31 Oct 2012

Painted Pumpkins & Freebies

Do you remember when I posted a picture of a beautiful pumpkin painted purple and covered with glitter? Well, today we painted our pumpkins with some wonderful, wacky results.

They're not as glittery and posh as the one I fell in love with, but my kids put their hearts and souls into these. Some are just painted a mish mash of colours; others have faces; some are covered in pictures; and a few sport foamy stickers.

But the best part of this activity is that it was ALL done by the kids. I used to have parents come and carve jack-o-lanterns with the class and of course they all loved that, too. But let's face it; there's not actually a lot a 5 or 6-year-old can do with a knife and a tough ol' pumpkin.

 I love these goofy pumpkins and my kids do, too :)

Earlier in the day we played Halloween bingo. I'm sure you've all done this before, but on the slim chance you haven't, it's super easy to set up and the kids get a TON of practice with their words.

Everyone is given a blank sheet like the ones below. They print wall words in the squares wherever they want. Nobody's is the same. When everyone's ready I pull the words off the wall, mix them up, and show one word at a time. The kids read the word aloud, then spell it, then look for it on their sheets. We keep playing until everyone has a bingo. When they win they get to choose a little prize (usually stickers).

I play this game every year throughout the year and it's always been super popular.

If you click here you can grab both bingo sheets below, as well as the Halloween sheet I used today.  Many thanks to The 3 a.m. Teacher for her cute pumpkin graphics and Scrappin' Doodles for the panda and dog.

Happy Halloween!

4 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun day! The kids must have loved decorating those pumpkins too. Happy Halloween!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  2. Kids love painting pumpkins! They turned out cute! Thanks for the bingo sheets!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  3. Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

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