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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spooktober on Frogs, Bees and Under the Seas

Hello, I am Lori from Cachey Mama's Classroom. I would like to thank all 3 of the authors at Frogs, Bees and Under the Seas for the opportunity to write a guest post for them! It has been a while since I have actually done much for Halloween with my preschool class. The last 2 years I have worked for Head Start where they don't allow us to celebrate holidays, so I had to think back to some ideas I used to do at my previous center. Here are just a few things I came up with.


GOING BATTY
Here is a bat decoration that I made with a toilet paper roll. This is really easy to do and can be hung up around the room from the ceiling for Halloween parties or gatherings.
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TIME TO GET MESSY!
Get some of the tiny little mini pumpkins and cut the tops off. Let the kids sift through the pulp to gather all the seeds. Save the seeds to count and then make a graph of how many seeds we found in each pumpkin.


Use paper cutouts in the shape of a seed to make a picture graph. Lastly, have the children compare the numbers of seeds found in each pumpkin. As an extension, you can measure each pumpkin to get the diameter and see if there is a correlation between the size and the number of seeds it has.



PUMPKIN TOSS
We have done this activity for a few years and it is especially good for parties or other events such as a fall fair where you have stations set up. A Jack-O-Lantern bean bag toss. I just cut this from butcher paper, laminated it and attached it to a cardboard box that I also cut holes in.

You can use any bean bags. Either take some from another game you have or make some festive ones like the ones pictured below from Ms. Carlie's Little Learners. No rules or points, but if you want, you can have some science inquiry questions ready to ask them if they get their beanbag through the hole.




PARTY SNACKS
Here's a tasty, healthy snack that is nice and easy. Little ones will love these eyeballs. I have made these and they are yummy!


Happy Halloween to you and the kiddos in your class!




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