Decide on a schedule for center time–how long before the children rotate to the next center. When the centers are finished, gather all the children together for a Halloween sing-along.
Some center choices are:
- PUMPKIN BOWLING: Use 2 “pie” pumpkins (the small ones – about 4-6″ across), break off the stem, and use them to bowl down 3 or 4 1 liter bottles filled with sand or beans/rice (from your sand or rice/bean table). Make sure you put the caps are on. It’s fun because the pie pumpkins don’t exactly roll straight!
- SKELETON RACES: If you study about bodies or bones, this activity fits into your curriculum! Divide the group into relay teams. Each team has to run a distance (maybe 15 feet) to put together a large (!!) skeleton in the correct order. (It can be a large bulletin board size cardboard skeleton that you’ve taken apart at the various joints.) Plan for this next year by purchasing LARGE plastic skeletons on clearance after Halloween this year.
- STICK THE WART ON THE WITCH’S NOSE: Give each child a piece of gum and let them chew it for a few minutes. Play as you would “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”. You will need a laminated picture of a witch, gum, and a blindfold.
- MUMMY UNWRAP: Unwind a roll of toilet paper and then rewind it and put various little prizes in it. The kids sit in a circle and UNwind the toilet paper until they find a prize. Then they pass it on to the next person.
- GRAVEYARD BOWLING: Set up 5-6 bowling pins (depending on # of students) on a sideline in the gym. Place a yardstick about 6 feet away. Students must lay on their stomachs and slide a hockey puck or roll a ball to knock over the pins.
- BAT AEROBICS: Lead the children in exercises, using jumping jacks, skiers, bat squats (with arms flying), grapevines and any other steps you choose. Then have students take turns leading the bat aerobics.
- MUMMY JUMPING: Students make believe they are mummies and use their imagination to jump, with a partner, like a mummy.
- TAPE THE NOSE ON THE PUMPKIN: Have children use a white crayon to write their names on a ‘nose’. Put a piece of tape on back of each nose. Use a scarf to cover one child’s eyes. Have the child walk toward the pumpkin poster and tape the nose to the pumpkin. Repeat for each child.
- CANDY BAG ESTIMATION: Have child put their name on an estimation paper. Have children look at each item (popsicle sticks, wooden cubes, bears, plastic tiles, pattern blocks, and unifix cubes) and estimate how many of each item will fit in a candy bag. The children write these numbers on their papers under ESTIMATE. Now the children actually fill their bags with the various items and count how many of each really fit in the candy bag. They are to write these numbers on their papers.
- HALLOWEEN BINGO:
This site has bingo cards with 9 pictures.
- HAUNTED PIZZA: Make this Halloween snack by spreading pudding on a graham cracker or other cookie. Then sprinkle on chocolate cookie crumbs and add gummy worms.
- HOT PUMPKIN: This is like hot-potato; when the music stops you need to say a Halloween-related word before the group counts to 10. (Great for vocabulary reinforcement!)
- PIN THE FANGS ON DRACULA
- BLACK AND ORANGE PLAYDOUGH: Use Halloween cookie cutters.
- MASKS: Use paper plates as a base and open-ended materials to decorate the masks.
- HEADBANDS: Black or orange strip of construction paper measured to child’s head; templates of bats,spiders, ghosts, pumpkins to trace, cut and paste onto the strip (A favorite station every year!)
- HALLOWEEN STICKERS OR STAMP-A-STORY: Each child may select one sticker or stamps to place on a piece of paper. The child is to then write a sentence or story about that sticker or stamp. Pencil or colored marker may be used to write with. If a child finishes one paper, he/she may select another sticker and complete another page.
- CANDY SORTING: For each child fill a bag with several kinds of candy. Have the students estimate how many pieces of candy are in their bag. Then the students count how many pieces of candy are really in their bags. Have the students sort their candy in three different ways. First have them sort the chocolate and non-chocolate candy. Next have the children sort the candy into large and small pieces. Then they sort by favorite and not favorite.
- DEM BONES CANDY SORTING: Have students sort their candies by body parts. If you can find a graphing mat for Dem Bones, have students graph the various body parts by coloring in one square for each piece of candy.
- JACK-O-LANTERN GAME: (similar to “roll-a-snowman”) Each child starts with a pumpkin shape. They roll the die and decorate their pumpkin accordingly. (1=triangle, 2=square, 3=mouth, 4=leaf, 5=lose your turn, 6=circle)
- HALLOWEEN COLORING: Free choice
- WILD THINGS RUMPUS: Musical instruments (used freely-yikes!)
- HALLOWEEN MATH CENTER: Placemats with Halloween counters for counting and patterning
- HALLOWEEN STORIES: Adult reads/looks at books with children (It’s surprising how many children actually choose to sit for a quiet story among the noisy party atmosphere!)
- GHOST CRAFT AND GAME: Make ghosts and pumpkins by wrapping tissue paper around ping-pong balls. The children take turns trying to throw them into a plastic pumpkin.
- WING FLING: Use small plastic/rubber bats to toss into bat-shaped ‘cave’ (a bat-shaped serving tray bought at party store ( or you could use a jack-o’-lantern trick or treat bucket). Kids make tally marks with chalk on black paper bat shapes.
- WITCH’S BREW: Kids graph the ingredients.
- GAK: Kids make the slimy stuff in ziploc bags.
- OWL SANDWICHES: Kids use bread, bologna, cheese, pickle slices, and cheetos to make edible ‘owls’.
- PUMPKIN SEED BLOWING: Kids use a straw to ‘blow’ pumpkin seeds on a chart with Halloween stickers.
- PUMPKIN PATTERNING: Trace a pumpkin or ghost onto a piece of construction paper. Use dot stickers to make a pattern on the outline of the ghost or pumpkin.
- HALLOWEEN STORE: Have different Halloween party favors in dishes with a price on each one. For kinders, just use pennies. Have the children buy a toy by counting out real pennies to purchase or using penny stickers to record the amount on an index card. They get to keep the toy.
- HOW LONG IS MR. BONES?: Lay a plastic skeleton on the table and estimate how many unifix cubes tall the skeleton is. Then use unifix cubes to measure him.