On the 31st of October, it is Halloween. The following provides Halloween Templates, free Printables and Activities that will help you celebrate Halloween at your service and can be implemented into the curriculum for children.
Halloween's origins can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, which was held on November 1 in contemporary calendars. It was believed that on that day, the souls of the dead returned to their homes, so people dressed in costumes and lit bonfires to ward off spirits.
Halloween Tracing - Halloween Tracing helps the children develop prewriting skills by encouraging them to trace pictures. Children tracing pictures with different lines and shapes while creating the picture will give them the confidence to write letters and numbers.
Witches Brew Bubble Counting - The Witches Brew Bubble Counting encourages children to identify the number on the cauldron and add the matching number of bubbles on top of the cauldron. These can be laminated and also used with play dough. This is great for children beginning to recognise numbers and also for counting and one-to-one correspondence.
Halloween Shadow Cards - The Halloween Shadow Cards encourage children to examine the different shapes of various objects and match them to their correct shadows. It helps children with visual memory and enables children to sort based on the similarities and differences of different objects.
Alphabet Witches Match - Alphabet Witches Match enables children to match the correct letter on the witch's hat to the correct witch. This activity supports children in recognising the letters of the alphabet, improves their concentration and memory as well as practices visual discrimination.
Spider Counting - Spider counting is a counting activity from 1 to 10 for children to match the correct number of spiders onto the plane. This activity is great for number recognition, for children learning their numbers, for one-to-one correspondence and more.
Pumpkin Head Shapes - Pumpkin Head Shapes are a simple activity for children. Children have to choose the correct shape to add to the pumpkin to complete the pumpkin head face.
Monster Colouring Pages - Monster Colouring Pages enable children to create their own monsters. They can colour, collage, and paint a monster of their own.
Monster Colour Match - Monster Colour Match is a simple and fun activity that enables children to choose the correct colour of the monster from the colour options given. This is a great activity for colour recognition and for children learning colours.
Monster Hair Cutting - Monster Hair Cutting is a simple activity that enables children to practice their cutting skills by cutting different types of lines of hair. Children can also colour in their monster before giving it a haircut! Great for Halloween.
Halloween Colouring Pages - Halloween is on October 31st and to celebrate we have 8 Halloween colouring pages for children to use. These can be used as colouring pages or painted as part of Halloween craft experiences.
Halloween Gross Motor Movement Cards - Halloween Gross Motor Movement Cards are a great way to get children moving to enable children to use whole-body actions. Each action is simple to follow and movements are based on a Halloween theme.
Halloween Songs and Rhymes Posters - The Halloween Songs and Rhymes Posters are great to display within the learning environment for Halloween! These are easy and catchy songs to teach children based on a Halloween theme. These songs include action and counting songs which can be used during group time or during transitions.
Art and Craft
Halloween Witch Mask - Create a simple witch mask, which the children can wear for Halloween.
Spooky Halloween Ghost - Create a spooky ghost using cotton balls for Halloween.
Monster Mask: Get creative and make this Monster Mask, sweet or scary the choice is yours.
Halloween Pumpkin Face - Children can create these pumpkins as part of Halloween celebrations.
Monster Wreaths - This Halloween, create a monster wreath to hang in the room.
Songs and Rhymes
The Halloween Bus - Go aboard the Halloween bus with this catchy song sung to the tune of "The Wheels On The Bus".
Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate -A super simple counting song for children that teaches cardinal numbers to five.
Spiders, Skeletons, Cats, and Ghosts - A simple action sung in the tune of 3 blind mice for toddlers and preschoolers, counting backwards from five using spiders, skeletons, cats and ghosts.
Trick Or Treat - This is a fun template to guess who the child is.
Halloween Dress Ups - This template is used during Halloween celebrations at the centre to show the different costumes and characters.
Halloween Learning Story - This template is used to detail the Halloween experiences the children engaged in at the service.