Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Bones by Steve Jenkins
- Jack O’ Lantern Following Directions Activity
- Halloween Arts and Crafts
- Pumpkin Math
- Pumpkin, Pumpkins, Pumpkins FREE printables
- Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Bones by Steve Jenkins
Why we love this book:
We don’t go for all of the Halloween gore in our home. However, we do like taking a closer look at some of the Halloween traditions like pumpkins, creepy critters and skeletons. Last Halloween, we used the book Bones by Steve Jenkins to learn more about how skeleton bones fit together and how they work to move our bodies.
Jenkins’ book Bones introduces children to bones by exploring the differences between human and animal bones, many of them shown in actual size. Jenkins also explains how skeletons work. When I found this book, I knew I had a hit! It is amazingly cool! I was right, MacGyver fell head over heals for this book. Bones set the stage for our skeletons Halloween craft project. Both of the children were ready to dive right into the world of “paleontology” by building skeletons out of cotton swabs.
Jack O’ Lantern Following Directions Activity
This week I’m spotlighting Halloween Theme Activities, Art and Books. To kick the post off, I’m sharing a simple following directions activity my niece Alyssa lead for a group of after school children, ages 6-11. Once again, I like seeing how open-ended activities allow children to express themselves so differently.
- construction paper, scissors, glue
- Fold orange paper in half and cut a half circle.
Next, Alyssa dictated simple directions for the children to follow. Within the directions the children were given the freedom to create their own unique Jack O’ Lantern design. The directions can be tailored to the group of children with which you are working. Here are a few ideas to get you going:
- If you are a girl make blue eyes. They can be any shape or size.
- If you are a boy make brown eyes. They can be any shape or size.
- If you go to “ABC” School, make a red mouth.
- If you go to “EFG” School, make a purple mouth.
- If you go to “XYZ” School, make a black mouth.
- If you are 5, 6 or 7 make triangle teeth.
- If you are 8, 9, 10 or 11 make square teeth.
- If your birthday is in the summer add stripes to your Jack O’ Lantern.
- If your birthday is in the fall add dots to your Jack O’ Lantern.
* You get the idea . . .
Halloween Theme Activities
Halloween Arts and Crafts
Original Post: No Mess Halloween Jack-o’-lanterns for Kids
- These junk Jack O’ Lanterns were a huge success with the kiddos! And so much easier than carving! The children could really take control of their designs.
Original Post: Halloween Skeleton Craft for Kids
- We paired this Skeleton Craft with our Book of the Week GIVEAWAY – Bones by Steve Jenkins.
Original Post: Very Busy Spider Web Art by Children
- Spiders, snakes and bats. Oh my! Halloween is the perfect time of year to study a few creepy, crawly critters.
Original Post: Halloween Oil Pastel Art by Children (ages 2-9)
- If you’ve never used oil pastels, you must give them a try. The colors are vibrant and they are less messy than soft chalk pastels. Black paper and oil pastels make fabulous Halloween Art!
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins
Original Post: Pumpkin Math
- What is the circumference of the pumpkin? After learning about circumference and finding the circumference of the pumpkin, the children estimated and found the circumference of other spheres. Samples of math investigation templates included.
Original Post: Counting Pumpkins FREE printable book
- I See Pumpkins FREE printable book and FREE printable pumpkin counters
Original Post: Five Little Pumpkins Puppet Show
- Step by step directions and FREE printable poem cards
Original Post: Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable book
- Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable book and FREE printable pumpkin counters
Original Post: Going to the Pumpkin Patch FREE printable book
- FREE printable full color book sung to the tune of “Going on a Picnic”
Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids
Original Post: Ghosts of Halloween Past
- Samples of unique homemade Halloween Costumes for children (often made by the kids!).
Original Post: Homemade Halloween Costumes Made by Kids
- Ideas for Simple Homemade Halloween Costumes made by kids.
Original Post: Homemade Halloween Costumes by Children
- Get the picture . . . the kiddos always make their own Halloween Costumes!
- More samples of homemade costumes . . . even a Star Wars Storm Trooper Mask!
We’re GIVING AWAY one Hard Cover copy of Bones by Steve Jenkins
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Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What Halloween tricks do you have up your sleeve? Share you favorite activity, book or costume. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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