Halloween: Preschool Unit Study

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Take advantage of All Hallow's Eve this year with a complete preschool unit study based on Halloween, complete with math, science, art, music, language skills, food, outdoor activities, and more. Teach your toddlers and preschoolers in a fun and creative way with these Halloween-themed teaching activities. Be sure to check out some of these fun fall books for preschoolers

Halloween Math Idea for Toddlers

Candy Corn for Halloween Math Activities
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Math isn't hard to teach to preschoolers when candy is involved. Here is a sample math lesson that is easily adapted to Halloween themes by using candy corns, pumpkin stickers, or other All Hallow's Eve icons as manipulatives. 

All Hallow's Eve Music Idea for Toddlers

Knit Bats for Halloween Music Fun
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This easy tune is a great way to educate young children about the possible scary sights they may see on Halloween night as they go trick-or-treating. Sing to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” so the kids will pick it up quickly.

Ghosts and goblins, Scary bats/I'm not afraid of this or that.
They are only make believe,
Costumes made for Halloween.
Ghosts and goblins, Scary bats/I'm not afraid of this or that.

Another way to play with music is to let children select a musical instrument and play the appropriate sound as everyone recites the Halloween poem.

Halloween Science Idea for Preschoolers

Jack O Lantern Planter for Halloween Science Activities
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One of the animals often associated with Halloween is the bat. Bats are fascinating animals, and many bat species eat insects. Help toddlers understand more about how bats fly at night and eat insects. This is a great opportunity to teach preschoolers about nocturnal animals, or animals that are awake and active during the night.

Another great project featured recently on EverydayFamily is the Jack O' Lantern planter. It's a great way for kids to get their hands dirty with some container gardening. Let them pick out the plants. Talk about soil and water and the space plants need to grow, and make something lovely for your porch at the same time. 

All Hallow's Eve Art Lesson for Toddlers

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A favorite Halloween activity is to let preschoolers decorate pumpkin cut-outs to create their own unique Jack-O-Lanterns. If the toddler can use scissors well, let him or her cut out the pumpkin face using safety scissors. If the toddler doesn't use scissors yet, he or she can create the eyes, nose, and mouth with crayons, paint, or markers.

If you want an alternative to Halloween pumpkins, you can pick one of these amazing apple crafts for your art activities. There are 20 to choose from that make up a variety of age ranges. So many goodies to choose from! Some could be adapted from apples to pumpkins for Halloween. 

Halloween Food Idea for Preschoolers

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Classic Halloween treats for children are popcorn balls, so try creating some of these fun and easy snacks with your preschoolers. Here is one recipe variation for making popcorn balls:

  1. Pre-popped, plain popcorn
  2. 1 pound of marshmallows
  3. 1 stick of butter
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt marshmallows and butter.

Add the vanilla and stir. Pour the mixture over popcorn and mix gently.

A grown-up can shape the popcorn balls themselves, but it is more fun to allow each toddler to coat their hands with butter and shape a cup of the popcorn mixture into their own shape. More easy-to-make popcorn ball recipes are available if you want to try different flavors or colors.

Outdoor Halloween Activities for Toddlers

Painted Balloons for Halloween Games
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Similar to volleyball, a game of “Hit the Ghost” can be played with one or more white balloons. Children can hit a balloon back and forth, keeping it off the ground in their area.

Or, pair the toddlers up into teams that must pass a white balloon back and forth without dropping it. The last team with their balloon still in the air wins. (We tend to avoid ghosts at our house so we use colored balloons instead.)

Halloween Themed Indoor Games

Another fun game to play when the weather is poor is played like “Hot Potato” but is played with an orange bean bag instead so the children are passing a “Hot Pumpkin.” Play a CD of Halloween songs or play a recording of the children singing “Ghosts and Goblins” from above.

More Autumn Activities for Young Children are available if you want extend the learning season for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Halloween: Preschool Unit Study

Angela England is a renaissance woman who doesn't let five children stop her from many pursuits, interests and tasks. Angela is a freelance writer, professional blogger, speaker, labor doula, massage therapist and can usually be found with a coffee nearby. Angela recently published her first book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) and has since published her first Untrained Housewife Guide - Getting Prepared. ... More

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