Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ooey-Gooey Sensory Play for Halloween

This year Halloween fell on a Thursday. We led up to it all week in our Early Childhood class with stories, verses, and plenty of ooey-gooey sensory fun!

We continued with our Songs, Verses & Movement for classroom routines.

Circle Time

Monday, October 28

The Witch's Brew activity was the definite hit of this morning! Lots of the older children wanted to do this too and joined right in. I didn't grab pencil and paper fast enough to catch all of the "ingredients," but I did my best. And, wow, the creativity was flying thick and fast. Who knew that a bright red autumn leaf was actually a salmander burp?

To the hollowed out pumpkin, they added water and...

    scales of lizard tongue
    a salamander burp
    the eye of the ancient frog
    the touch of a goblin's toenail
    vampire fang
    ogre's eyes
    broccoli Skittles
    dragon's tear
    silver flowers
    ancient beehive
    bark of a crystal tree
    spider skin
    the bow from a witch's hair
    fairy powder

After all of the children had added things and stirred and stirred to their hearts' delight, we put in the two secret ingredients (a container of vinegar/water and a container of baking soda). It bubbled and fizzed in a most satisfactory way.

Tuesday, October 29

I didn't dye the cooked spaghetti black for our Halloween Sensory Bin; I simply used whole wheat spaghetti. Easier!

Also easy were our coffee can lanterns. Thank you, Ms. Shelby, for giving me a tip on these. Fill the coffee cans with water and leave them in the freezer overnight to freeze solid. It is much easier for the children to hammer through the metal walls of the coffee can without it bending while they are doing so. I used a finish hammer (lightweight) and a roofing nail (large head) and placed the coffee can on a towel while they were working on these one at a time. Add a few holes near the top for stringing the twine through. Set it out overnight for the water to thaw and, voila! A sturdy candle-ready lantern. "The Autumn Blanket" was the perfect gentle story to lead us into a discussion of the Lantern Walk and its celebration of light in the darkness.

The weather is starting to get colder so instead of spending a whole hour outside we came in early from recess and had a bonus story, Georgie.

Thursday, October 31

Children who hadn't make lanterns did their hammering work today. Sensory bins once again reigned supreme. And, of course, we made Stone Soup!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Stone Soup. We had mushroom stock, shallots, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, tomato, and zucchini. We also had Halloween cupcakes brought in by a family. Delicious!

Our community Lantern Walk (co-hosted by Trisha Revelle of Tinkergarten and myself) will be Sunday, November 3rd at 5 pm at Campus Lake Trail, with an optional Lantern Making Workshop beforehand at 4 pm at the DFC.

The songs we are learning for this special event are both from the book & CD The Singing Year by Candy Verney.

    "I Go With My Bright Little Lantern," track 73

    "Glimmer, Lantern, Glimmer," track 74

Tinkergarten has pvoided a handout with words to the Martinmas Song (slightly revised) "I Go Outside With My Lantern" to their families as well. The sheet music and words for "Glimmer, Lantern, Glimmer" may also be found in Festivals Family and Food: Guide to Seasonal Celebration, p.107.

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