Halloween is a great time for the whole family., Everyone gets excited about dressing up and getting spooky. Incorporating literacy activities into Halloween festivities is easy because children are already excited about the season. Halloween is a great opportunity to engage your kids in literacy-based games and crafts as well as drawing upon classic Halloween kids books to inspire your costumes and celebrations. Here are 5 educational family activities to try with your kids this Halloween.
Teal Pumpkin Project
Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as books or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.For more information on how to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project
Potion Making Activity
Halloween is great way to put a fun spin on creative activities. Have kids make their own potion by creating their own recipe full of spooky ingredients. Ask your kids to make a list of ingredients as well as the measurements then have them draw what the potion would look like on the worksheet provided.
There are some really great, fun Halloween books and a trip to your local library to stock up on some for the holiday will surely spook-up your bedtime stories. A few that are worth hunting down include The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, The Little Old Lady Who was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd, and The Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo. Reading Halloween books is the perfect way to gear up to the big night!
Do a book report with your child on their Halloween costume. If your child is dressing as a famous person or character, research and read together about their character and prepare an oral report that they can give in class, at show and tell, or for family members. If your child is dressing as an animal or thing, they can do research and prepare a report. Your child can also include why they chose to dress up as this particular character or animal. A presentation like this one will help practice communication skills.
Monster Head Sandwich Recipe
Need a spooky way to enjoy lunch? Your kids can explore the parts of a face while creating this ghoulish Halloween monster head sandwich! This healthy meal is made from bread, hummus, fresh veggies and lunch meat.Kids will feel satisfied after creating and devouring this cooking craft.
What You Need:
-Glass or round cookie cutter
What You Do:
1.Lay out a slice of bread and use the rim of a glass or round cookie cutter to cut out a circle shape for the monster heads.
2.Now your child can play with food! Cut cheese teeth, place down olive eyes or make broccoli for hair. A sandwich meat tongue also looks scary. The sky’s the limit.
Chow down on your monster sandwiches this Halloween!