This Halloween sequencing activity will be a huge hit with your students!
It’s based on the super engaging book “Big Pumpkin”. A book that every child I’ve ever read it to has loved.
You’ll definitely want to add this to your list of Halloween activities for preschoolers!
Related: Preschool Pumpkin Activities
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.
Create character headbands for a Halloween sequencing activity!
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.
How to Make a Witch Headband
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.
How to Make a Ghost Headband
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.
How to Make a Vampire Headband
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.
How to Make a Mummy Headband for a Halloween Sequencing Activity
Cut strips of white construction paper, then staple or glue them together (to look like fabric strips around a mummy’s head).
How to Make a Bat Headband
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.
Related: Free Printable Bat Emergent Reader
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?
Looking for some fun Halloween books and activities? Carolyn of Simple Play Ideas put together this awesome “Halloween Read and Play” blog hop today.
There are over 25 book-inspired activities to try out this month!
Make sure to check out the other book based activities from fantastic bloggers!
Halloween Slime | Simple Play Ideas
Go Away Big Green Monster Craft | The Jenny Evolution
Spookley the Square Pumpkin Inspired Drawing | Kids Steam Lab
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything | The Inspired Treehouse
Monster Dancing and Eyeball Games | Chicken Babies
Croaking Frog Craft | Preschool Powol Packets
Click, Clack, Boo! Sound Effects Box | Paper and Glue
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!