This Fall called for some fun festive activities! Fall Festival Day is one of my favorite school occasions of year. The seasons are changing, the weather is getting colder and the holidays are approaching. We love planning plenty of fun, hands on activities for the kids this time of year.
fine motor fun
Have you ever spotted this plant? They are fun to break apart and find the hearts inside! The little seeds are shaped like hearts, and it's a satisfying fine motor activity to pick them all apart.
Water beads are an absolute must in our sensory bin. We add spooky objects like eyeballs and spiders to make it extra creepy and fun. I don't know if you've ever felt water beads before but they feel so cool!!
These little erasers are a seasonal find at your local Target. They're always switching them out, so I collect them practically every month. They make for great center manipulatives! We used them this fall to practice patterns and counting.
One way we practiced our fine motor skills this month was by stretching rubber bands over bumpy gourds. The kids loved feeling the strange textures and seeing how many bands they could fit on them.
We practiced tossing balls into small cauldrons and trick or treat buckets and got really good at hand-eye coordination. This became quite the competition among both students and teachers!
We enjoyed a healthy snack complete with adorable pumpkin faces, created by the kiddos, of course!
We continued working on our fine motor skills by glueing down small sequins to precut foam leaves. These made great classroom displays once they dried. We had plenty to help decorate both the classroom and the hallway for our Fall Festival this year.
The foam leaves, stickers and sequins can be found at your local craft stores or dollar stores. The kids really liked the puffy stickers because they were easy to peel themselves. We couldn't end the day without a little treat bag either!
The kids liked using these gem-like fall objects to practice patterns and counting during center times. These are the scatter bags, found at Hobby Lobby. They sorted the objects, counted them, created little patterns and had great conversations about the characteristics they saw.
As a STEM challenge, kiddos made spider webs! Picture one shows what they did on the first day, given the materials with no guidance, other than to make spider webs. Picture twos shows how the kiddos did with guidance on the second day. They were instructed to form a hexagon with cups and popsicle sticks to create webs.
Then, it was time for a science experiment! All you need for this is baking soda, vinegar, green food coloring and a container. We chose a mini cauldron so it would truly look like witches brew!
The reaction of the vinegar and baking soda made a cool, green ooze the kids were fascinated by! Check out those awesome bubbles!
candy corn craft
The craft of the day was this cute little Candy Corn activity. The kids practiced more fine motor skills by cutting out the pieces and glueing them together. I just love how different all of the eyes look based on how far apart the kids place them. SO cute!
We discussed the properties of pumpkins and things we already know about them as a group. I found out that some students know a LOT about pumpkins and some knew very little as we got started. It's always fun talking about pumpkins, how they grow and what's inside them. We finished this lesson with a tasty cookie treat!
Our story for the Fall Festival was There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro. Her stories are so silly and the kids like reading these for each season. She has one for practically every season and holiday, all year long.
You know you're a teacher when you haul 70 pumpkins into school and they go tumbling and rolling all around the parking lot! Our crew had some great belly laughs over this ordeal! AND, seeing the kids' looks of surprise over getting to take their very own pumpkins home...worth it!
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