Monday, October 26, 2015

Tricks and Treats Blog Hop!

I'm participating in a fabulous SPED tricks and treats blog hop.  You can follow along and pick up some great ideas for tricks played in the classroom, along with some very special treats {freebies to use, too}!
Of course for me teaching preschool is the best because my little sweeties are at that tender age where they can be easily 'tricked'.  I love reading 'spooky' stories and 'knocking' on the door when the book calls for it or turning out the lights as I am reading the story {I arrange these things ahead of time with my para}.  They fall for it every time!  My favorite books to read are 'Five Little Pumpkins, 'Inside a House That is Haunted', and 'Big Pumpkin'.
I also LOVE using my water table for Halloween sensory activities.
After reading 'Even Monsters Need Haircuts', 
I have my little ones cut cut spaghetti noodles with play dough or blunt scissors.  To make, simply cook noodles according to package directions, then add 1/2 cup oil after the water is drained to keep the noodles from sticking together. 
Another super fun sensory activity to use for this time of year is to make green slime and add some wiggle eyes to the mix.  If you would like to make your own, here is the recipe:
Every year, I have my little ones practice trick or treating at school.  We decorate a small paper bag.  {Sometimes I will decrease the size on a copy machine and then glue the visual steps of trick or treating on the bag to be referred to, if needed}  I also take a copy with me to point to each step as we go. Either my students will bring a simple costume to wear or we use some dress up clothes from the classroom.  I arrange ahead of time the classrooms or people in the school we will visit.  
You can ask the parents send in a bag of candy and pass these bags out to anyone who is helping with this activity. Before we go out, we practice, practice, practice what to do.  My hope is that after practicing, when the parents take their children out, it will run more smoothly.

Now is a great time to stock up on little bags of M & M's to use for sorting, graphing, and counting activities.  Enjoy these mats as another freebie.  Print on card stock and laminate to reuse.
Thanks to 
Creative Clips for the border clipart.
Now follow along to the next stop to grab some more ticks and treats!
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  1. I might just need to try those sensory bin ideas... at least with the noodles, it's food ... so if they eat it, it's kind of okay, right? LOL ;)

    Thanks so much for joining the hop. :)

  2. You are such a fun teacher!!!! And I LOVE your practicing trick or treating idea!!! We may just be able to squeeze this in this week!!!

  3. I LOVE you steps for Trick or Treating! I am so going to use this with my students. We always practice Trick or Treating as well!

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  4. I think I'm going to try the spaghetti. My students need practice cutting.

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