Halloween is just 3 weeks away. Here are some ideas to promote literacy during
this Halloween season.
- Collect several Halloween books (picture books
work well for this) and take turns reading scary parts in your scariest voices.
Make this a voluntary activity. Appreciative listeners are welcome to take a
more passive role. Need book ideas? Check out Monday’s book
- Read a bunch of Halloween books and rate them
with 1, 2, 3 or 4 stars. Consider sending your favorite Halloween books to
school for a teacher read-aloud.
- Record scary stories and/or Halloween family
- One pumpkin: predict how many seeds and then count
them. Who was the closest? More than one pumpkin: predict, count, and then
chart the results.
- Brainstorm and research scary animals and monsters (real and
not-so-real). Click here
for some ideas.
- Go to a haunted house or other Halloween-theme event. Take
pictures and make a Halloween scrapbook, complete with captions.
Cards and Bookmarks
Make cards for others – friends, relatives, neighbors… Scary
and/or funny is good! Ideas:
- Copy or write your own poem on the inside.
- Make thumbprint ghosts, pumpkins, witches… with
washable ink or paint, and then draw on faces.
- Fold a strip of paper, accordion-style and
glue/tape on back of picture. Attach to inside of card so it pops out when the
card is opened.
- Make Halloween bookmarks. Include lots of
Halloween words or scary sayings.
Here are some websites that suggest Halloween activities.
Love That Teaching Idea
Could also be cute cards.
Remember to take pictures!
Maybe add a fun activity for every “Boo!”
This site provides a variety of online Halloween activities.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
What a fun site! I spent a lot of time exploring.
PBS for Kids:
Stories and activities based on PBS kid shows.
These are just a few of the many ways you can promote reading and
learning at home while enjoying Halloween. Next week I’ll have more.
Does your family have fun Halloween activities? Share them in the