Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hallowe’en Sensory Activities

A few things I love about Hallowe’en are the colours, scents and textures.

Over the past couple of weeks we have been exploring several sensory experiences.
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Lentils with black beans plus little plastic ants and spiders.
I included little cups and spoons.
But the children enjoyed picking out the little black pieces with
their finger and thumb.

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We played with cloud dough but this time I added orange powder paint. 
Although the paint makes the dough quite attractive it does cause a bit more
of a mess when the little ones brush their hands on their clothes. 
So I don’t think I’ll add paint again.
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Included were mini Hallowe’en shaped cake pans and pumpkin shaped jello
moulds with wooden spoons.

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Orange garland that had Hallowe’en shaped cutouts attached.
I included little black pots and little spiky balls for pinching.

And lastly mini pumpkins to cut, carve and poke.
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Having a variety of pumpkins gave us the opportunity to talk about
  • that some of them are easy to cut while others are very hard.
  • that some pumpkins have only a few seeds and others have lots.
  • that some are orange and others are white or even yellow.

Ghost Toast for Snack

Something I’ve heard from other StrongStart facilitators is that they don’t
have access to a kitchen or that the kitchen is way at the other end of the school.
This makes it difficult to cook with the families.

That was my problem in my old school too so we used a electric frying pan
and a toaster a lot.

This week for a special snack we made toast shaped like ghosts.
oct 29 001 1. Put bread in the toaster.
oct 29 002 2. Butter the toast.
oct 29 003  3. Place the ghost shaped cookie cutter on toast.
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Very easy steps to follow and steps that a child can do on their own.
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When asked what would the ghost say to being eaten?
“Oooooh no don’t eat me!”