Here are some things we did last October in the two’s classroom.
Pumpkin Science Center
We put out different pumpkins and gourds along with pumpkin seeds, magnifying glasses, bowls, and rulers for the children to explore.
Each of the children chose one of the pumpkins from the science center. We measured and weighed each pumpkin and I wrote down how the children described their pumpkins. Then each child predicted what they thought would be inside the pumpkins before we cut them open. Some of the predictions we got were a dinosaur, another pumpkin, and candy.
Of course once we cut the pumpkins open, we saw that there were seeds inside. Everyone helped to scoop out the sticky seeds.
And we made a jack o’ lantern.
We saved the seeds from the pumpkins and used them to make pumpkin seed collages.
I found these Halloween erasers at Target. We had lots of fun sorting them and making patterns with them.
Halloween Costume Dress Up
I found lots of Halloween costumes at Goodwill earlier in the year. We put them in the dramatic play area along with Halloween bags and we pretended to go trick-or-treating.
We opened a bag of fake spider webs and the class helped to hang them around the classroom and put plastic spiders on them.
Candy Corn Sorting
As a treat, we all tasted some candy corn and talked about the different colors on the candy. Then we cut strips of white, yellow, and orange paper into squares and glued them onto a paper candy corn cut-out.
Besides being a sorting activity, this also used lots of small motor skills as the children cut and glued.