Monday, October 20, 2014

It’s almost Halloween and today I am sharing 10 learning and creative ideas leading that you and your kids can do to get in the mood.
10 Creative Ideas for Kids to Do Before Halloween

Halloween on Planet Smarty Pants

Halloween 2013
The next 10 days is certainly going to be busy in our house. Smarty turned 8 yesterday, and she is eagerly looking forward to other important events of October – her birthday party, a big Halloween celebration in her school called Monster Boogie Bash, a class “fall party”, and, of course, Halloween. With all new toys and books that she already received, the days will pass fast for her, but kids who are counting days until Halloween night might enjoy a count down with many learning and creative ideas shared by After School Link Up participants.

10. Read Halloween Books

Pick a book for early readers recommended by KC Edventures or check out one (or more!) from spooky chapter books recommended by A Book Long Enough.

9. Have Fun with Glow Sticks

Use one of those fun glow sticks ideas from P is for Preschooler
Fun Glow Stick Ideas

8. Make a Scarecrow

It’s even more fun if you do this scarecrow art project from Boy Mama Teacher Mama with a group of kids, but it will also work for one child.

7. Make a Bat

Pick one of great Halloween bat crafts from Gift of Curiosity.

6. Spell with Skeleton Bones

You can play this fun spelling game with “skeleton bones” from Jdaniel’s Mom for any spelling level.

5. In the Mood for Pen and Paper?

Check out this giant list of printable Halloween Activities from KC Edventures..

4. Put a Halloween Twist on a Classic Science Experiment

I really liked this witch science twist on “egg in salt water” from Science Kiddo.
Halloween egg in salt water experiment

3. Make a Homemade Halloween Costume

This monster headband from Fantastic Fun and Learning looks so cute and doesn’t take a lot of time.

2. Do a Halloween Science Experiment

Science Sparks shares 20 terrific science activities for Halloween. Perhaps your kids can pick one they like best.
20 Halloween Science Activities

1. … And a Little More Sensory Halloween Science

Surprise your kids or Halloween guests with one of these Halloween chemistry ideas that I collected into one round up.

More Halloween Ideas for Kids?

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Your Turn

Who are your kids going to be for Halloween this year. Smarty still wants to wear her ghost Halloween from the last year (in the picture in the beginning of this post).

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Ticia said...

Skeleton bone spelling, GENIUS!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

Thanks for featuring out glow stick ideas among these other great posts - I love the countdown theme!

shelah moss said...

You sure have fun celebrating Halloween!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

So many fun ideas here!

Deceptively Educational said...

I loved all the awesome Halloween ideas shared last week. What a great themed round-up!

stephanie whittle said...

So many ideas! Thanks for sharing our scarecrow art!