Halloween Theme Activities: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

October 15, 2013

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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

Bones by Steve Jenkins: Book GIVEAWAY

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. 

Bones by Steve Jenkins: Book GIVEAWAY

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

Halloween Theme Activities

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.

 Supplies:

  • construction paper, scissors, glue

Halloween Theme Activities

Steps:

  • 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 Theme Activities

Halloween Arts and Crafts

jack-o'-lantern junk

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.

Skeleton FamilyFun Magazine

Original Post: Halloween Skeleton Craft for Kids

  • We paired this Skeleton Craft with our Book of the Week GIVEAWAY – Bones by Steve Jenkins.

spider art project

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.

Halloween Oil Pastel Art with  Children

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

Pumpkin math

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.

I See Pumpkins: FREE printable book

Original Post: Counting Pumpkins FREE printable book

  • I See Pumpkins FREE printable book and FREE printable pumpkin counters

Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable book

Original Post: Five Little Pumpkins Puppet Show

  • Step by step directions and FREE printable poem cards

Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable book

Original Post: Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable book

  • Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable book and FREE printable pumpkin counters

Pumpkin on shoulder

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

halloween dinosaur costume

Original Post: Ghosts of Halloween Past

  • Samples of unique homemade Halloween Costumes for children (often made by the kids!).

halloween mime costume

Original Post: Homemade Halloween Costumes Made by Kids

  • Ideas for Simple Homemade Halloween Costumes made by kids.

Homemade Halloween Costumes

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!

Bones by Steve Jenkins: Book GIVEAWAY

We’re GIVING AWAY one Hard Cover copy of Bones by Steve Jenkins

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

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.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 7, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 8, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya October 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

We watch scary movies all month long. Lights out, blankets on floor, cookies and snacks ready..we snuggle up and enjoy every night a new scary movie. My son loves it!

Tiffany October 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

October is a big month for us with a very close to Halloween birthday. We usually combine the two and create a fun Halloween/ birthday party.

Stasia October 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

We have two favorite activities. We always watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and take a walk through our local corn maze.

Tara H October 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm

We don’t do Halloween, but I love all things fall…the weather, pumpkins, apples, the colors, etc.

elizabeth708 October 16, 2013 at 1:29 am

Very coooool!

tammy c. October 16, 2013 at 8:29 am

We do fall things we are now getting leaves to make animals I love your pumpkins I’m thinking about doing that.

Roxanna Alcantra October 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

We arr flexible, but we love doing pumpkin arts and crafts.

Dianne October 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

We love to make a ground beef, wild rice and sage casserole that is baked in a pumpkin.

Jeannine October 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

Yum Diane, I’m coming over for dinner!

Jeannine October 17, 2013 at 8:08 am

Tammy, you should try the junk pumpkins . . . they are so easy . . . NO mess!

Ellie October 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

We enjoy the fall colors, carve Halloween pumpkins and make fun masks.

Anna@The Measured Mom October 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

We don’t actually do much for Halloween at our house, but the kids do like to carve pumpkins with Daddy. I’m intrigued by your junk pumpkins – they look like a lot of fun! Thanks so much for sharing this packed post with After School!

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