf Mystery by Abby Klein
Making Monster sentences! This is a printable activity, in which I cut out all the monster feet and put them on construction paper and stapled together as a book. Under or next to each set of feet, he had to come up with a sentence about the feet. Such as “The monster with the speckled feet and legs, got lots of candy!”
We did some puff paint ghosts and pumpkins. Mix together shaving cream and glue and add food coloring if you wish. It dries puffy!
While the shaving cream was out, we also did ghost art, simply drawing ghosts with our fingers in the shaving cream on top of trays.
Primitive art study: I found this picture through an image search for Halloween art. With a printed out picture, we talked about the images, the style and then after viewing it for a while, I flipped it over and asked him to tell me verbally all the things he could remember in the picture.
We have many more activities coming this week! Follow me on Pinterest as I have lots of ideas pinned! My sister Homeschool’s as well using the Unschooling method and has many posts on lessons for Halloween activities! Here is her Blog.