Looking for some fun Halloween books and activities? Carolyn of The Pleasantest Thing put together this awesome “Halloween Read and Play” blog hop today. There are over 25 book-inspired activities to try out this month! My contribution is a sequencing activity to go along with one of my favorite Halloween books.
Hands-down, my favorite Halloween book is Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. When I taught kindergarten, a friend and coworker introduced this book to me, and I’ve loved it ever since! I love the illustrations, the repetitive (but not annoyingly so) text, the teamwork the characters display, and the way it’s read on tape! Ok, enough gushing on my part.
After reading Big Pumpkin with the kiddos, create headbands or masks to recreate the story! Below are the super easy directions for each of our headbands.
Create character headbands for a Halloween sequencing activity!
Cut black construction and orange construction paper into strips. Cut a triangle from black paper, as well. Staple the black strips together until you have the appropriate length to go around child’s head. Staple or glue the black triangle in the middle of the strips. “Crimp” the orange strips by folding forward and backward in small squares. Staple the orange “hair” to either side of the triangle.
Cut white construction paper into strips and staple together to create a child’s headband. Cut an oval-like shape from white paper for the ghost’s face, as well. Cut two eye holes in the face, then add a smile with marker. Staple or glue the face to the headband, ensuring that the eye holes line up with child’s eyes.
Create a headband using black construction paper strips. Cut white triangles out of construction paper – these are the “fangs” of the vampire! Staple or glue the fangs to the black headband. Cut a simple bow-tie shape out of black paper, then add yarn so child can tie it around his neck.
Cut strips of white construction paper, then staple or glue them together (to look like fabric strips around a mummy’s head).
Cut black construction paper into strips, then create a child’s headband with the strips. Cut two wing shapes out of black construction paper, too. Glue or staple the “wings” to either side of the black headband.
For the sequencing activity, have each child choose a character to play. Each kiddo dons the appropriate headband, of course! Retell the story with the children, encouraging them to act out their parts. There will likely be a lot of giggles along the way!
Picture cards can be used for a sequencing activity, too!
For a more individual Big Pumpkin sequencing activity, use picture cards! I’ve created a simple set of cards to represent the characters in the book. Cut them apart, laminate them, then let the children place the cards in the right order while retelling the story.
What’s your favorite Halloween sequencing activity? What about your favorite Halloween book?
This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop. Make sure to check out the other book based activities from fantastic bloggers!
LalyMom- Five Little Pumpkins- Clothespin Activity
Mama Smiles- Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?- Felt Board Activity and Coloring Pages
One Time Through- Magic School Bus: Haunted Museum- Spooky Sound Experiments
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes
Study at Home Mama- 10 Halloween Books and 50 Activities Don’t forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!